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Recommendations

TV & monitor recommendations

15 Dec 2008 | Rasmus Larsen (@Flatpanels) |

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 22.07.2015
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.

Samsung JU7000 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
Sony X85C Picture quality
Android TV has potential
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Built-in “Chromecast”
Android TV slow
Not great speakers
US
UK
Panasonic CX700 Picture quality
Firefox OS is user-friendly
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Speakers
Missing key apps
UK
Samsung 6 series Value-for-money 4K picture
Tizen OS
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Tizen missing key apps
Speakers not great
US
UK
Vizio M (2015) Value for money 4K picture
Deep black levels
Only one HDMI 2.0 US
Panasonic CX6 Value for money 4K picture
Firefox OS is user-friendly
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Speakers
Missing key apps
US
UK
LG EC9300 (OLED) Amazing picture quality
Perfect black
Near-perfect viewing angles
Motion reproduction could be improved
Input lag
Sound
US
UK
Sony W8 Picture quality
Blacks
Low input lag
Value-for-money
Out-of-box settings
Smart TV features not great
Bad 3D
US
UK


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


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 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
US
Sony W8 Picture quality
Blacks
Low input lag
Value-for-money
Out-of-box settings
Smart TV features not great
Bad 3D
US
UK
Vizio M (2015) Value for money 4K picture
Deep black levels
Only one HDMI 2.0 US
Panasonic CX6 Value for money 4K picture
Firefox OS is user-friendly
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Speakers
Missing key apps
US
UK
Sony X85C Picture quality
Android TV has potential
HEVC+VP9 for 4K streaming
Built-in “Chromecast”
Android TV slow
Not great speakers
US
UK


TV – Media streaming boxes

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

Apple TV Very user friendly
1080p
Airplay
iTunes+Netflix+Hulu
Requires iOS device for full functionality
No app store
Not a network streamer
US
UK
Roku 3 Cheap
A lot of apps / channels
User interface could be better
Faster processor would help
US
UK
Chromecast Cheap
Broad app support
Portable
Not great screen mirroring
No 24/50Hz support
US
UK
Nexus Player Full Android TV
Built-in Chromecast
Supports games
User friendly
Only 8GB storage
No optical output
Missing key apps
No 24/50Hz support
US
UK
PlayStation 4 Netflix & other apps
Full-blown game console
No extra subscription required
Key apps missing
Power consumption
No media player
US
UK
Xbox One Apps such as Netflix
Full-blown game console
Media player
Power consumption
App Store not comprehensive
US
UK


Monitors - Gaming

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.

Eizo Foris FG2421 120 Hz
VA panel
Black level
Response time
Low input lag
Viewing angles US
UK
Asus MG279Q Response time
IPS panel
FreeSync
Black levels
FreeSync only works with AMD
US
UK
Asus VG278HE 144 Hz
Response time
Low input lag
Fairly good 3D
Viewing angles
TN panel
Color accuracy
US
UK
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
BenQ XL2420Z 144Hz
Response time
Low input lag
Colors
Viewing angles
US
UK


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
Eizo CG247 IPS panel
Color accuracy
AdobeRGB & sRGB
Black levels US
UK
Dell U2715H IPS panel
Color accuracy
Ergonomics
Black levels
16:9 aspect ratio
US
UK
Eizo CS230 Cheaper Eizo
IPS panel
Color accuracy
Black levels
No AdobeRGB
US
UK


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


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.


Changes

July 22, 2015:
  • Added: Sony X85C, Samsung 6 series (2015), Asus MG279Q, Vizio M series (2015)
  • Removed: Sony W6 (2014, discontinued), Vizio E series (2014)

    June 22, 2015:
  • Added: Panasonic CX700, Panasonic CX6, Samsung JU7000, Xbox One, Nexus Player, Dell U3415W, Dell U2415, Dell U2715H, Eizo CS230
  • Removed: Samsung H7xxx, Samsung HUxxx, Sony X9, Samsung 6 series, LG’s 2013 OLED TV, Samsung F8500 (plasma), Panasonic AS600, PlayStation 3, Eizo SX2462W

    October 27, 2014:
  • Added: LG 55EC9300, Samsung 6 series, Sony X9 (Ultra HD), Roku 3
  • Removed:

    August 7, 2014:
  • Added: LG OLED TV, Sony W6 (2014 version), Vizio E series, Samsung 32H5000 (for small rooms)
  • Removed: Sony W6 (2013 version), LG LA6900, Samsung 32H5000

    June 20, 2014:
  • Added: Sony W8, Samsung H7150 / H7000, Samsung HU8550 / HU7500, Panasonic AS600, BenQ GW2760HS, Eizo CS230, Dell U2713H
  • Removed: Panasonic ST60, Panasonic VT60, Sony W9 (2013), NEC PA271W, Dell U2713HM, BenQ BL2400PT

    March 12, 2014:
  • Added: Eizo FG2421
  • Removed:

    November 8, 2013:
  • Added: Sony W6, Eizo EV2436W
  • Removed:

    August 23, 2013:
  • Added: Sony W9, Samsung F8500 (plasma), LG LA6900 (LA690V)
  • Removed: Sony HX850, Sharp 70", Samsung E8000

    July 10, 2013:
  • Added: Panasonic VT60, Panasonic ST60, Samsung F8000, Samsung F7000, Apple TV (3,2), Eizo FS2333, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Removed: LG LM7600, Samsung ES8000, Panasonic VT50, Panasonic GT50, Panasonic ST50, Apple TV (3,1 replaced with 3,2), Eizo FS2332, Dell U2410

    April 19, 2013:
  • Added: Apple TV, Roku
  • Removed:

    October 1, 2012:
  • Added: Samsung E8005, Samsung ES7005, Panasonic ST50, Asus VG278H, kitchen/TV section updated, BenQ XL2420T, Dell U2713HM, Samsung S23A750D
  • Removed: Panasonic VT30 (discontinued), Samsung D8000 (discontinued), Sony EX720 (discontinued), LG PZ950 (discontinued), BenQ Xl2410T (discontinued), Dell U2711

    July 5, 2012:
  • Added: Panasonic VT50, Samsung ES8005 LED, Panasonic GT50, LG LM7600, Sony HX850, Sharp 70"
  • Removed: Samsung D8000 LED, Panasonic G30, Panasonic GT30, Eizo EV2333W, Sharp LE830 / LE835

    February 13, 2012:
  • Added:
  • Removed: LG W2363D (discontinued)



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