Samsung The Serif (2019) QLED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Designed by the Bouroullec brothers, The Serif is another one of the latest televisions which can incorporate style into your living space.
Serif Ambient Mode can turn the otherwise black blank screen into artwork, displaying decorative content from the Bouroullec palette with two exclusive patterns. The slim body broadens at the top to form a flat surface, and it sits on an elegantly designed metal stand to give it a minimalistic yet bold look.
NFC and Bluetooth connectivity allows you to pair it with your phone or laptop and stream music when the picture isn’t in use, acting like a speaker for your home. Sound is adaptive at all times, to suit both the content of what you’re watching, and the acoustics of the room.
Both the sound and picture work fast to keep up with demand, making it a great choice for gaming or sports. It is smart, too, using an intelligent assistant called Bixby to help you manage your TV and compatible smart home devices. Alexa, Google Assistant and Smart Things devices are all compatible.
You still get QLED technology and Q HDR to improve picture quality and the colour palette available to your eyes. So in all, it is a well-designed TV with modernity at its core, but still with Samsung’s famed quality technology.
- Great picture quality
- Stand is strong and stable
- Good amount of connections
- Looks great but not for everyone
We wouldn’t say it is a match for The Frame, but if you want a stand and less of a ‘picture frame’ look, then it could be worth the extra pennies
- Screen Size: 49"
- Freesat HD
- 4 x HDMI, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Optical Out, 1 x Common Interface, 1 x Terrestrial, 1 x Cable Input, 1 x Satellite Input
- Dimensions: With Stand H116.14 x W111.96 x D47.41cm
Samsung The Frame (2018) Art Mode TV
Televisions aren’t the most attractive appliances when you are trying to recreate a seamless, modern look in your living room. But The Frame can enhance your space.
When not in use, it will display artwork either from your own collection or from Samsung’s pre-installed works. As it is designed to look like a picture frame, it will look like any other image which adorns your walls.
You can choose which pictures will be on show, and how long for. Samsung have loaded 100 pieces of artwork or photography from 10 different genres by 37 highly acclaimed artists onto each unit, and additional pieces can be bought via the Art store. All of the work was selected by professionals from world-renowned institutions like the V&A and Tate Modern, so you’re getting quality.
When the television is in use, the 4K HDR picture and online entertainment from Samsung’s smart hub will keep you well entertained in crystal clear quality. It is supplied with a no-gap bracket, which means it will sit flush too, so eagle-eyed visitors won’t be able to tell it isn’t really a prized piece of work.
It is definitely one for those who are really bothered about the look of a black telly on their walls, and who won’t be bothered by the thicker than average frame when they are sitting down to stream their box sets every evening. But it is still packed with lots of modern features such as One Remote Control, a brightness sensor and a Motion Sensor which will detect when someone is in the room.
Our downside is that advertising is inserted into the menu, which ruins the otherwise clean user interface, and ‘TV Plus’ trailers are played every time you switch it on. This takes some technical ability to turn off but you can Google the answer. It is a common problem in Samsung’s otherwise excellent range of modern UHD TVs, and they haven’t yet changed it despite complaints.
- Huge choice of artwork displayed
- Motion sensor to save energy
- One Remote to control all media
- The advertising aspect in the UI
More for those bothered about aesthetics, but you still get an amazing picture and all the latest tech to give it the perfect looks and 21st Century balance
- Screen Size: 43
- Freesat HD
- 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, 1 x Digital Audio Out, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x CI Slot
- Dimensions: With Frame: H55.98 x W97.16 x D4.45cm
SAMSUNG QE55Q6FNATXXU Smart QLED
If you are looking for a television which can handle your cinema nights and blockbuster marathons, then Q should help.
What is Q? Well, Q Colour means you see everything just as it was envisioned, with a billion colours and shades all formed in front of your very eyes. No dimness, fade or dodgy mixing. Q Contrast boosts the relationship of these colours, for bold images and little reflection in the light – no seeing yourself staring back at you while watching the football.
