The Best TVs For 2020
The Best TVs For 2020
This is going to be an article covering, you guessed it, the best TVs for 2020. These will be the ones that in my opinion, provide the best picture quality & features.
To make it simple, the top TVs are listed below, and a helpful decision guide is listed underneath that.
Let’s get to it! 😀
Samsung 43-inch Class QLED Q60T Series
Samsung 43-inch Class QLED Q960T Series
This 43 inch offering from Samsung has a few features that makes this a very attractive choice.
Well the biggest thing is 4k resolution. This means an image 4 times clearer than what you’re used to. Support for 4k use to be nonexistent, however as of 2020, there’s finally tons of content that makes the format worthwhile.
From Hulu, to Netflix, to even 4k gaming consoles, support for 4K is present. I only expect support for it to grow even more as it overtakes HD in the upcoming years as the new standard.
It’s also still a smart TV as well with full integration with Alexa built in to the display. That means you can change channels, open apps, search for movies, play music, and so on all by using your voice.
Another feature that I’m sure you’ll appreciate is the offering of HDR.
HDR makes the image pop with the ability to display dark and light elements at the same time, giving out a much more realistic look.
It also uses Samsung’s Tizen operating system that give you even more control over your TV.
There’s a 120 Hz refresh rate, so when there’s a fast action scene happening, you’ll be able to still make out all the details. There’s 3 HDMIs with one of them supporting ARC.
- 4K resolution
- HDR support
- 120 refresh rate
- 3 HDMIs
- No local dimming
- No HDMI 2.1
This is a quality offering from Samsung, and is a solid choice for a for a smaller to average sized room.
Samsung 49-inch Class QLED Q80T Series
At the 49 inch size, the Samsung QLED Q80T 49 inch is honestly the best 4k TV you can get at this size in my opinion. That comes down to a few reasons.
The first really big one is due to what Samsung calls Quantum dots. This is essentially another way of stating that it supports an expanded color palette.
Obviously the ability to provide more colors on screen is going to give a better image, but having over a billion more is probably going to result in some colors you might not have seen before.
What you see is going to be breathtaking to say the least.
But that’s not all because HDR also makes an appearance. With the ability to show information in the dark and light portions of a screen, your movies will really come to life.
Even better is the fact that it includes something called one remote. This is basically a complimentary universal remote but with a twist; it can also control your connected devices.
So lets say you connect a Roku with your TV. What you can do from there is control the Roku, TV, and whatever else with a single remote.
It has Wi-Fi connectivity, so it can stream and connect to the internet over any WIFI network. It has 3 HDMIs so you’ll be able connect a decent amount of devices.
And there’s even support for the smart assistant Alexa natively built into the display.
A 120 Hz refresh rate also ensures fast moving scenes with lots of action on screen won’t be an issue to display.
- Ability to display over a billion colors
- HDR capability
- 4K support
- Smart universal remote.
- Alexa Built in to the display
- Not the widest viewing angles
This is still a really good set, and I think that you would be hard pressed to dislike it.
The Top 4k TV At 55 inches – LG OLED55CXPUA
This is one that, just by the feature set, you can tell means business. But why would you want one? Well right off the bat, the inclusion of 4k means everything you watch will look incredibly clear. I can attest to that statement because I own a 4k TV right now (it’s amazing)
But it’s not just the support for this higher resolution that makes it initially jaw dropping. When it’s coupled with a technology like HDR, that’s when things really begin to get interesting.
HDR of course allows a larger range of the picture to be shown. But what really sets it apart is the addition of expanded color as well. Why is this important?
Well when colors are displayed on a typical non HDR display, you’ll get what’s called banding. That’s when there’s a clear separation of one shade to the next within the same color.
Basically it doesn’t look good. But with the 1,2 punch of high dynamic range and a wider palate, you get shades that are much more nuanced with a larger gradation. This results in some of the smoothest and most unbelievable images you’ll likely see.
It’s pretty hard to describe how it looks without seeing it for yourself in person.
If that’s not enough, this is actually an OLED TV too.
OLED basically allows for the darkest colors to get that dark while still keeping other parts light. If you’ve never seen OLED in person then you’re in for a treat.
