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40 inch TV Reviews – Best Guide for 40″ and 43 inch Smart LED 4k Ultra HD TVs for Sale – Buy a 40 inch 4k Flat Screen Television with Confidence!

 

Overview

The 4K TVs we’re about to cover here are all in the 40 to 45 inch range and as such they cover the smallest existing size bracket of 4K TV size ranges –anything lower and you’d be looking at buying a 4K monitor instead of a TV.

Furthermore, as a general rule, smaller 4K ultra HD TVs are not quite as recommendable as their larger cousins if you want to truly appreciate the particular benefits of 4K resolution. On a smaller screen, the difference between 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels and Full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels is visible only from very close distances outside the scope of normal viewing range. Thus, the ideal purchasing size for a 4K TV sits at above 50 inches and even more comfortable in the 60 inch+ range.

However, even with the above in mind, we still firmly think that a 40 to 45 inch 4K TV is a much better purchasing choice than its Full HD counterpart. The reasons are quite simple: First of all, the resolution benefit is indeed there. Even if it’s not easily visible from a normal TV viewing distance, it will be noticed from close up, in case you decide to use the TV for gaming or watch it in a cramped space. Secondly, because 4K TVs also come with other cutting-edge display enhancement technologies, they create superior picture quality through more than just their pixel count. Thus, you can get the benefit of display specs like HDR (high dynamic range), enhanced color and superior backlighting. Some of these and others aren’t even available in many HDTVs.

Thus, while the following TVs may not be the best choice for 4K viewing due to size, they’re superior display performers in all other regards.

A Note on viewing Distance

Viewing distance in a 4K UHD TV is a factor of the TVs size and at what range it can be enjoyed most immersively while also presenting a sharp picture. With 40 to 45 inch 4K TVs, the sharpness won’t be a problem at almost any distance with pixels all but invisible in native 4K content unless you’re just a couple feet from the screen.

That said, ideal home entertainment room viewing for these smaller models is a bit longer than that, at about 6 to 6.5 feet, or just over 1.8 to 1.9 meters, which is less than the 4K TV average of 8 to 11 feet for larger TV models. At a distance of 6 to 6.5 feet, native content and upscaled high quality non-4K content will look great and even these smaller TV displays will still provide a decent amount of immersion. This distance is their “golden zone” for optimal TV entertainment display.

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Now, before we move onto our Top 5 40-45 inch 4K ultra HD TVs themselves take note that after these listings we also cover several crucial points to consider about buying a 4K TV. These are all examined carefully right after the following 4K TVs and are worth reading, particularly if you’re a newcomer to this technology.

 

The 5 Best 40-45 inch 4K TVs of 2016

Now, without further delay, we get down to the list of TVs themselves. The following are the 5 4K ultra HD models we consider to be the best in their 40 to 43 inch size range on the current market. This list will later undergo updates as newer models emerge in 2016 and beyond so check back down the road. All of the following 4K TVs offer a native 120Hz refresh rate unless otherwise stated in specific listings.

Sony XBR-43X800D 4K HDR TV: $648

Sony XBR-43X800D HDR 4K TV

Sony’s compact, utilitarian looking but oddly elegant X800D 4K HDR TV is perhaps the second cheapest of the 2016 Sony HDR TV lineup. Despite its very comfortable price and low rank down the chain of 2016 Sony models, this TV nonetheless packs plenty of display punch that should leave plenty of consumers happy. In fact, we almost consider it to be the perfect budget starter TV in terms of quality per dollar spent.

Featuring high dynamic range support for HDR10 standards, the X800D also offers a very decent peak brightness, decent black performance, wide color gamut and 10 bit color while also offering up some excellent motion control and motion handling specs. While this television lacks more premium features like local dimming and 24p content playback support, what it does offer is more than good enough for the price you’re going to pay for it and we can’t help but love the X800D for this reason.

Samsung UN40JU7500 4K UHD Smart TV: $1,347.99

Samsung curved JU7500 4K ultra HD TV

Samsung curved JU7500 4K ultra HD TV

 

The Samsung curved JU7500 4K ultra HD TV is the company’s 2015 flagship television on sale in their non-SUHD JU-Series 4K TV line. As such and because it’s one superbly well-made TV, the JU7500 has some truly excellent display, connectivity and viewing specs to offer even in this small 40 inch model we’re covering here.

