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View content at four times the resolution of 1080p with the Samsung RU8000 65" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV. This TV has a 64.5" LED-backlit LCD panel, and incorporates Motion Rate 240 technology to digitally enhance fast-moving images to reduce blur. It is compatible with the HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats to provide a wider color gamut with compatible content and other equipment for more vivid images.
The RU8000 has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to provide access to your favorite apps and Internet-based content, plus content sharing and screen mirroring with your other smart devices such as your smartphone or tablet. With four HDMI inputs, there are multiple options for connecting high-definition video sources. Two USB ports are also onboard for connecting multimedia peripherals like flash drives. Bixby, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa functionality is also supported.
As the year winds down, the gift-giving season is upon us. Along with the holiday season comes another year-end best-of list. So, if you’re looking to get a new TV for yourself, or as a gift for your loved ones, the models on this list are the least likely to be re-gifted.
Features common to this entire list include integrated Wi-Fi, 4K UHD resolution, and support for multiple HDR formats; this Sony smart OLED TV features HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision compatibility. It has the Google Assistant built in, and can also be controlled by your Amazon Alexa device, allowing you to power-on the TV, change channels, control the volume, and more with just your voice. 4K X-Reality PRO technology helps sharpen images in real time for enhanced detail. OLED technology, as I’m sure you probably know by now, provides deeper black levels and contrast than non-OLED displays, since each pixel is its own light source, so a pixel that’s supposed to be black surrounded by white pixels will remain black.
Sony A8G 65" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart OLED TV
A standout feature of the A8G is its acoustic surface actuator technology, which uses two built-in actuators to turn the screen itself into a speaker driver, so audio emanates directly from the screen to provide a more immersive experience. Along with four three HDMI inputs and access to the Google Play Store for app downloads, it was an easy decision to add this OLED to the list.
Another strong favorite this year has been this Samsung QLED. For those unfamiliar with QLED technology, it employs a layer of quantum dots—the source of the “Q” in “QLED”—within the display surface to add vibrancy to the image. Its supported HDR formats include HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+, which is the dynamic metadata upgrade of traditional HDR10, providing scene-by-scene image analysis and optimization. The Q60R meets 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, which helps prevent colors from fading in bright rooms. Ambient Mode, which can have the TV mimic the wall pattern behind it, makes this QLED a good choice for those who feel like technology disrupts their room’s ambiance.
Samsung Q60 Series 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart QLED TV
Like the rest of the Samsung models on this list, it can be controlled via the SmartThings app, and adds Alexa and Google Assistant voice control compatibility, as well. Apple users will enjoy streaming via AirPlay 2 from their compatible iOS devices.
Powered by an octa-core display processor, the V-series supports voice control by both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It supports the HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats and sports the SmartCast OS operating system, providing intuitive streaming from your compatible smart device. With Chromecast built in, you can cast from your mobile device directly to the TV with just a touch. Its 60 Hz refresh rate helps minimize the blur that commonly affects fast-moving on-screen objects, such as a speeding car, hockey puck, football, or soccer ball.
VIZIO V-Series V505-G9 50" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV
LG makes its first appearance on this list with an IPS LED display. IPS, as you may know, stands for in-plane switching, which is a technology that helps provide wide viewing angles, preventing colors from becoming washed out when viewed off-axis. The UM7300 supports the HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, plus voice control via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The onboard LG ThinQ AI system is designed to simplify voice control of your compatible smart home devices, plus enhanced personalized entertainment with artificial intelligence software integration.
LG UM7300PUA 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV
The second LG here, the aforementioned UM6900PUA, sports the same key specs as the UM7300 (aside from screen size), with just one key difference: the UM6900PUA doesn’t have the ThinQ AI built in, so any voice interaction will be directly through your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa rather than LG’s proprietary AI.
Like the previously mentioned QLED, this traditional LED TV from Samsung also supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats to provide broad HDR compatibility, and PurColor technology further helps fine-tune its color quality. The Essential Contrast and Contrast Enhancer features help provide more lifelike detail across the entire image, and Game Mode reduces input lag for an enhanced gaming experience. It can be controlled via the SmartThings app, but being one of the earliest-released models on this list, it lacks voice-control capabilities, making it a better choice for gift recipients with privacy concerns.
Samsung NU6900FXZA 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV
TCL’s debut on this year-end roundup supports HDR10 and voice control via Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. The Roku TV operating system should be familiar to users of Roku streaming media players, making this a welcome gift for first-time smart TV users. The Roku mobile app also lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control; you can also use it as a source for TV audio, so you can plug your headphones into your device for private listening of your TV shows and movies.
TCL S425 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV
Samsung rounds out our list with this 58" model that supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG and uses UHD Dimming technology for enhanced lighting control to achieve a higher contrast ratio. It can be controlled by both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, or via the SmartThings app.
Samsung RU7100 58" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV
|Screen Size (Diagonal)||64.5"|
|Pixel Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|HDR Compatibility||HDR10, HDR10+, Hybrid Log Gamma|
|TV Tuner||ATSC, Clear QAM|
|Input Ports||4 x HDMI Type A
1 x F-Type (RF Antenna)
|Output Ports||1 x TOSLINK Optical (Digital Audio)|
|USB Ports||2 x USB (Version Unspecified) (Audio, Photo, Video)|
|Control||RS-232C via 1/8" / 3.5 mm Input|
|Virtual Assistant Support||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby|
|Wall Mounting||400 x 400 mm|
|Power Consumption||Maximum: 170.0 W
Typical: 80.0 W
Standby: 0.4 W
|AC Input Power||120 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz|
|Dimensions||57.3 x 32.9 x 2.3" / 145.5 x 83.6 x 5.8 cm (Without stand)
57.3 x 35.4 x 13.1" / 145.5 x 89.9 x 33.3 cm (With stand)
|Weight||56.4 lb / 25.6 kg (Without stand)
57.5 lb / 26.1 kg (With stand)