Recommendations

TV & monitor recommendations

15 Dec 2008 | Rasmus Larsen |

A list of TVs, monitors, and media boxes that FlatpanelsHD recommends based on our extensive testing and research. Before you jump to the list it is important to understand why we recommend these screens; every screen has advantages and disadvantages, and no TV or monitor is perfect – yet. Therefore, we list pros and cons for each product, and we suggest that you read our reviews to find out more.

Last updated 16.11.2016
We also give out Awards. TVs or monitors that perform extraordinarily well are awarded with either our Highly Recommended Award or Award. See the award list here: FlatpanelsHD Awards

Recommendations

We have not seen every TV or monitor available on the market so some recommendations are based on other trusted reviewers’ opinion, but most recommendations are based on our own reviews and findings. You are very welcome to give feedback in the comments. We also review TVs and monitors on our Danish site FlatpanelsDK.


TV - living room

These TVs are recommended for daily TV watching in the living room, and thus satisfy many different viewing needs. We consider picture quality most important but we also evaluate factors such as ease of use. The order of the list is random.

LG B6 OLED Best picture quality
Stunning HDR
webOS is user-friendly
Speakers
Input lag
US
UK
DE
Samsung KS8000 Picture quality
Value-for-money 4K
Low input lag
mediocre HDR
Micro stutter
US
UK
DE
Sony X93D (XD93) Good 4K/HD picture quality
Android TV is promising
Decent input lag
Built-in Chromecast
Poor speakers
Some HDR issues
US
UK
DE
LG E6 (OLED) Reference picture quality
Best HDR
Decent input lag
webOS is user-friendly
Price US
UK
DE
Panasonic DX750 Great picture quality
Firefox OS is user-friendly
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
DX780 has twin-tuner
Narrow viewing angles
Missing key apps
UK
DE
Vizio P series (2016) Picture quality
Built-in Chromecast
Decent HDR pictures
Value for money
No TV tuners
US
LG EG910 (2015 OLED) Picture quality
Perfect black
Near-perfect viewing angles
Sound quality
Curved
”Only” HD
US
UK
DE
Samsung 6 series (2016) Value-for-money 4K picture
Tizen OS
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Low input lag
Tizen missing key apps
Speakers not great
US
UK
DE


TV – room/kitchen

A cheaper and smaller but functional TV is required for other rooms in the house such as the kitchen or bedroom. These TVs are inexpensive but offer the most basic TV functions. The order of the list is random.

Vizio E241i Picture quality on digital TV
Viewing angles
Low power consumption
Analog picture quality
Black levels
US
Samsung J5500 Picture quality on digital TV
Media player
Low power consumption
Analog picture quality
Viewing angles
US
UK
DE


TV – Game console & Media center

These TVs are recommended based on fast response time, low input lag, and high motion resolution. The factors are important if you seek a TV for gaming or fast action-paced content viewing. The list includes both LCD/LED and plasma TV suggestions. The order of the list is random.

Samsung KS8000 Picture quality
Value-for-money 4K
Low input lag (SDR+HDR)
mediocre HDR
Micro stutter
US
UK
DE
Sony X93D (XD93) Good 4K/HD picture quality
Android TV is promising
Decent input lag (SDR)
Built-in Chromecast
Poor speakers
Some HDR issues
US
UK
DE
LG E6 (OLED) Reference picture quality
Best HDR
Decent input lag (SDR)
webOS is user-friendly
Price US
UK
DE
Samsung 6 series (2016) Value-for-money 4K picture
Tizen OS
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Low input lag (SDR+HDR)
Tizen missing key apps
Speakers not great
US
UK
DE
Vizio P series (2016) Picture quality
Built-in Chromecast
Decent HDR pictures
Value for money
Low input lag (SDR)
No TV tuners US


TV – Media streaming boxes

Our recommendations for the best internet video streaming boxes. The order of the list is random.

Apple TV (tvOS) tvOS & App Store
Lots of apps
User friendly
Also game console
Fast
Siri missing in many regions
Limited universal search
No 4K
US
UK
DE
Roku 4 Supports 4K
A lot of apps / channels
User interface could be better
Faster processor would help
US
DE
Chromecast 2 Cheap
Broad app support
Portable
Not great screen mirroring
No 24/50Hz support
US
UK
DE
Fire TV Stick Cheap
Amazon Video
Apps & games
Remote
Some key apps missing
US
UK
DE
PlayStation 4 Netflix & other apps
Full-blown game console
Media player
Key apps missing
Power consumption
US
UK
DE
Xbox One S Built-in UHD Blu-ray
Apps such as Netflix
Full-blown game console
4K/HDR10 streaming support
Power consumption
Too few apps
US
UK
DE


Monitors - Gaming

These monitors are recommended based on gaming performance, including response time, refresh rate (Hz), input lag and of course also picture quality.The order of the list is random.

Asus PG278Q 144 Hz
No blur
Low input lag
2560x1440
G-Sync
TN panel
Price
G-sync only works with Nvidia
US
UK
DE
Asus MG279Q Response time
IPS panel
FreeSync
Black levels
FreeSync only works with AMD
US
UK
DE
BenQ XL2730Z 144Hz
Response time
Low input lag
G-Sync
Black level
Price
G-sync only works with Nvidia
US
UK
DE
Asus VG248QE 144 Hz
Response time
Low input lag
Price
TN panel
Color accuracy
Viewing angles
US
UK
DE
Acer XB271H 144Hz
Response time
Low input lag
G-Sync
Black level
Price
G-sync only works with Nvidia
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UK
DE


Monitors – graphics, photography, video

These monitors are recommended based on accurate color reproduction, high color detailing and quality panels. Any graphic or photography artist, professional or amateur, need a proper monitor for working with images. The order of the list is random.

Dell U2415 Price
IPS panel
Colors
Ergonomics
Black levels
No AdobeRGB
US
UK
DE
Eizo CG2730 IPS panel
Color accuracy
AdobeRGB & sRGB
Black levels US
UK
DE
Dell U2715H IPS panel
Color accuracy
Ergonomics
Black levels
16:9 aspect ratio
US
UK
DE
Eizo CS2420 Cheaper Eizo
IPS panel
Color accuracy
Adobe RGB
Black levels US
UK
DE


Monitors - office

These monitors offer basic monitor features and a pleasant picture that the user can endure after long hours at the office or home office. Color reproduction is fairly good but not crucial. Good ergonomic adjustability is considers important. The order of the list is random.

Eizo EV2436W Flicker-free
IPS panel
Picture quality
Colors
Black levels
Dirty screen look
US
UK
DE
Dell U2415 Price
IPS panel
Colors
Ergonomics
Black levels
No AdobeRGB
US
UK
DE
Dell U2715H IPS panel
Color accuracy
Ergonomics
Black levels
16:9 aspect ratio
US
UK
DE
Dell U3415W Curve makes sense on desktop
IPS-panel
Great for work
Black levels
Not fast enough for all games
US
UK
DE
BenQ GW2760HS Flicker-free
Low price
Good all-round
Viewing angles
Response time
US
UK
DE


Help us

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