Reflections of 2014 TVs: Matte and Glossy
If your television is in your living room, reflections can really become a curse during day time. Which television has the least amount of reflections and glare? Is a matte screen better than a glossy one?
For reference, here are pictures of the reflections and glare on the 2014 TVs that we tested so far, in a room with a few lights and another in a very bright room with windows, as well as whether it has a matte or glossy screen.
Our average room setup simulates a typical room with a few lights on at night or without windows. We set the luminosity of the TV to a white of 100 cd/m2.
The reflection number that we measured is the ratio of the luminance of the light reflected compared to the original light. For example, a 2% reflection means the amount of light reflected is 2% of its original strength.
2014 LED TVs
Our bright room test is equivalent to a room with windows during the day. For this test, we set the luminosity of the TV to the maximum possible, and we measure the resulting white color brightness.
2014 LED TVs
2013 TVs Reflections
Why are there very few matte screen TV nowadays?
A pure matte screen has a very big disadvantage compared to a glossy screen: it considerably reduce the picture quality and clearness. To reduce the amount of reflection, a matte screen diffuses the light coming into the screen to all directions. The problem is that it also diffuse the light coming out of the screen, which creates a little blurriness to the picture. Also, a matte screen reflects more ambient lights. In a bright room, this reduces the perceived contrast ratio of the television.
For these reasons, manufacturers are going away from matte TV screens. We didn't test any pure matte screen this year, out of the 20+ TVs that we tested.
Does a plasma TV with a matte screen exist?
No. Plasma TVs need a glass panel to contain the gas cell. To compensate for this, higher end plasma models have an anti-glare filter applied on top of the glass.
Best LED TVs by Size of 2014Best 32 inch LED TVs
Best 40-42 inch LED TVs
Best 46-47-48 inch LED TVs
Best 50 inch LED TVs
Best 55 inch LED TVs
Best 60 inch LED TVs
Best 65 inch LED TVs
Update: We added this test in 2014. Thanks again for that great suggestion!
Update: We decided to manually recommend TVs for each size group, for example.
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