The best of the best in terms of display technology boxes meant for your living room
This year’s CES proved that televisions are not dying anytime soon and what followed was a plethora of some of the best TVs that we have seen since plasmas. Our top TVs for this year are hard to get and you’ll probably be enjoying them in showrooms for the time being, but they’re a sign of things to come and we are loving it.
Zero1 Winner: LG 4K Curved OLED TV
Take heed videophiles, plasma has finally been outdone. The OLED technology that LG employs in its new UHD televisions is better than plasma televisions of lore. And that is why this LG TV is the winner of this year’s Zero1 Awards. It achieves a contrast ratio of 81330:1 at 50% brightness, which beats the best out by a pretty mile. The white levels lie at 6900K, as close as it gets to the desired 6500K level. In addition, OLED tech allows LG to eliminate motion blurs, which is really good news for gamers. Turning off a pixel achieves true black for LG, so in movies like Gravity, outer space looks like nothing you’ve ever seen on television.
What’s more? The TV may breathe life into LG’s once defunct WebOS again. The company’s OS operates on this, making it one of three TV OSes to watch out for right now. It’s really smooth and works without any glitches. If you haven’t used a smart operating system before then it’ll take some getting used to, but once that is done, you wouldn’t want your TV to operate in any other way.
Price: Rs. 3,84,900
Second place: Samsung Curved SUHD TV
This UHD TV made us rethink our stance on curved televisions. Apart from the curved body, it is beautifully constructed and quite easy to assemble. It runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS, which the company has also been trying on phones. Unlike the phone though, the OS works quite well on the TV and the motion-controlled remote is quite easy to get used to.
Before the LG 4K OLED came into the Digit Test Labs, this Samsung TV was amongst the best that we’d ever tested. The 1100:1 contrast ratio is still amongst the best, but it’s behind the TV mentioned above. It achieves a maximum brightness of 302.9 cd/m2 and even though it doesn’t have an OLED panel, it comes pretty darn close to it in terms of black levels.
It upscales 1080p and 1080i content to UHD and does a really good job of it. We even used a PS4 to game on it and found no judder or response lag issues. If you carry a select few Samsung phones, then this TV has some added screen mirroring functions that you can take advantage of, and they are work quite well. A joy to behold, this Samsung SUHD TV!
Price: Rs. 4,40,000
Best Buy : Sony W950C Android TV
The third of the three big TV OSes, Android TV is being used by Sony in all of its new televisions. While this Sony TV still costs a pretty penny, it’s hard to argue against the picture quality and other performance aspects. If Sony could have provided 4K support for this price, we would perhaps have considered this to be the winner of our Zero1 awards this year as well.
When we started reviewing this TV, we were worried about the lack of 4K support, but we soon realised that Sony’s focus was on quality and not the quantity of pixels. The wide colour gamut and very good black levels allows it to achieve a better contrast ratios than most of its competitors. In addition, it doesn’t oversaturate colours like many other TVs on the market today. If you’re a fan of true to source colours on whatever you watch, then this is the TV or you.
On top of all of this is Android TV, which is really easy to use. Amongst the three TV OSes mentioned here, Android TV is perhaps the easiest to get used to, and with Google behind it, we think it would get more content support.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the TV also delivers excellent sound quality, ensuring that you won’t need to buy extra speakers with it.
Price: Rs. 1,32,000