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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 1
By Team HardwareZone - 1 Feb 2018,7:00pm

Best 4K TV

Best 4K TV

If you're buying a new TV today, chances are you'd be buying a 4K TV instead of a 1080p set. Compared to a couple of years back, buying a 4K UHD TV today makes much more sense. The recent ones all sport at least HDMI 2.0, which means they will support 4K up to 60/50 frames per second. And the even better ones have HDMI 2.0a to support HDR. A wider range of screen sizes is now available as well, and prices are still dropping. Of course, one of the reasons for the more wallet-friendly prices is because manufacturers are churning out models with smaller screen sizes, such as small as 40 inches. In our experience, buying a 4K TV below 65 inches to play 1080p content is a waste of money; you’re better off buying a 1080p set of the same size.

For this category, we've looked at various 65-inch 4K TVs from the likes of LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. Since we're trying to determine the best of the best, both flatscreen and curved models, as well as LCD and OLED technologies were considered.

 

Nominees:

  • LG Signature W7T OLED TV
  • Panasonic EZ1000 OLED TV
  • Samsung Q9F QLED TV
  • Sony Bravia A1 OLED TV

 

And the winner is...

LG Signature OLED W7T

In summary, there are a lot of things going for the LG Signature W7T OLED TV: perfect black levels, accurate colors, wide viewing angles, great HDR support, and low input lag.

While all this may sound similar to LG's OLED TVs a year prior, know that the company has since made several strides in other areas. For one, the W7T is brighter than the best TV the company had a year ago, the Signature G6T. And in addition to HDR10 and Dolby Vision, it supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and (after a firmware update) Advanced HDR by Technicolor. Better yet, the W7T supports Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound. So from a future-proofing standpoint, it’s hard to argue against the W7T.

And of course, the W7T is LG’s first 4K OLED TV to feature a “wallpaper” design. Really, all the effort to mount the TV and hide the cable that connects the TV to the bundled soundbar would pay off handsomely (imagine all the wows from your guests) at the end of the day.

If I had any complaint, it’d be that the 65-inch W7T’s S$12,888 price tag puts it out of reach of most consumers. However, the same can be said for the other two OLED TVs in this roundup, the S$12,999 Sony Bravia A1 and the S$10,999 Panasonic EZ1000. While the A1 offers great picture quality, good audio (directly through the screen via the Acoustic Surface sound technology), and nice design, we find the LG W7T to be slightly better for HDR and gaming purposes. While we also rate the Panasonic EZ1000's picture quality highly, its design and build quality trail the aforementioned LG and Sony models, and its UI is dated compared to LG’s WebOS and Sony’s Android TV system. If you watch a lot of HDR and is looking for a TV well suited for both daytime and night time viewing, Samsung’s S$8,999 quantum-dot-enhanced Q9F QLED TV is another great alternative.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG Signature W7T Panasonic EZ1000 Samsung Q9F Sony Bravia A1
Design 9.5 8.0 9.5 9.0
Features 9.5 8.5 9.0 9.0
User-Friendliness 9.0 8.0 9.0 9.0
Performance 9.5 9.0 9.0 9.0
Value 7.0 6.5 7.5 7.0
Overall 9.5 8.5 9.0 9.0
Price S$12,888 S$10,999 S$8,999 S$12,999


For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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