With the JU7500, you get your hands on some superb color accuracy, contrast, and some fantastic motion control features which make this an excellent model for gamers in particular. Furthermore, judder control also works remarkably well in this model. For gamers or for fans of fast paced 4K sports and movie action, the JU7500 is the best that Samsung has to offer in this size range and also the best 40 inch 4K TV on the market in general in our view. Furthermore, we absolutely love the high quality of this TV’s upscaling engine, which creates an effect that looks even better than it normally might on the smaller screen space –upscaled 480p and 720p content looks great while Full HD content from sources like Blu-ray discs is simply spectacular to behold in the JU7500.

Finally, this model offers all the usual core connectivity specs, HEVC compatibility, VP9 decoding, HDCP 2.2 and Samsung’s fantastic smart TV OS, Tizen, which works together with those connectivity specs at offering access to the maximum possible range of entertainment options.

Samsung UN40JU7100 4K UHD Smart TV: $1,097.99

Samsung UN40JU7100 4K UHD Smart TV

Samsung UN40JU7100 4K UHD Smart TV

As Samsung’s second best JU-Series model, the JU7100 offers many of the same superb specs as its JU7500 cousin which we just covered above. A slightly lower quality performer on anglie viewing than the JU7500, the JU7100 is nonetheless nearly identical in quality to its pricier cousin, with superior contrast performance and great backlighting brightness (the larger models even have Full-array LED backlighting technology). This TV delivers exceptional color accuracy, excellent upscaling capacity, which looks all the better on the smaller 40 inch display and of course, the same superb Tizen smart TV OS is in place along with all the usual core connectivity specs for maximum possible access to both 4K and non-4K content from the web or external media players.

We should also note that, like the JU7500, the JU7100 received an “HDR” firmware update in late 2015 which supposedly makes this TV compatible with certain sources of HDR streaming and media player 4K content. This and other top-tier JU-Series Samsung TVs don’t quite deliver the same color vibrancy as their SUHD cousins from the brand (which have quantum dot color enhancement) but the color accuracy of the JU7100 is nonetheless absolutely great.

Samsung KU7000 and KU7500 7-Series 4K UHD “HDR” TV: 40 inch $699.99, 43 inch: $799.99

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Samsung’s 2016 answers to the company’s highly popular 2015 JU-Series 4K UHD TV models are the KU televisions and the KU7000 and its identical but curved version the KU7500 are the best of the bunch as far as their 40 to 45 inch models go. While this flat-screend 4K UHD TV doesn’t offer true HDR specs of the type found in the 2016 SUHD TVs from the brand, it does deliver some very decent color 8-bit performance thanks to its “Active Crystal Color” and delivers excellent black performance, decent peak brightness and great overall contrast. Furthermore, the quality of the KU7000’s non-4K content upscaling technology and Tizen Smart TV platform is as good as anything from Samsung delivers in any class. A lack of wide color gamut, 10-bit color and truly high peak brightness in excess of 1000 nits excludes the KU7000 from being a real HDR TV but for nicely priced starter models, the 40 or 43 inch editions are downright great.

Samsung KU6300 and KU6500 6-Series 4K UHD “HDR” TV: 40 inch $549.99, 43 inch $649.99

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Sharing most of the same display and design features it comes with in common with the KU7000/KU7500 combo we mention right above, the KU6300 and its curved KU6500 version comes in several sizes, of which the 40 and 43 inch models fit into this particular guide. As we said for the KU7000 goes as well for the KU6300. This is not a true HDR TV despite Samsung’s inclusion of so-called “HDR Premium” technology in this and the KU7000 model along with their curved variants the KU6500 and KU7300. This is the case mainly because the KU6300 and 6500 lack the 1000 nit+ peak brightness of the 2016 SUHD TVs and because they also happen to lack HDR-approved wide color gamut and 10-bit color. That said, this is one of Samsung’s most affordable 2016 4K TVs and for its price, it offers up some very good overall display specs. However, unlike the KU7000, the KU6300/6500 models lack Active Crystal Color, making them slightly weaker in their 8-bit color performance.

