The most advanced televisions available now are the pinnacle of smart TV development to date. Including HDMI 2.1 ports, support for 120Hz input, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for next-gen game consoles and PCs are just a few of the powerful features packed into these displays.
The following recommendations include some of the finest examples of both 4K and 8K display technology.
Supreme in every respect
TCL Six-Series (2020)
We may not all have unlimited funds to spend on a new television, but we all want to get one that will last for years. The 2020 TCL 6-Series is currently our favorite television for this purpose (9/10, WIRED Recommends). This stunning 4K TV combines Roku’s built-in streaming media player with cutting-edge features such as quantum dots (which produce vivid colors) and local dimming (which produces darker blacks). The 6-Series continues TCL’s reputation for low prices while delivering picture quality comparable to that of much more expensive LG and Samsung models. Dolby Vision, our preferred high-dynamic-range format, is supported as well, resulting in stunningly realistic hues.
Runner-Up (Best Value for Gamers)
U8G Hisense TV
This Hisense model (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a fantastic choice if you own a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, despite lacking the gorgeous local dimming of the TCL 6-Series. That means they can display certain games at a smooth 120 frames per second. If you don’t want to mount your TV on the wall, you might want to think about getting one of these because it has one of the best centers stands, I’ve seen on a TV under $1,000. The time to purchase is still now. The release dates for the 2022 Hisense models have not yet been set, but the company is aiming for the “late summer.”
Highest-Rated Affordable TV
Series 5, TCL (50-inch, 2021)
With Roku’s help, TCL’s TVs have become quite popular, and rightfully so. Even though the 6-Series has more features, we advise starting with a 2020 5-Series 4K HDR TV. The new 5-Series has full-array local dimming, which provides greater contrast than many budget TVs, unlike its edge-lit predecessor. It’s better than any HD television you may already own and is perfectly serviceable for video games. It has Roku preinstalled, so all you have to do is plug it in and start streaming. Although TCL produces televisions in a variety of screen sizes, we advise going with the 50-inch model for the best value.
Other Quality Low-Cost Televisions
We also recommend the Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-Inch ($548) for its great looks (8/10, WIRED). The Smartcast interface on Vizio TVs has been updated, making it simpler to cast tabs from laptops and mobile phones. Vizio’s excellent local dimming technology will provide excellent contrast, though not as many zones as the TCL 6-series.
Thanks to its picture processing and built-in X1 processor, the Sony X80J ($598) is one of the most visually appealing televisions in its price range. If you’re looking for a TV for around $1,000, the processing is a major differentiator, and Sony has always produced some of the finest. The display appears good even without local dimming, with good brightness and color reproduction even in darker settings. It’s got a gaming mode that’s optimized for PlayStations (albeit it can’t match the PS5’s 4K resolution and 120 fps refresh rate). If it costs more than $700.00, then you should hold off buying it and wait for a deal.