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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 08.07.2016
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 TV list is random.

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
Samsung JU7000 / JU7100 (2015) Picture quality
Tizen is better than before
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Good all-round
Out-of-box settings
No Evolution Kit
Key apps missing
US
UK
DE
Sony X85C (2015) Picture quality
Android TV has potential
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Built-in “Chromecast”
Android TV slow
Not great speakers
US
UK
DE
LG EG910 (2015 OLED) Picture quality
Perfect black
Near-perfect viewing angles
Sound quality
Curved
”Only” HD
US
UK
DE
LG EG920 (2015 OLED) Amazing picture quality
4K + HDR
webOS
Perfect blacks
Speakers
Curved
UK
DE
Samsung 6 series (2015) Value-for-money 4K picture
Tizen OS
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
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 TV 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 TV list is random.

Samsung JU7000 / JU7100 (2015) Picture quality
Tizen is better than before
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Good all-round
Out-of-box settings
No Evolution Kit
Key apps missing
US
UK
DE
Sony W8C Picture quality
Low input lag
Value-for-money
Android TV
Out-of-box settings
Smart TV features not great
Many Android TV bugs
US
UK
DE
Vizio M (2015) Value for money 4K picture
Deep black levels
Only one HDMI 2.0 US
Samsung 6 series (2015) Value-for-money 4K picture
Low input lag
Good blacks
Out of box settings US
UK
DE
Sony X85C (2015) Picture quality
Android TV has potential
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Built-in “Chromecast”
Android TV slow
Not great speakers
US
UK
DE


TV – Media streaming boxes

Our recommendations for the best internet video streaming boxes. The order of the TV 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 Apps such as Netflix
Full-blown game console
Media player
Power consumption
App Store not comprehensive
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 TV list is random.

Eizo Foris FS2735 144 Hz
IPS panel
Low input lag
Response time
Poor blacks
Price
US
UK
DE
Asus MG279Q Response time
IPS panel
FreeSync
Black levels
FreeSync only works with AMD
US
UK
DE
Asus VG278HE 144 Hz
Response time
Low input lag
Fairly good 3D
Viewing angles
TN panel
Color accuracy
US
UK
DE
Eizo Foris FS2434 IPS panel
Picture quality
Accurate colors
Response time
Low input lag
Black levels
Not on par with 120 Hz TN
US
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 TV list is random.

Dell U2415 Price
IPS panel
Colors
Ergonomics
Black levels
No AdobeRGB
US
UK
DE
Eizo CG247 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 CS240 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 TV 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

Help us to keep the recommendations list updated. Provide your feedback and product suggestions in the comments below. If you want advice a specific TV or monitor please use the forums.


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