 

Vizio M43-C1 M-Series 4K UHD Smart TV: $549.89

Vizio M43-C1 M-Series 4K UHD Smart TV

Vizio M43-C1 M-Series 4K UHD Smart TV

The Vzio M-Series line of 4K TVs is one of the best budget options for high quality, feature-loaded name brand televisions on the market today. With excellent apps access, some great display features, superb contrast and even full-array LED backlighting in many cases, these 4K TVs are one fantastic deal considering how little even the largest models cost relative to their competitors from other brands. Furthermore, the M-Series models offer some superb contrast performance, great color uniformity (particularly for grey and black) and excellent upscaling engines for non-4K content in 480p, 720p and Full HD resolutions. Finally, their color accuracy is very good, even if color vibrancy is a bit on the low side.

On the other hand, some of the best M-Series attributes don’t quite apply to the 43 inch model in the series the M43-C1. Don’t get us wrong, this is a fantastic TV with the same color performance, motion control and judder performance as its larger cousins. It also offers the same media access and connectivity specs. However, because it lacks full-array LED backlighting, the M43-C1 only refreshes at 60Hz, isn’t quite as solid on contrast, brightness and color vibrancy as its larger cousins. However, at this small size range, this is without a doubt the most affordable 40 inch name brand 4K TV on the market right now, costing less than $600. We should also note that Vizio’s Internet Apps Plus smart TV platform isn’t the best, with limited functionality and a lack of full web browsing capacity.

Samsung UN40JU6500 4K UHD Smart TV: $647.99

Samsung UN40JU6500 4K UHD Smart TV

Samsung UN40JU6500 4K UHD Smart TV

Samsung’s JU6500 is one of the most affordable of Samsung’s 2015 JU-Series 4K TVs and as such, it lacks some of the superior performance specs of its JU7500and JU7100 cousins. This 4K TV however still offers up the same top-shelf connectivity specs, compatibility with HEVC, VP9, HDCP 2.2 and access to the full power and web browsing connectivity of the excellent Samsung Tizen smart TV platform. Also, in terms of display performance, the JU6500 40 inch model is a great performer at non-4K resolution upscaling, offers great color accuracy and very good contrast on a nicely bright display panel. Motion blur control is also great, making this a fine low cost 4K TV for gamers who want to try out 4K PC gaming or upscaled HD gaming on a 4K TV.

We however do not like the native refresh rate of only 60Hz instead of the superior 120 and the lack of judder support and poor viewing angles of the JU6500 are less than stellar, though these are minor complaints given this TV’s price and other solid performance features. This is definitely the second most affordable TV on this list at just over $600 and were it not for the better display performance of the Vizio M-Series model, we’d recommend the 40JU6500 for its much better smart TV platform performance.

Sony XBR43X830C 4K UHD Smart TV: $798.00

Sony XBR43X830C 4K UHD Smart TV

Sony XBR43X830C 4K UHD Smart TV

Sony’s X830C 4K smart TV is definitely the weakest performer in this ranking of top 40 to 45 inch 4K TVs but on the whole it’s a solid starter model and offers a very decent package of specs and overall quality for its very reasonable (particularly by Sony standards) price of just under $800. With the X830C, what you particularly get is some excellent motion control features, like judder handling and motion blur control, which are typical of Sony models in fact. Meaning that as a 4K TV for gamers, the X830C is a particularly good option. Its input lag is great and its functionality as a 4K PC monitor is superb, especially when it comes to handling gaming in 1080p and 4K resolutions at different refresh rates ranging from a real 60Hz to 120Hz. Furthermore, as is also commonly the case with Sony 4K TVs, the X830C offers up an excellent level of upscaling quality that works to nicely improve the quality of assorted resolutions of non-4K content and also to display native 4K in excellent sharpness.

Color accuracy on the X830C is also superb, even if this model lacks the enhanced vibrancy and color range of the Triluminous Display technology found in higher-end 4K TV models from Sony’s lineup. What we particularly disliked about the X830C on the other hand is its very poor contrast, which is actually rather surprising given Sony’s more typical high quality performance in this regard. Consequently, the local dimming on the 830C is also very poor and black uniformity doesn’t look good at all. Furthermore, the screen is too reflective for our taste. On the other hand, the Sony X830C, like all 2015 Sony 4K TVs, comes with the very good Android TV smart platform, with excellent access to media apps and full web browsing capacity.

