What to look for in a 4K TV
There are some important specifications that you should look for when choosing which TV best suits your needs.
If you are buying a new screen with picture performance as a top priority, you will want to take note of a TV’s high-dynamic range (HDR) features. Even more than resolution, HDR has become the determining factor for picture quality in modern TV. This feature allows a TV to offer enhanced contrast and color when playing custom-rated HDR shows and movies on many streaming apps and 4K Blu-ray discs.
There are a few competing HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. HDR10 is standard and is supported on all HDR TVs. Dolby Vision and HDR10 + offer more advanced options, but Dolby Vision content is more common than HDR10 +.
HDMI 2.1 ports
HDMI 2.1 support is another feature that buyers should keep in mind. The latest HDMI specification enables next-generation gaming features like 4K / 120Hz and VRR, which may be important for people planning to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Smart TV features
Smart TV connectivity is also essential and each manufacturer uses either their own specific operating system or a third party system like Roku TV, Google TV or Fire TV. All of these platforms have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to app selection and performance, but most will do the job just fine for basic streaming needs.
If you are unhappy with your TV’s built-in system, we recommend purchasing a separate streaming stick or box. These devices typically offer the best streaming app support, and entry-level models with 4K playback are often on sale from Roku for as little as $ 30.
Digital Assistants and Apple HomeKit
Many smart TVs now include integrated support for Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can ask questions, control other smart home devices, and more with voice commands. If smart home integration is important to you, you want to make sure that the TV you buy is compatible with the ecosystem you are already using.
Apple HomeKit compatibility is also common in many mid-range and flagship models from LG, Vizio and Sony. HomeKit support lets you turn your TV on and off and set your TV to different inputs directly from the Home app or Siri on an iOS device. You can also automate multiple HomeKit smart devices together.