If you’re looking to upgrade your HDTV this summer, there really is no better time to do that than the 4th of July weekend.
From Amazon and Walmart to Best Buy and B&H, there are indeed plenty of great deals to take advantage of. Parsing through dozens of these mega-sale offerings can be a challenge, so to simplify the process, here are three outstanding options to consider.
First up is LG’s highly regarded 65-inch CX OLED 4K TV, which is currently retailing for $2,400, a savings of $400. Although still on the pricier side, know that you’re getting a top-of-the-line OLED panel that boasts incredible picture quality, black levels, accurate colors and inimitable uniformity and contrast levels. And like the B9 and C9 Series, the CX offering also proves that its wide-angle viewing is second to none.
The CX also features the much-coveted HDMI 2.1 features—including eARC—and comes with support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2. The handy remote control also lets you speak to those voice assistants.
One particular aspect, however, that can irk some LG TV owners is the operating system webOS, which lacks the innovative extras and app-based setup and coverage of Roku TV, Samsung’s Tizen or Sony’s Android TV. If you desire a bigger selection of apps, your best bet is to go out and get an external streamer.
Up next is Samsung’s 65-inch Q90T 4K TV—now on sale for $2,200, which represents a robust discount of $500. This premium set doesn’t quite match up with OLEDs in terms of overall picture quality, but it is still considered to be within that high-end tier. Featuring next-gen quantum dot technology and full-array local dimming, the TV-viewing experience is surprisingly good even from extreme angles.
For all you avid gamers out there, know that the Q90T’s motion handling is outstanding thanks to its incredibly fast response time, and the set also flaunts super-low input lag and FreeSync support, reducing any potential screen tearing and stuttering.
As for the software features, the Q90T comes with the ultra-cool ambient mode, which enables you to display a digital photo that matches the wall behind the TV. This set supports Samsung’s own Bixby digital assistant, which can be a mixed bag for some, in addition to the big guns Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Obviously, this hefty price tag will turn many consumers away, but if you do have the financial resources to splurge on this set, you will be on the receiving end of all the advanced QLED picture features you’d expect in a flagship display. The mammoth 85-inch panel boasts edge-to-edge “Infinity Screen” that makes the TV appear frame-less.
However, despite having the 8K AI upscaling feature, be aware that side-by-side tests have shown that the pictures on both of Samsung’s 8K and 4K TVs often look nearly identical. Until there is more 8K content to work with, this 8K TV might be a bit early for some consumers. But if the opportunity to future-proof your TV tech is there, few can find any fault in pouncing on that.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.