 

Connectivity

All of the 4K TVs on the list above and pretty much all newer 4K UHD TVs from the major brands offer the same essential package of connectivity specs regardless of their dimensions and price. Some brands and models may include one more or one less HDMI or USB port or may lack/include a particular newer connectivity spec like HDMI 2.0a (for HDR content) vs. HDMI 2.0. However, generally, physical connectivity for content and smart TV functionality stays the same across the board. Thus, here are those core essentials:

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HDMI: HDMI is the single most important connectivity spec in any 4K UHD TV. It’s what the majority of content from external media devices will enter the TV from and for 4K content in particular, HDMI 2.0 is crucial for a smooth frame rate/refresh rate transfer at 60Hz or 60 frames per second. Virtually all external Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, media player, gaming console and set-top box media sources like the Roku 4 or the Amazon Fire 4K TV box will connect to your TV via HDMI 2.0 ports on the device. HDMI 2.0a is also now on the scene for the sake of 4K video with HDR from external sources however not all 4K TV models have this spec or the necessary firmware updates for it quite yet, though a majority of Samsung, Sony and LG TVs have gotten HDMI 2.0 updates as of late 2015.

USB: USB is the standard issue peripheral device connectivity spec through which you can connect your 4K TV to external devices like smartphones, tablets, low-intensity media players, hard drives and other such gadgets. USB is generally used for charging external devices through your TV or transferring things like music files and non-4K video files. However, for any sort of 4K video, USB ports, even of the higher-end USB 3.0 type, cannot be used for effective 4K video transmission. Most 4K TVs from 2015 offer only USB 2.0 via 2 to 4 ports.

Internet Connectivity/WiFi: Definitely the most crucial media connection spec in any 4K TV after HDMI, or possibly even more important than the former, Internet connectivity through Ethernet is vital to getting the most out of your 4K UHD TV. It’s through your Ethernet connection that the vast majority of 4K streaming content will arrive and it’s also through internet connectivity in general that an ultra HD TV’s smart functionality truly works at its maximum capacity. This applies for 4K video apps from sources like Netflix, for numerous other non-4K media apps and for all of the browsing, search and smart interactivity features of your TV’s smart platform.

set-top boxes like the 4K Amazon Fire TV will need HDMI and Ethernet connectivity

set-top boxes like the 4K Amazon Fire TV will need HDMI and Ethernet connectivity

However, for 4K video in particular to work effectively on a 4K TV, the ISP connection behind your Ethernet cable has to offer a minimum of 15Mbps or more ideally 20 or more Mbps. These are the speeds at which canned and live 4K content stream. Furthermore, HEVC (version H.265), VP9 (mainly for YouTube 4K videos) and HDCP 2.2 specs have to all be built into your TV for access to the majority of commercial 4K content sources from the web or from external devices via HDMI. Luckily, most 4K TVs and all of the TVs we’ve listed above offer these particular specs.

Finally, WiFi comes built into all newer model 4K TVs like those we’ve covered above, and while WiFi in its current form can’t be used to broadcast 4K video sources to other devices in your home, it’s very useful for conventional internet browsing and for sharing content between your other display devices and your TV. Thus, through special mirroring technologies found in most 4K TVs, you can share an HD video from your smartphone to your TV and enjoy the clip on the larger screens upscaling-capable display.

Smart TV Platforms

Smart TV functionality is the backbone of the modern 4K TV and all models come with their own particular smart platform. However, not all smart platforms are created equal, with some offering many more features than others. The best smart OS on the market will include extras like voice search, voice control, gesture controls and specialized display and content manipulation features or full web browsers. On the other hand, all modern smart TV platforms, from best to worst, offer the basics of search menus, access to media apps and features for accessing content from external devices you’ve connected to your TV.

Samsung's Smart Hub smart TV platform

Samsung’s Smart Hub smart TV platform

Currently, the best smart TV platforms on the market are LG’s WebOS 2.0 and its newer version webOS 3.0, then Samsung’s Tizen smart TV OS with Smart Hub, and finally, Sony’s Android TV platform in all of their 4K TVs. From there we also have Vizio’s Internet Apps Plus smart hub or Panasonic’s Firefox TV platform. Premium 4K TVs also usually come with so called smart remotes, which further enhance the smart platform manipulation experience.

Upscaling and Native 4K viewing

All 4K TVs obviously enough offer 4K display in native resolution for native 4K ultra HD content, but not all models deliver this to the same degree of quality. 4K pixel counts alone aren’t the benchmark for what makes content in this resolution good. Other factors like source material quality and delivery mechanism are also crucial, as well as a given TVs own native display specs for color, contrast, motion control and brightness. Thus, a 4K video from a 4K Blu-ray player being transmitted via HDMI will look far superior to a 4K video being streamed across a 15Mbps internet connection to your TV.

