Now Playing: Watch this: Samsung Smart Remote: Hands-on with the best TV clicker... 3:02 I'm the first to argue that a buying a TV should be about the combination of picture quality and value first, and everything else second. The remote included with that TV should be placed pretty far down the list of priorities.That said, the remote you use to control your TV and other gear is important. It sees constant use, especially if you do a lot of DVRing or perform other interactions beyond watching passively, and ideally it should be as simple as possible, intuitive and ergonomic. Samsung's 2014 Smart Remote is all of those things and more, making it the best remote I've ever used on a TV. That doesn't mean I recommend it over a good universal remote, especially for power users with lots of extra gear they want to command from one clicker. But if you have a simple system -- the TV, cable box/DVR. and maybe a sound bar and Blu-ray player -- it works better than any included clicker at … [Read more...] about Samsung Smart Remote: Hands-on with the best TV clicker yet
LG is expected to release the "world's largest" 55-inch OLED TV in 2012 that features four colors instead of the three-color RGB standard and promises better off-axis viewing than competitors. Where Sharp added a yellow pixel to its Quattron technology, LG has added a white pixel to its OLED (organic light emitting diode) panel for a "brighter picture". In terms of image quality, Sharp offers some stiff competition to the OLED, with its Elite Pro receiving a deeply impressive 9.5 rating from David Katzmaier last month Traditionally, OLED offers higher contrast than both LCD and plasma, and LG claims the new 55-incher takes on all-comers with "infinite" contrast ratios. LG claims the new system (red, green, blue, and white) is not only more accurate but more economical to produce than previous technologies--which should translate to cheaper large-screen OLEDs in the future. The 4mm thin television uses an "LG algorithm which is designed to improve and refine hues and tones" when … [Read more...] about Could LG’s new 55-inch OLED be the best TV ever?
In 2011, Panasonic's ST30 was our favorite TV priced at less than $1,000 and perhaps the best value of any TV we've ever reviewed, demonstrating top-of-its-class performance for the money. But all good things must come to an end, and the ST30 is moving aside for the ST50. The ST50 sits in the middle of Panasonic's 2012 range with four sizes starting at 50 inches and includes most of the goodies found in the more-expensive GT50 and VT50 televisions. It's the least-expensive to boast the "Infinite Black Pro" panel, which, if last year in any indication, delivers improved black level performance compared with step-down models like the UT50. Panasonic also lists a "new louver filter" (to aid in bright-room picture quality) and a 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive) among the ST50's step-ups compared with the UT50. The FFD is said to be a 0.25sf drive technology, designed to improve motion resolution, previously only available in professional monitors. The ST50 includes Panasonic's smart TV … [Read more...] about Will the Panasonic ST50 be the best TV value ever?
Go Big or Go Home Serious gamers play in one of two ways. PC gamers usually sit at a desk and use their keyboard and mouse, staring at a monitor that's just a foot or two away and usually measures between 20 and 30 inches. Console gamers, on the other hand, often sit on a couch with a gamepad and headset, staring at a TV that's six or more feet away. The greater distance needs a bigger screen, and that means monitors won't cut it. You want a good TV for gaming. Ideally that means getting a good TV in general, but are other important elements to consider as well. We judge TVs on a variety of factors. Our biggest focus is on picture quality, measuring the contrast and colors so everything looks as bright, dark, vivid, and accurate as the director (or game designer) intended. We also consider how easy the TV is to work with, taking aspects like remote ergonomics and interface design into account. Those are all good for when you want to watch your favorite movie or TV show, but for gaming … [Read more...] about The Best TVs for Gaming
Now's the Time to Buy a New TV The TV market has been changing a lot recently, both in terms of technology and price. New types of screens with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels and ultra high definition (UHD, or 4K) is replacing the 1080p standard we've become used to. But which one should you buy? Here are the main points to consider when shopping for a new set, as well as the best TVs we've tested. The Best 4K TVs The TV resolution question used to be between the options of 720p (1,280 by 720 resolution, or just under one million pixels) and 1080p (1,920 by 1,080, or just over two million pixels). Then it moved on to 1080p versus Ultra HD, or 4K (3,840 by 2,160, with eight million pixels). Now it's no longer a question: 4K has become the standard for medium-sized and larger televisions from every major manufacturer. The higher resolution no longer commands a huge premium, and you can now find a 65-inch 4K TV for under $1,000. Realistically, you'd be hard-pressed to find a … [Read more...] about The Best TVs of 2018