4K TVs are the in-thing at the start of 2017 and in terms of resolution, it is the best affordable technology out there. All major TV content providers are taking 4K seriously and we see no reason why your new TV should be anything less than a 4K Ultra High Definition TV.
With pictures much clearer than Full HD TVs, all major manufacturers are pitching their 4K TVs very aggressively.
We at Top Upminster Technology Venture feel 2017 will see more widespread 4K content availability and the prices will continue to go down.
In this article we have short-listed the best 4K TVs available in the UK in different price slabs. You will find 4K TV deals under £500, £600, £800, £900, £1000, £1500, £2000 and £3000.
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We have reviewed the best 4k TV in each of these price brackets to help you make the right buying decision. All modes reviewed are available to buy online with most of them being under £700.
What is 4K TV?
A 4k TV, also known as a UHD TV (Ultra High Definition TV), is the latest technology in the world of televisions and it’s to do with picture quality.
4K TV As Opposed To a Full HD TV
A 4k TV delivers 8 million pixels! Compare that to the not so old Full HD TVs that delivered only 2 million pixels. This means that a 4k TV delivers 4 times the detail as compared to a 1080p Full HD TV.
Vertical and Horizontal Pixels
Don’t be confused though – the horizontal & vertical pixels of a 4k UHD TV (3840 x 2160 pixels) as compared to a FULL HD TV (1920 x 1080 pixels) are NOT 4 times, but twice. So mathematically, you’re not getting 4 times the pixels vertically/horizontally, but the total number of pixels on the screen is 4 times.
There has been endless debate on the internet on this, so now that we have it out of the way, let’s get straight into the best 4k TVs in UK within your budget.
4K for Gaming at Home?
If you are into console or PC gaming, you must check our favourite 4k TVs for gaming article which explains how Xbox or Playstation consoles don’t provide 4K content. PC gamers can connect a large screen 4K TV for 4K clarity if they have a graphics card that supports it. Therefore 4K TV upgrade from an existing Full HD TV is not necessary for console gamers, but those looking for a new TV must still go for 4K.
Whatever your reason for buying a 4K TV, please make sure you have 4K content to watch on your 4K tv, or you’ll not witness the real magic of 4K technology. Most TV subscription services offer 4K content in the UK and it’s only going to increase in 2017.
While cheaper 4K UHD TVs are smaller screen size models with basic features, more expensive 4K TVs have large screen sizes, latest technology and smart features.
We have put together an honest and objective review of the best 4K TV options, taking into account best value for money and features. I’ve taken a look at reviews across the board and checked out forums to see feedback from customers and I’m hoping it’ll be helpful when you’re choosing your 4K TV.
4K TV under £500
SAMSUNG UE40KU6400 Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR 40″ LED TV
- Amazon Prime and Netflix content available in 4k
- Amazing contrast and colours HDR display
- Ultra HD resolution (4k)
- Excellent value for money
- Includes all the latest Samsung apps
- Amazing detail
- Motion blur might be a problem for sports fan, but it’s not a deal breaker
- No Scart or VGA connections
- Backlighting on the edges can appear a (very) little uneven under certain conditions.
It’s a smart TV that’s even smarter looking, with a plastic rim or bezel and a matching Y-shaped stand. It also comes with a remote control and any ‘greenies’ out there will be pleased to know it’s A- rated for energy efficiency. As far functionality goes the TV has a Smart Hub, allows you to play games, whether you have a gaming console or not and everything you could possibly need is on your screen, easy to access and only needing a single remote.
- Immerse yourself in the perfect Curved Full HD TV with 800 PQI
- The leading Smart TV platform now faster with further streaming, catch-up and app services
- Enhance your viewing with auto Depth Enhancer
- Powerful Performance with Quad Core Processor
Best 4K TV under £600
- Firefox OS with customisable Home screen
- 4K ultra HD
- Freeview Play
- Adaptive backlight Dimming
- Headphone Jack and Optical Audio output
- Affordable Pricing
- Quick and easy user interface
- No 3D
- Viewing Angle limitation
- Average sound quality
Panasonic TX-49DX600B is a 49 Inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV with Freeview Play. Great picture quality, internet access and availability of all kinds of apps, this Panasonic 4K UHD TV has it all at a great price. This a fantastic TV and offers stunning 4K HD pictures at a highly affordable price.