Furthermore, there is the process of upscaling to consider. All 4K TVs today have upscaling engines and because the majority of content today is still in non-4K resolution, these algorithmic engines in the TVs processor core are crucial for making non-HD content look superior in a 4K TV. All of the models we’ve covered above offer great or even fantastic upscaling engines.

Other Display Features

We already covered the other display benefits of 4K TVs, which go beyond simply their extra resolution, in our introduction to this guide, so we won’t go into detail here. Needless to say, enhanced color, HDR, faster refresh rates and superior brightness are all bonus features that often make a 4K TV’s quality about much more than just pixels.

Full-array LED backlighting in a 4K TV

Full-array LED backlighting in a 4K TV

Backlighting and Local Dimming

Backlighting in 4K TVs can basically be divided into two different general categories: You have your LCD/LED TVs and your OLED TVs. The former depend on LEDs behind an LCD filter screen for lighting of onscreen content and the latter, OLED, depend on self-illuminating pixels right inside the TVs surface screen. None of the 4K TVs in this 40-43 inch TV guide are OLED models but if you’re interested in known the deep details about which of these two technologies is better, check out our OLED vs. LCD TV guide here:


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  • Ronny
    May 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Hi there!
    Just for ask something, why its not included panasonic on the list? is a bad television? Because I think the model VIERA TH-40DX600U is really good or not?
    I appreciate your help, thanks!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Hi there Ronny, we have no bias against the Panasonic models at all and in fact think that many of them are excellent 4K TVs with plenty to praise about them. However, our site mostly focuses on products which are available to both the North American and international markets, with a particular focus on North American sales availability. This is the main reason why there has been little mention of Panasonic’s TH-40DX600U and other likely superb models from the brand. We reviewed a couple of Panasonic 4K TVs in 2014 and 2015 and generally found them to be great models however.

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  • Ronny
    May 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks a lot, I understand now why I can’t see panasonic here hahaha but I appreciate your answer, you are the best 😉 cheers from New Zealand!

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  • Tanvi
    May 26, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Hi Stephan,

    I would like to ask If i would like to select between Sony Bravia and Panasonic which model would you suggest.I am in India.
    I am looking for a 40″ TV.

    Reagrds,
    Tanvi.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Hello Tanvi, this is a bit tricky to answer since we don’t review the Panasonic models too much here on our site. From the last reviews we did, these are great 4K TVs but we have much more experience with the Sony Bravia TVs and consider them to mostly be great models. So my biased opinion tends towards the Sony. However, tell me which Sony model you’re thinking of for a better idea of what to suggest.

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  • Mohammed ali
    June 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I need a new tv should i go for china local brands which are cheap in our country or famous brands like sony is there diffrence in picture quality.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Hey there Mohammed, I’d definitely recommend going for a premium brand if you don’t mind paying the extra retail cost. Some Chinese brands like TCL and Hisense are now releasing fairly good 4K UHD TVs and Hisense in particular is now also selling very decent HDR models at reasonable prices but most of them don’t compare with a high end Son or Samsung 4K HDR TV and even less so with the smart platform quality of these premium brands. However, if you’re going to use an external smart platform from a set-top box, some of the better Hisense TVs might actually deliver better picture quality than some mid-range 4K LCD TVs from a brand like LG.

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  • rakhi
    June 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    hii stephen ,

    iam rakhi and aim from india . and i am looking for a SMART LED TV in 40″ display .. so give me some list of TV which u r preferably liked so that i can pick one of them .. waiting for ur answer

    rakhi

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  • rakhi
    June 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    hi srephen ,

    iam from india and i want to buy a new 40″ SMART LED TV .. so i want suggestion from u that inwhich brand and which model should i look for … can u suggest me some of the TVs that u prefer me ?? ..

    waiting for ur reply

    regards
    rakhi

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  • Jason
    July 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Not sure how to ask this, I’m thinking of buying a PlayStation 4 but I’m hearing the Neo is coming and it’s going to be 4K but there isn’t if any games that support 4K yet would it be wise to upgrade to a 4K tv now, it’s going in my bedroom so the 40in might be my best option, what advice could ya guys give me ty.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Hey there Jason, i’d argue that it is in fact a good idea to get a 4K TV right about now. You don’t need to splurge on one of the giant premium models but a smaller 2016 Vizio P-Series, M-Series or D-Series model would all be great choices. They’re excellent TVs for 4K gaming from a console or as 4K gaming PC monitors and when the Neo emerges, they’d be great TVs for its HDR nad UHD graphics capacities. Furthermore, well before the Neo, the Xbox One S is coming out after August of this year and it too will support 4K game upscaling and 4K vide playback as well. 4K TV technology has now advanced enough that the better 2015 models and most 2016 4K TVs will stay quite relevant for at least a few years.

