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TV & monitor recommendations


By Rasmus Larsen (@flatpanels)
15 Dec 2008

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The recommendations list is updated regularly. It features the most recent recommendations on TVs and monitors from FlatpanelsHD. Last update: August 7, 2014.

Here you will find a list of TVs and monitors that FlatpanelsHD recommends, based on our extensive testing 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 the review to find out more.

We also have our Award section. TVs or monitors that perform extraordinarily well are awarded with either our Highly Recommended Award or in rare instances the Reference Award. See the award list here: FlatpanelsHD Awards

Recommendations

It is important to underline that we have not seen every TV screen or monitor available on the market. Some recommendations are based on other trusted reviewers’ opinion, but recommendations are primarily based on our own reviews. If a specific screen does not appear on our list, it might be that we have just missed it, so please share your feedback in the comments. We also review TVs and monitors on our Danish site FlatpanelsDK.

TV: Monitors:
- For the living room- Gaming monitors
- For the kitchen/room- Graphics monitors
- For console gaming/HTPC- Office monitors
- Media streaming boxes



TV recommendations – For the 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.

Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Sony W8
42-55"
Picture quality, black depth, low input lag, value-for-money Standard settings, Smart TV features not great, bad 3D US
UK
Samsung H7150 / H7000
46-75"
Picture quality, black depth, color reproduction, response time, Upgradeable with Evolution Kit, motion Standard settings, Smart TV features not great US
UK
Samsung HU8550 / HU7500 (4K)
50-85"
Picture Quality, fairly good contrast, Upgradeable with One Connect, 4K Netflix Standard settings, Smart TV still not great, high input lag US
UK
Panasonic AS600
32-50"
HD picture quality, black depth, value-for-money Motion, out-of-box colors, viewing angles UK
LG OLED TV
55"
Amazing picture quality, perfect black, near-perfect viewing angles Motion reproduction can be improved, input lag, sound US
UK
Sony W6 (2014)
40-48"
Picture quality, black depth, value for money, low input lag Smart TV not great, no 3D US
UK
Vizio E series
23-60"
Picture quality, value for money, relatively good blacks Color accuracy US
Samsung F8500 (plasma)
51-64"
Picture quality, amazing black depth, color reproduction Power consumption, buzzing, Smart TV still not very good US
UK


TV recommendations – For the kitchen/room

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.

Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Samsung 32H5000
32"
Design, picture quality on digital TV, built-in tunes, fairly good media player, low power consumption Analogue picture quality, viewing angles US
UK
Vizio E241i
24"
Picture quality on digital TV, viewing angles, low power consumption Analogue picture quality, black depth US



TV recommendations – Gaming & 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.


Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Sony W8
42-55"
Picture quality, black depth, low input lag, value-for-money Standard settings, Smart TV features not great, bad 3D US
UK
Samsung H7150 / H7000
46-75"
Picture quality, black depth, color reproduction, response time, Upgradeable with Evolution Kit, motion Standard settings, Smart TV features not great US
UK
Sony W6 (2014)
40-48"
Picture quality, black depth, value for money, low input lag Smart TV not great, no 3D US
UK


Media streaming boxes

Our recommendations for the best internet video streaming boxes.

Model
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Apple TV
Very user friendly, 1080p, Airplay, iTunes+Netflix+Hulu Requires iOS device to get full benefit, no app store, not a network streamer US
UK
Roku 2 XS
Cheap, a lot of streaming services User interface could be better, faster processor would help US
UK
Sony PlayStation 4
Netflix & other apps, also full-blown game console, no extra subscription required Missing TV services, power consumption, no DLNA US
UK
Sony PlayStation 3
Fairly cheap, also full-blown game console, media apps, no subscription required User interface could be better, some TV services missing, power consumption US
UK
Xbox 360
Fairly cheap, also full-blown game console, media apps Subscription required, power consumption US
UK


Monitor recommendations – Gaming monitors

If you seek a gaming monitor for your PC you need to consider you gaming needs. If you prefer fast games such as FPS games you should prefer a fast 120 Hz monitor with fast response time and low input lag. If you prefer strategic gaming such as StartCraft 2 or World of Warcraft you should prefer an IPS or VA based monitor with better picture characteristics. The order of the TV list is random.

Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Eizo FG2421
24"W
120 Hz, VA panel, black level, response time, low input lag Viewing angles US
UK
BenQ XL2420T
24"W
144 Hz, black level, response time, no input lag Viewing angles, TN panel, overdrive trailing US
UK
Eizo Foris FS2333
23"
IPS panel, picture quality, accurate colors, response time, low input lag, price Black level, still not on par with 120 Hz TN US
UK
Asus VG278HE
27"
144 Hz, response time, low input lag, fairly good 3D Viewing angles, TN panel, color accuracy US
UK
Dell U2312HM
23"
IPS panel, viewing angles, accurate colors, ergonomics, price Black level, no HDMI, not 120 Hz US
UK


Monitor recommendations – Graphics/Photography monitors

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 monitor list is random.
Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Dell U2412M
24"
Price, IPS panel, viewing angles, accurate colors, response time, ergonomic adjustability Black level, no HDMI, no AdobeRGB US
UK
Eizo CS230
23"
IPS panel, cheaper Eizo alternative, picture quality, color reproduction No AdobeRGB, black level US
UK
Eizo SX2762W
27"
IPS panel, color accuracy, calibrator solution, no bleeding, AdobeRGB Black level, price US
UK
Eizo CG243W
24"
Picture Quality, accurate colors, setting options, ergonomic adjustability, backlight homogeneity, AdobeRGB Black level, No A-TW filter, price US
UK
Dell U2713H
27"
IPS panel, picture quality, ergonomic adjustability, viewing angles, AdobeRGB Response time, sRGB profile could have been better, black levels US
UK


Monitor recommendations – Office monitors

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 monitor list is random.

Model
Size
Test
Pros Cons Price &
Retailer
Eizo EV2436W
24"
Flicker-free, IPS panel, picture quality, colors Black depth, dirty screen look US
UK
Dell U2412M
24"
Price, IPS panel, viewing angles, accurate colours, response time, ergonomic adjustability Black level, no HDMI US
UK
Dell U2713HM
27"
IPS panel, picture quality, ergonomic adjustability, viewing angles, resolution, dirty screen look reduced Response time, sRGB profile could have been better, black levels US
UK
Dell U2312HM
23"
IPS panel, viewing angles, accurate colours, ergonimics, price Black level, no HDMI US
UK
BenQ GW2760HS
27"
Flicker-free, low price, good allround Viewing angles, response time US
UK


Note

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 to the recommendation list:

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 2 XS
  • 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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