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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best 4K TV

Best 4K TV

The time for ultra-high definition, or 4K resolution as it is more commonly referred to, is upon us. Over the last year, we saw television manufacturers start increasing the depth and breadth of their 4K offerings. Ultra HD TVs moved away from their massive 80-inch to 100-inch sizes and started being offered in smaller panel sizes that can be accommodated in most homes with ease. So in this year's Best 4K TV segment, we've choosen to test out the range of 65-inch 4K TVs available in the market.

Nominees: 

 

  • LG 65LA9700
  • Samsung Series 9 UA65F9000AK
  • Sony Bravia KDL-X8504A

 

And the Winner Is...

Samsung Series 9 UA65F9000AK

From the get-go the Samsung UA65F9000AK had an edge over the rest of the competitors due to its stunning visuals that put the screen at the center stage of the viewing experience. Much like the smart TV range found on Samsung’s full HD televisions, this 65-inch 4K TV also comes with the accomplished Smart Hub. While its 4K resolution already makes the UA65F9000AK better than standard TVs, it is the Smart Hub's good number of VOD services, news agglomeration and social media integration that help the UA65F9000AK gain an edge over the competition. Voice and gesture commands allow for a great deal of functionality as well.  4K resolution is the future of television, but meanwhile, the dearth of readily accessible 4K content means that deciding on the best 4K TV around depends on the upscaling capabilities of the contenders. Decent noise cancelling capability as well as spectacular blacks, along with a neutral tone, ensure that the UA65F9000AK is placed a cut above the rest.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG 65LAS97000 Samsung Series 9 UA65F9000AK
Sony Bravia KDL-X8504A
Design 8.0 9.0 8.0
Features 9.0 9.5 9.0
User-Friendliness 8.5 9.0 8.5
Performance  7.5 9.0 8.5
Value 7.5 8.5 8.5
Overall 8.0 9.0 8.5

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

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