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  • diana
    July 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    HI Stephan,

    I new to buying a 4k television and I was seeking some advise. I am interested in purchasing a Samsung curve tv a 40 to 43 inch
    My home is small and I didn’t want to overwhelm the space with a huge tv. There is about 6 feet space between where was sitting and where the TV would viewed
    Our son is a gamer so he will use it ocasionally and we like to watch movies. Would samsung be the best choice? Also is there any additional add on I would need to purchase to make the viewing experience better. Thank you so much in advance!

    .

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Hi there Diana, apologies for the delayed reply and Ihope this answer finds you in time. First of all, If you’re going to be buying a 4K TV that’s in that smaller size range, I’d recommend you forget about the curved design unless you simply like how it looks. Curved TV screens add no extra vlaue at all to picture quality or immersion and are for the most part just an excuse for a pointlessly higher retail price. This guide to cured vs. flat that I wrote a while back explains the details of this carefully.

      That said, yes, Samsung’s 4K TVs are in fact some of the best models on the market for a mix of gaming and gaming. This applies especially to the 2016 TVs like the KS8000. However, the smallest size any of these or the 2015 SUHD TVs is 49 inches. Thus i’d suggest going for one of them even if they’re a bit bigger and perhaps costlier at $1,297.99.

      Another excellent option if you’d like to save a bit more money but still get a superb TV for gaming and movie watching in particular is the 2016 Vizio P-Series 4K TV. It’s almost as good as the Samsung model I mentioned above and the 50 inch model (the smallest) retails for just $999.

      Moving beyond these, for slightly lower priced TVs, a great choice would be the KU7000 from Samsung, which we reviewed here. It’s 43 inch version sells for just $797.99 and it is a very good 4K TV for video games. However, for watching movies in superb quality, the other 4K TVs I mentioned above are considerably better performers.

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  • Sanj
    July 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Hi Stephen! I just want to ask you which 4K TVs between 40-45″ are more sharper colour wise , brightnesswise out of Sony and Samsung ? Thank you

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  • Lenin
    August 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Stephen,
    I am having trouble finding a HDR10 TV for the newly released Xbox one S.
    I need something that is at maximum width 40″ as the TV will go inside a furniture piece.
    Are there any TVs that meet my needs?
    Thanks in advance for your response

    Lenin

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  • Weisserhelge
    August 17, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Hi,
    im searching for a 4k tv as a monitor for my pc
    on my search i stumbled upon that lg tv : http://www.lg.com/de/tv/lg-40UH630V
    but i cant find a single indept test, might be due to the different names for each region
    so i hope you might help me out on linking to a test of that one or give me another name i might be able to search further

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  • Vibhor Verma
    August 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Hi Stephen,

    I am from India and looking to buy a 43″ 4K TV. The model sold here are quite different from International/North America market. e.g. Here, Sony X850C (2015 model) and X830D (2016 model) both offer Triluminous Display, only differences being 4K Processor X-1 as well as 4K X-Reality PRO in X850C (but with Motionflow XR 200Hz) and only 4K X-Reality PRO in X830D (but with Motionflow XR 800Hz). Samsung doesn’t sell KU7000/KU7500 43″ Flat TV’s in India, but they sell KU6000 and KU6470 with only differences being Active Crystal Color in KU6470 and PurColor in KU6000. Which TV should I buy out of these 4? I listed some features here for you as you has experience of all these features albeit in different models from Sony/Samsung. So here’s the summary,

    1) Sony 43″ X850C – Non-3D, 4K Processor X-1, 4K X-Reality PRO, Motionflow XR 200Hz
    2) Sony 43″ X830D – Non-3D, 4K X-Reality PRO, Motionflow XR 800Hz
    3) Samsung 43″ KU6470 – Non-3D, Active Crystal Color, Motion Rate 120Hz
    4) Samsung 43″ KU6000 – Non-3D, PurColor, Motion Rate 120Hz

    Please suggest.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Hello there Vibhor, I’d suggest the Sony X850C most among those models. The Samsung KU TVs are definitely inferior to the X850C in all their specs except the superiorty of their contrast and black performance and the Sony X830D is a model I don’t quite recognize so I can’t comment on it with precision. However, I do know the X850C and it is a great 2015 Sony HDR TV.

