#7 - TV Recommendation Tool
This is update #7 in our weekly series of new features and improvements.
This tool lets you create your custom rating, based on the aspects you care about.
Room Brightness and Viewing Angle
The first step is to select how much light you have in your room, and at which angle your seating positions are located.
This will change the weights of the peak brightness, contrast ratio, local dimming and viewing angle in the formula. You can see all the exact weights generated in the 'Your Custom Rating' section.
The second step is to specify what proportion of your time will be spent watching what kind of content. For example, increasing 'Video Games' will increase the weight of the input lag measurement among other things.
If you want, you can add any of our measurements in the formula. This can get complex, so we recommend that you stick to the usages only and not the individual tests unless you know what you are doing.
You can exclude completely from the results any TV that doesn't match certain criteria. You can choose from any of our measurements. By default, we automatically exclude all TVs that are not in the latest test bench.
To generate the recommended TVs, we use the same logic as the beaten by feature introduced a few weeks ago. You can understand how it works by looking at the generated chart of the ratings vs prices. The best TVs for the money are the ones that are cheaper and better than the other ones.
Each recommended TV is the best value in its price range. You should buy the one that matches your budget.
Save and share URL
If you are logged in, you can save this custom rating to go back to it later. The URL is shareable, so you can send it to a friend to help him find the best TV for his needs based on what you think is best for him.
- The prices that we have in our systems must match the ones available to you
With this tool, you can find the best TV for your specific needs faster. Let us know if you have any feedback or other ideas of tools to make your research even easier.
Questions & Answers
A few of the 2018 models have started to become available within the past week or two (such as the Sony X900F and Samsung NU8000), however they usually stay at relatively high prices for a few months so this time of year you're better off buying last year's model.
Typically TVs don't become much cheaper than the Black Friday price (see more here) and most 2017 models will become difficult to find in a few months. If a 2017 model continues to remain in stock for a long time then you may be able to pick it up with a discount, but it could also sell out forever.
Upscaling performance is very subjective as some people prefer a softer image and some prefer a sharper image even if there are artifacts or noise. As a result, we don't have a good test for upscaling quality. Overall there isn't a huge difference between the major TV brands (Samsung, LG, Sony) however Sony TVs are well recognised for their settings to adjust the upscaling to each individual's preferences.
If you are really concerned about if the upscaling will suit your preferences then the best thing to do is to bring some content into a retail store and view it on the TV itself.
Before asking a question, make sure you use the search function of our website. The majority of the answers are already here.