It also has 4 HDMI ports and a 240 Hz refresh rate making it a great TV for gamers. G-sync, Freesync, VRR, and even HGiG is included as well.
- Ability to display millions of colors
- Incredible picture quality
- 4K resolution
- OLED display provides deep inky black levels
- 4 HDMI slots
- High Refresh Rate
- Smart TV
- HDMI only supports 40Gps instead of the full 48Gps HDMI 2.1 spec
The Top 4k TV At 65 inches – Samsung 65-inch Class QLED Q90T Series
So here’s where we start getting into the larger displays. The Samsung 65-inch Class QLED Q90T Series is in a word is awesome; that’s just the best way to put it.
So let’s get into why this will be your best bet if you’re looking for a shiny new big screen.
The first big feature that you’ll really appreciate is its ability to reproduce over a billion colors. Yup you heard that right, a billion. To put that into perspective, even the most colorful TV can usually only produce a few million colors.
So what that is going to mean for you is not just a more colorful image, but one that’s more nuanced and natural too. The next thing you get here is a 4k capable set.
I’ve sung the praises of 4k many a time, and for good reason. It’s insanely clear, what with being 4 times clearer than HD and all. You really will see a difference.
HDR is also offered here. That stands for high dynamic range and what it does is allow for more detail in the light and dark portions of a scene.
There’s a 240 Hz refresh rate so that means you won’t miss a detail when it comes to fast moving scenes.
Something interesting that also makes an appearance is what Samsung calls Object tracking sound. Basically there’s two sets of built in speakers placed on the top and bottom that adjust the sound to follow the action on screen; providing for a much more engaging experience overall.
There’s also 16x direct full array local dimming present, offering for a more accurate image as well.
As for what that equates to as far as picture quality is concerned, a mindblowing presentation is what’d probably best sum it up.
- Ability to display over a billion colors
- Quantum HDR gives a more vibrant image
- 240 Hz Refresh rate
- Object tracking sound from built in speakers
- Smart TV
- Ads in the apps hub
Long story short, it’s works great.
To be honest with you, anything at the 70 and above range, you’ll really just want to go with a 4k model. That’s because with a screen that big, the image gets stretched.
Not only that, but its become much harder to find ones at that size. At that point, you might as well go 4k anyway. So in that case, these next two will both be 4k models.
The Top TV in the 70-inch range – Samsung 75-inch Class QLED Q90T Series
A 75 inch TV is impressive, there’s no doubt about that. A 75 inch, 4k, HDR TV is even more so. It’s something that you truly appreciate when you see it in person.
A lot of the same benefits that the aforementioned 65 inch variant of the Q90T series applies here as well.
That means of course the Quantum dot technology that provides extended color so scenes look breathtaking and immersive.
Black levels are also something boasted about here with the Quantum HDR. Black levels are important because the darker they are, the better and more realistic everything will look to put it simply.
There’s even a universal smart remote included that’s able to control anything that’s connected to it.
- Impressive picture quality
- Quantum HDR makes the image pop
- Great black levels
- Built in speakers with Object tracking sound for better audio
- Smart TV
- HDMI 2.1
- Included universal smart remote
- Ads in app menu
Long story short? This is a great TV with extremely few shortcomings. Definitely gets a thumbs up.👍
The Top TV At 85 inches – Samsung >85-inch Class QLED Q90T Series
I’ve referenced the Q90T series a few times, and that’s for good reason. It’s an exceptional series. Think of this one as the top dog so to speak. This 85-inch goliath truly is a magnificent sight to behold.
I like to call it the beast just because of its commanding presence. It has all the same features its smaller siblings have like 4k, HDR, & Object tracking sound, so you will be taken aback by it when you see that ramped up to 11 with this one.
- Huge beautiful screen
- Smart TV
- Sharp 4k resolution
- Bright HDR
- Can display over a billion colors
- Smart universal remote
- 240 Hz
- Footprint is thin
- Packaging is heavy at about 170.7 pounds
I can’t even say enough good things about it. If you have the space for a big screen like this, then it’ll work great.
Decision Guide – Buying A New TV Has Gotten More Complicated
For the average consumer today that doesn’t keep up with the latest in tech, buying a TV can be pretty complicated admittedly.