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  • peter northen
    September 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

    What’s the difference in between samsung eu40ku6400 and eu40ku6470 please

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  • Irene
    November 22, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Please recommend a smart tv in the cad$400-500 range. I am from British Columbia, Canada.

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  • Mukesh
    November 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I am a first time TV buyer, and my budget is around $600. I have been following your website closely for reviews and finally I have shortlisted Sony XBR X800D (my favorite so far), Samsung KU6300 and Vizio M Series. These three TVs are also fitting in my budget, but the only thing is I am getting Samsung KU6300 50″ for $399.99 brand new from Micro Center. After comparing the ratings and reviews, it seems like Sony X800D is a winner and Samsung and Vizio comes 2nd and 3rd respectively. Please let me know as I have an apartment in downtown on 9th floor with plenty of brightness and it’s quite small maybe 480 Sq. Ft, please suggest which would be a great deal because the Samsung KU6300 for $399.99 seems a steal. I really appreciate your website. Thanks.

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  • Michael
    November 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Just came across this article now, so sorry for the late question. I wanted to ask about the Sony X800D, you mentioned that it won’t support 24p playback, but I looked on Sony’s site and it says that frame rate is supported. Is this just a typo on their part or perhaps a firmware update has been added since you initially wrote the article?

    Thanks so much,
    – Michael

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 5, 2016 at 12:47 am

      Hey there Micheal. If I said that in the review itself, I apologize. it was a mistake and will be corrected. the X800D does indeed support 24p movie playback and fairly decently, though not as well as pricier Sony TV models like the X850D and X930D.

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  • Kllint
    January 3, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Hello Stephen,
    I can not find Sony X800D in my region. Is it named differently in Europe?
    I could buy TVs available at http://geizhals.eu/
    What is a better choice:
    Philips 43PUS6401 or Panasonic TX-40DX600
    Philips 43PUS6501 or Panasonic TX-40DX700
    Which one has better picture quality and response time?
    What is better when connected to PC as a monitor?
    In my region Panasonic DX600 costs 50 euros more than Philips PUS 6401.
    How to enable HDR on Philips, does it support HDR when playing from USB?
    When I was testing it at the store it was showing message “unsupported format” and using YouTube it loads only SDR.
    Difference between Panasonic TX-40DX700 and TX-40DX700B?
    Any suggestions in the same price range?
    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Hey there Kllint. I’ve already answered your question about the Sony TV in another comment you left. As for your inquiries about the Philips and Panasonic TVs, I can’t really give you much information on them since we haven’t yet reviewed these models and aren’t likely to for the time being since they’re not sold on the NA market all that much.

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  • kllint
    January 4, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Hello Stephen,
    I can not find Sony X800D in my region. Is it named differently in Europe?
    I could buy TVs available at http://geizhals.eu/

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Hello there kllint, I belive that the X800D is called the XD83 on the European market. This is the closest matching TV type I can find, in terms of display sizes as well (43 inches and 49 inches).

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  • Nnamdi
    January 20, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Hi. Can you review the LG UHD 654V model. I just bought it and I would appreciate your honest opinion. The manufacture date is November 2016, so am hoping it would be good even though it is 43 inches.

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  • Janet
    March 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I’m in my late 80’s and need to buy a 40″ 4K smart tv UHD-don’t understand all the technical jargon.
    just give me the facts so I can take to dealer and say “this is what I want” Name the best in your opinion
    with all the bells and whistles (last one I’ll ever buy)
    Price range $500-$600. not curved model and must fit in bookcase.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Hey there Janet, really simply and without jargon, the TV i’d most recommend to you is the Sony X800D 43 inch model. It delivers great display, is easy to use and gives you both deep rich black levels and a very nice color quality. It’s also a great TV for smooth looking motion in video, which is nicely easy on the eyes. This the small (less than 45 inch) 4K TV i’d most recommend out of those available right now.

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