The year is drawing to a close and numerous TV manufacturers have launched their new 4K and 8K TVs. OLED and QLED are two screen technologies that are currently unavoidable.
OLED televisions use organic light-emitting diodes to emit light and produce a high-quality image. In Samsung’s QLED televisions, the image is created by quantum dots that split the light provided by backlight.
With OLEDs, the viewing angle and contrast ratio are larger. QLEDs offer higher brightness and a very large color gamut. We explain the pros and cons of the best TVs for you. Thereby we orientate ourselves on different price levels, so that there is something for every purse.
These are the Best TVs 2020 in 2020
- Perfect Blacks
- Contrast of ∞:1
- Clear movements
- Very good viewing angle
- HDMI 2.1
- Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos
- Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
- 120 Hz VA panel
- Picture quality in a dark environment
- Gaming performance
- Input Lag ~9ms
- HDMI 2.1
- No local dimming
- Viewing angle
- Picture quality in bright surroundings
- No Dolby Vision
- Deep black
- Contrast ratio 6400:1
- Good Smart Features
- Viewing angle
- HDR performance
- No wide color gamut
The Best OLED TV 2020 with HDMI 2.1
LG CX OLED
The LG CX is definitely one of the highlights of the year. With the HDMI 2.1 OLED, the South Korean company has launched a future-proof television that is excellently positioned for almost any content. You also benefit from perfect black, excellent contrast ratio and an extremely wide viewing angle. Movie nights with the whole family work just as well with the CX as gaming with Playstation or Xbox – and thanks to HDMI 2.1, it is also ready for the coming consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X.
HDMI 2.1 enables data transfer at up to 48 Gbps. This supports a Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card (Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card), which means gaming without annoying screen tearing. Furthermore, an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) is available. In addition, you can enjoy uncompressed Dolby Atmos via HDMI eARC for movies. For this, however, you need a dedicated soundbar or a home cinema system.
These great features are complemented by very good smart features: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are already on board for voice control of the smart interface. Apple users can look forward to Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming and mirroring and HomeKit for controlling the smart home functions! A cheaper alternative with similarly good picture quality is the LG B9 from 2019.
The Best OLED TV 2020 gaming
Samsung QLED Q70T
The Samsung Q70T QLED is a mid-range television from Samsung’s 2020 QLED lineup. It is Samsung’s most affordable TV with HDMI 2.1 and can score especially with its gaming performance. Both Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card and ALLM are supported and the Time it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) is really impressive with about 9ms. So you can take the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 to the limit with it – and even [email protected] is already included.
Its 120Hz Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel The panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. produces a deep black and a great contrast ratio of 7100:1, but unfortunately it does not have a Full Array Local Dimming to increase it even more. Due to the Quantum Dot layer, which gives the QLED series its name, it also has a wide color The complete subset of colors which can be displayed by the screen, through which vivid and bright colors can be displayed. In dark surroundings it provides a quite good picture quality, but only as long as you look straight at it. Because the colors blur quite fast when viewed from a slightly oblique angle. If you are looking for a low-priced alternative for gaming, but do not want to do without a wide viewing angle, you should take a closer look at LG’s Nano85, which also has HDMI 2.1.
The Q70T is in no way inferior to most high-end TVs in terms of smart features.
The Best entry-level TV 2020
If you are looking for a more affordable but still reliable Smart TV, the Samsung TU8079 is your TV. With such a low-cost TV, you can not expect too much, especially when it comes to High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range). However, the TU8079 fits seamlessly and easily into the smart home. It supports Apple Airplay 2 and can be operated with an Amazon Echo through Alexa voice control.
The 60Hz Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel The panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. produces a good image in dark surroundings, which is due to the deep black and the good contrast ratio of 6400:1. You have to make some concessions in gaming, though. The TU8079 has a good Time it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) and an Auto Low Latency Mode, but HDMI 2.1 and a Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card are not available. However, you can not really blame it for this due to its low price.
The somewhat more expensive Philips 7304 “The One” is also a budget candidate, which you should take a closer look at if you are looking for a solid, but still affordable TV. Especially the Ambilight feature, which lights up the room in the colors of the movie, is really a highlight.
The Best TVs 2020 compared
Good features for gaming include low input lag, low motion blur and sufficient frame rate.
The viewing angle is the angle at which the screen can be viewed without the colors being washed out and the brightness diminishing.
A classic bright environment would be a well lit living room with many windows. Good televisions should be able to deliver good pictures in a bright room.
In dark rooms, televisions should also be able to display content correctly. This requires good black levels so that black content does not appear dark grey in complete darkness.
To bring the cinema experience home to you, a good television set should be able to reproduce images and sound equivalent to modern cinemas.
Anyone who likes to watch high-resolution content such as Blu-rays or 4K streaming needs a TV with wide gamut and good top brightness. This is the only way to display films and series with a high contrast range.
Every Smart TV has a number of Smart Features that are designed to make operation easier. In addition to apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, these include voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as Apple AirPlay 2.
The number of connections to ensure flexibility for the technical periphery pay for the equipment.
Not all televisions have the same technical features. Here you can choose according to your needs.
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What makes the best TV?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the best television set. Each of the models presented here has different strengths, weaknesses and price levels, some of which are very different. You should therefore choose the TV that best suits your needs and is still cost-effective.
OLED televisions from LG and Sony deliver the best picture quality, but QLED televisions, which take a completely different approach technologically, come very close to picture quality. However, LG and Sony have significant differences despite the same screen technology.
Due to HDMI 2.1, the LG CX and Q70T are very well suited for gaming and they are a safe investment for the future, as the new HDMI standard is guaranteed to be used by the new PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, the CX has a much better picture quality due to the OLED construction, which the two cheaper TVs simply can not match. So the LG CX’s is well prepared for movie nights in brilliant High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) performance.
As the Q70T is the cheapest QLED with HDMI 2.1. It can be considered an excellent entry level model for next gen gaming and can already take it all to the limit. Including [email protected]! But for this you have to accept a narrow viewing angle.
The Samsung TU8079 is our most affordable candidate. Of course, it lacks some of the features that the other two TVs have, but in return you get a low-priced, yet well-balanced Smart TV with lots of great features, which does not immediately tear a huge hole in the household budget – and its picture in dark surroundings in a straight viewing angle is still quite impressive!