There is an ambient mode if you hate having a black screen on display when it isn’t in use. Choose from your own photo gallery, decorative content, some music or even blending into the background.
It comes with ‘The One’ remote control, which can control not only the telly but your set-top boxes and cinema systems too, for less clutter on the coffee table. Cable management also keeps wires out of sight.
Why not connect your smartphone up for even more control? Feel free to watch the latest Netflix boxset on your train journey home and pick up where you left off once you’re through your front door and sat in front of the big screen. There is also the option to have a backup remote through your phone.
It is also available in a 49” and a 65” size, in case these better match your room. Thankfully, there is no loss of picture or clarity with the changes.
- HDR 1000 - the latest viewing technology
- Twin Freesat aerial for more reliability
- 4k Upscaling
- For the price, the sound is not great
This television truly does boast the newest and greatest technology, and saying that, the price is not bad at all. The perfect way to transform your film nights into full on home cinema nights.
- Screen Size: 55”
- Freesat HD
- HDMI 2.0 x 4, USB 2.0 x 3
- Dimensions: H71 x W12.2 x D5.4 cm
SAMSUNG QE55Q6FNATXXU 55" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED TV User Manual
LG 55SK8500PLA Smart 4K Ultra HD
If you are after the latest TV and won’t settle for anything which doesn’t come with Smart webOS, ThinQ AI, IPS 4K Nano Cell technology and Dolby Atmos, then you have come to the right place.
They all let you either enjoy a better, crisper picture by pulling out the colour and making the darks even darker or make your life easier by giving you greater control with less hassle. You get the same picture no matter where you sit, so you don’t have to all huddle directly in front of the telly to get the most out of it all.
LG’s webOS service lets you catch up on your missed telly and use other platforms such as Netflix at the press of a button, without having to dig your laptop out and set up even more cables. Or maybe you want to quickly show your kids that funny YouTube cat video you were shown at work. Even though it turns out they saw it weeks ago, because it was quick to access, it is no time lost. There is also full web browser capability.
ThinQ lets you ask the telly to play something if you have already wasted enough time looking for the remote or are all comfy under your blanket on the sofa.
As well as the 55”, there is also a 49” and 65” available, so there is an option for any room size or budget.
- Sharp picture with Eco mode turned off
- Gesture control to point at options
- Sound is good
- Doesn’t come with best settings already selected
There is everything you could ever want packed in to this model, so you won't be rushing out again in a years time to change your setup
- Screen size: 55”
- Dimensions: 70.9 x 123.2 x 63cm
- Freeview HD and Play, Freesat HD
- HDMI 2.0b x 4 (ARC compatible x 2), USB 2.0 x 3
LG 55SK8500PLA 55" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV User Manual
With crystal clear 4K ultra HD screen display and an expert sound system, you will never miss out on a millisecond of detail with the TX-55FX700B.
The self-illuminating display means blacks appear darker and bright colours appear more vivid, so you can watch your favourite TV shows just how they were created to be seen. With built-in Wifi, you can connect straight to Netflix and Amazon Prime, so all the best box sets and films are there immediately, thanks to the Smart remote control.
It can be connected to soundbars and speakers for an extra boost to the sound quality, for a full cinema experience. The stands it comes on is minimalistic so the design will blend into your home and it will sit on any TV cabinet. They can also be placed in the centre of the TV or at either end, to best match your other equipment and settings.
Sports and Games modes mean that no matter what it is you want to use the TV to watch or do, the display and performance can be optimised. Powered by Firefox, the menu and home screen provides smooth access to what you want and searches for items quickly.
- Fast and easy setup
- Sleek, minimalist design
- Sound isn’t amazing for anything more than live television
A crisp, modern design and picture which is great for the relatively low price
- Screen size: 55”
- Dimensions: H76.9 X W138.6 X D21.8 cm
- Freeview HD and Play
- HDMI x 3, USB x 1, Scart x 0
Panasonic TX-55FX700B User Manual
The curved screen of this Samsung model wraps perfectly to your eye-line for a fully immersive experience, so you don’t miss a thing.