There’s a lot of reasons for that, but the main one boils down to the simple fact that the format changes frequently.
Honestly, it almost feels like a game of one-upmanship where one industry maker will introduce something just to outdo the other. Now there’s two sides to this. On one hand, this is great because you’re the one that gets to experience all this new technology.
But at the same time, it kind of sucks in a way since it makes it that much harder to keep up with everything. Luckily for now, a lot of the major changes have come to pass so these are a few features you’ll come across.
4K Will Become Standard Relatively Soon
The first feature you’ll run into, certainly so in 2020, is 4k. What is that? Think of it as the next HD. In fact, it actually has a resolution that’s 4 times clearer than HD.
At first, there was severely limited content for it which made it not really worth the investment. However as more and more industries began to see the potential in it, increased support for it caused it to gain real traction.
Now there is a real backing behind it, and it’s poised to actually replace HD as the standard all together in the coming years.
HDR Is Important
The next thing you may run into is HDR.
HDR (high dynamic range) honestly could be seen as an even bigger advancement than 4k because it’s something that’s extremely easy to notice. So what is it?
Well basically when an image is shown on a typical television, information is lost in the darkest and lightest portions of the screen. This is due to older formatting constraints.
What high dynamic ranged is able to do is display all parts of a light and dark image at the same time.
This leads to a much more realistic & vibrant looking picture similar to how the human eye actually sees it. It can also offer much more dynamic colors.
Now here’s the thing though, there’s actually different types of HDR. For example there’s Dolbyvision, IMAX Enhanced, HDR10, HDR10+, etc and they’re all supported differently when it comes to content.
There’s an important thing to keep it mind though, and that’s nits.
Nits is the measurement of how bright the display can get, and you want this number to be as high as possible since that’ll mean the display can get that much brighter, thus giving you better HDR.
Ideally, you’d want a nit level of 1000 nits, and anything higher than that is just icing on the cake.
There’s of course more to it but that’s the basic gist of it.
When looking for a TV though, you’ll definitely want one that supports this format as the difference it actually makes when done right can’t be understated.
I actually did an article on this as well if you’re curious on more about it.
An Expanded Color Gamut Helps
The next big thing you’ll likely run into is something called expanded color gamut. That one is exactly like it sounds. If you see something like UHD color, or it states it has rec2020 support, then you’ll be certain that it sports this feature.
What’s it mean though?
Well whereas average sets with a standard color range have the capability to display millions of colors for a given image, displays with an expanded color gamut can actually display over a billion. This is going to result in an image not only more realistic, but much more vivid overall.
HDMI 2.1 Is Important For High Refresh Rate
Another thing you may want to look for is a TV that supports HDMI 2.1.
Now i won’t get into detail since it can be pretty detailed, but basically HDMI 2 1 brings with it a host of new features such as support for higher refresh rates and support for 8K.
And with more devices launching with support for this new format such as the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5, a TV that supports HDMI 2.1 would need needed to take full advantage of them.
The last one you’ll sometimes see is local dimming.
Local dimming is a way to increase the contrast ratio dramatically (the greatest difference between a light and dark element on screen) This gives you a much more pleasing picture overall. The bigger the difference between the lightest and darkest elements, the more preferable.
You’ll typically see this measured with a number in comparison to the number 1. The higher that first number the better.
There’s different types as well including back-lit local dimming and edge lit local dimming, but basically a display with local dimming and a higher number of local dimming zones (the things that control brightness in a scene) is definitely preferable.
Another type of TV you’ll likely encounter is OLED.
While I won’t get into the pros and cons of OLED since that would be an entirely different discussion on of itself, what’s important to know is that OLED is renowned for its incredible picture quality due to its ability to provide extremely deep black levels.
So if black levels are something that you’re focused on, then OLED is a solid choice.
But besides other little advancements such as improved smart home integration and improved OLEDs; HDR, 4K, local dimming, HDMI 2.1, and expanded color gamuts will be the big things you’ll want to be concerned with.
But that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this article on the best TVs for 2020.
No doubt that for the current year, these will be the ones you’ll want to pick between. If you have any questions though, feel free to ask since I love hearing from you all.
Until next time, take care. 🙂
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