Memorial Day sales are already in full swing even though the holiday is still a few days away. Need to upgrade your home entertainment space with a huge 65-inch 4K TV? You’ve come to the right place. Best Buy and Dell have slashed as much as $250 off the TCL 4 Series, LG UN7300, Vizio M-Series QLED, and Sony X900F 4K TVs.
TCL’s Roku TVs hit a sweet spot between affordability and decent picture quality. The TCL 4 Series is one such TV. It might be TCL’s cheapest 4K offering yet (in fact, some 1080p displays are actually pricier) but you still get the superb Roku TV experience, surprising HDR support (albeit limited), and excellent responsiveness for gaming. A couple of downsides are no local dimming and unimpressive motion handling.
The TCL 4 Series’ screen is packed with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels with direct backlighting and HDR (high-dynamic range) support. The result? A decent, if somewhat basic, 4K viewing experience. Color accuracy is fine but somewhat off. The orangey hues of Blade Runner 2049′s dystopian landscapes appeared a bit pink. This also isn’t the brightest screen we’ve ever encountered, so it would be best not to place it in a well-lit room. The same goes for the bad viewing angles. This is the type of TV that must be watched directly in front of the screen. The sound quality is also relatively weak and won’t stand a chance in rooms with lots of ambient noise. A soundbar ought to solve that issue.
At least this TV comes pre-built with Google Assistant for voice-powered convenience, and as usual, Roku TV remains one of our favorite TV platforms. What you’re getting is a wide variety of streaming services to watch, including Netflix and Hulu, presented in an organized fashion. Finally, although this TV doesn’t offer HDR support when gaming, it does deliver great response times, a superb advantage when playing fast-paced games. Right now, the 65-inch unit of the TCL 4 Series 4K TV is on sale at Best Buy for just $450 instead of $470.
The UN7300 sits near the lower end of LG’s 4K TV range, but it still manages to shine thanks to its exceptionally bright display, wide viewing angles, and excellent smart TV features. This TV’s design is simple. It is made entirely of plastic with chunky black bezels surrounding the screen. Its stands are plain-looking but sturdy, and the black panel is nondescript and doesn’t distract. At 3.5-inches thick, this TV might not be well suited for wall mounting as it’s going to stick out from the wall quite a bit.
Behind this TV you’ll find three HDMI ports, two USB ports, a coaxial connector for hooking up an antenna, and combination component and composite video inputs. There’s a LAN port for connecting to your home network via Ethernet, but the TV also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi built in. If you have a soundbar (or are planning to buy one), we have great news: The second HDMI port also supports an audio return channel, (sometimes called HDMI ARC), letting you use a single HDMI connection for all of the audio.
This TV flaunts a widescreen display with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels or four times the resolution of Full HD, and it’s quite good for most content. The IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so it will look good no matter where you’re sitting. And since this TV is illuminated by direct backlighting, you won’t have any problem putting it in a brightly lit room. A couple of things we didn’t like: Color accuracy wasn’t the best, and contrast was mediocre. Watching scenes with extreme contrast between light and dark, you’ll notice that although the lights are pretty bright, the darks aren’t the deepest. Still, we were pretty happy with the overall picture quality. Furthermore, this TV supports multiple 4K Active HDR formats such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG.
One area that LG doesn’t compromise on is the smart TV experience. LG’s WebOS is one of our favorite smart TV platforms since it’s easy to navigate and offers decent app selection. You’ve got access to every popular streaming service, including Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV. What’s more, voice control is possible via the integration of both Google Assistant and Alexa. You can also connect your Apple and Android devices on the big screen as it supports AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connections.
The 65-inch LG UN7300 UHD 4K TV has an impressive display and is excellent value for your money. Get yours on Best Buy today for $650, a cool $50 off its normal retail price of $700.
– $750, was $1,000
The Vizio M-Series QLED’s design is minimalist, as are the most recent 4K TVs. The bezel that surrounds the screen is incredibly slim and is only slightly thicker at the bottom. It is supported by two boomerang-shaped legs, which are detachable should you wish to mount this TV on your wall. Behind it are two sets of ports, one facing right and the other facing downward. There are four HDMI ports (one of them offers an audio-return channel that’s optimized for soundbars), one USB port, one optical port, RCA jacks, a port for HD antennas, and an Ethernet port for network connection. Sadly, this TV doesn’t support a Bluetooth connection, so you need to have some sort of plug-in adapter to use wireless headphones.
This TV’s quantum dots work together to deliver a picture with boosted brightness and a full-array local dimming (FALD) for extreme contrasts — the blacks are inky black and the brights are beautifully bright. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so it’s capable of a wider spectrum of colors and details. Overall, its picture quality is simply sensational for something that costs less than $1,000.
Surprisingly, this TV’s built-in speakers deliver audio that is quite decent despite the TV being so slim. The bass is punchy but won’t make furniture vibrate, the dialogue is extremely audible, and the volume can easily fill a small-to-medium-sized room.
Unfortunately, Vizio’s remote control remains frustratingly unevolved, with far too many buttons. It does its job well, but it’s not as wonderfully simple as a Roku or Samsung remote. The same can be said for its smart TV system. It runs with SmartCast 3.0 and is comparatively faster than older Vizio TVs but still slower than a Roku. The interface looks well-organized and polished, and it has built-in Chromecast, but you cannot add new apps on it.
The Vizio M-Series QLED offers the ultimate TV viewing experience on a shoestring budget, thanks to a bright and colorful display that truly stuns. Unfortunately, it runs with the sluggish SmartCast 3.0 interface and comes with a frustratingly primitive remote. But seriously, you can overlook these things as it really delivers where it matters most. Get a 65-inch unit of this QLED 4K TV for $750 instead of $1,000 at Dell – a huge $250 off.
– $1,000, was $1,200
For most of 2018, the Sony X900F reigned supreme as the best-looking LED screen out there. Almost nothing came close to its incredible picture quality. Then, along came the OLED A9G Master Series the following year and we thought it might overshadow the excellent X900F. It did, but then we saw its sticker price and our jaws collectively dropped. Not to worry. Although nearly a couple of years old, the Sony X900F is still an incredible, up-to-date TV worth having. Right now, it’s on sale at Best Buy for $1,000, a huge $200 off its normal retail price of $1,200.
This TV oozes high quality without having to call too much attention to itself. It is simple, sleek, and understated. The screen is surrounded by a thin aluminum frame, and its brush-metal feet offer the opportunity for cable management, although we noticed that there’s no real effort to keep wires in check, unlike other TVs. You’d have to get creative if you don’t want visible wires.
What’s responsible for the X900F’s glorious picture is underneath the hood: Sony’s X1 Extreme processor. From excellent color management to clean motion resolution for everything from games to 24-fps movies, the X1 Extreme runs things with panache. It’s best to put this TV in a dark room if you really want to be blown away, as its native contrast ratio, color, accuracy, and full-array local dimming support is unbelievable. Furthermore, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR processing for the ultimate high-definition and virtually judder-free viewing experience.
Android TV is fine overall, but we noticed that it is relatively sluggish and less polished compared to other smart TV platforms. It’s our biggest gripe with any Sony TV, including the X950G and A9G. We suggest that you get yourself a Roku or Fire TV stick. At least the built-in Chromecast is a nice little feature that allows you to control the X900F using your smartphone. Sound quality isn’t the best, though, which is really something you should anticipate with a TV this paper-thin. The solution? A soundbar.
The Sony X900F offers spectacular picture quality without having to shell out thousands of dollars more. Get a 65-inch unit for a huge $200 less at Best Buy today.
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