In response to screens getting bigger and curved, Samsung has upped their pixilation quality. This model has 4x more pixels than standard 1080p Full HD TV’s, and the UHD technology improves the quality of most non-4K pictures.
HDR10+ and Dynamic Crystal Colour technology will also vastly boost the colours and contrast of your picture, expanding light and dark and giving a glow which makes the image stunningly feel like real life, from over a billion different hues.
Auto Motion Plus and the Quad Core processor allow you to experience fast, powerful movement without any glitches or loss of picture, making it a perfect choice if you like your action movies or live sports.
If the multiple wires that often come from connecting extra devices to your TV annoy you, then the Clean Cable solution will allow you to run all of these cables down the leg of the stand. Perfect for anyone who is after a clean, minimalistic look.
One Remote technology also allows you to control all compatible devices from one single remote, so there is no more hunting for the long-lost DVD player remote that you haven’t used in quite a while. Voice Assistant Integration via the Smart Remote is also available.
It may seem like an expensive option, but as it boasts all the latest technology and features, you can see it as a real investment piece which will be ahead of time for quite a few years.
- Innovative colour and display properties
- Samsung TV Plus built in
- HDR Upscaling
If you want the latest ahead-of-the-game technology with the benefits of a curved TV, this Samsung model is your best bet
- Screen size: 65”
- Dimensions: H83.81 x W145.27 x D12.08cm
- Freeview HD and Play
- HDMI x 3, USB x 2, Scart x 0
For its huge 65” size, the Toshiba 65U6763DB has a crystal-clear picture no matter what you are watching.
It is Smart TV enabled so that you can watch all of your favourite apps and catch-up services with the press of a button or two; perfect for those evenings when there is nothing on live TV or when you want to binge-watch the latest boxset.
You can even check and update your social media accounts while watching TV, which is ideal if you like to live tweet your favourite live programmes but find managing multiple devices a bit distracting. There is also screen share, meaning you can display photos from your smartphone straight to your TV.
The four HDMI connections are more than enough to allow you to connect any extra gaming boxes or DVD players you may have, and there is also a Scart socket in case you have any older but still reliable devices to connect.
Don’t worry about losing any of the picture quality from these gadgets either – the upscaling technology means that even the most standard of pictures can be boosted up to HD quality at the very least.
The double core processor also reduces the lag time from these devices, so you don’t have to worry about the picture having to catch up with the play time of your extra gadgets.
Sports, Game and Film picture mode will enhance your viewing and sound capabilities no matter what it is you’re watching, and there is also parental control available for anybody concerned about what the kids are up to when they are in control if you are out of the room.
- Great price for the size
- Very easy to set up
- Sound quality is not quite cinema-quality as claimed
For the price, this is a great television with all of the extra features and connections you could want
- Screen size: 65”
- Dimensions: D25.5 x W145.9 x H86.9 cm
- Freeview HD and Play
- HDMI x 4, USB x 3, Scart x 1
Sony KD49XE7073SU Ultra HD 4K
This is a great value Smart TV that is Ultra HD, has 4K viewing and all of the other features you’d ever need. With it being a 49-inch screen it makes it a little cheaper, but by no means is that a small screen size.
Upon our assessment of this product we noticed that it’s the perfect addition for Android users with it syncing and using the platform to stream. With that said, other phone and software users can easily use this TV to its potential with other streaming options.
Comes equipped with Freeview, Catch-up TV and Android. The future is here and it comes in the form of LED televisions. The gripping picture quality will ensure that you can never go back to basics. Although there are some TVs on the market with superior qualities, they’re only slightly better and far more expensive. This is by far a great pick for all of your shows, movies and gaming – but most of all, the perfect TV to watch your favourite sports team battle!
- Great value
- Ultra HD with 4K picture
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Hasn’t got the best sound quality
If you want all of the most innovative features without having to overspend, then this is your ideal choice.
- 49” Screen
- A Energy Efficiency
- 3 USB & 4 HDMI ports
- Android TV Platform