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The TV sets of yore were bulky ones. They were also unapologetically rectangular in form. This means that these TV sets were usually placed in tables or cabinet like contraptions in order to stand and be used.

Nowadays, the modern TV set is a slim one. The rise of flat screen LCD’s has erased the boxy reputation of the past TV’s. This allows the TV sets to be mounted in different ways.

TV sets can be mounted using their very own feet, much like the older TV’s. However, the TV’s of today can be mounted via the walls. The latter proves to be the more elegant choice of the two. This article will list down the best TV counts in the market right now.

Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount

Specifications:

  • The VMPL50A is a tilting wall mount
  • It has the Virtual Axis Tilting System
  • The ProSet feature is made available by Sanus
  • It has a depth of 1.81 inches
  • It can accommodate TV sizes from 32 inches up to 70 inches in size
  • It can tilt up to 9 degrees
  • The VMPL50A can carry a TV that weighs up to 150 pounds
  • The VMPL50A can be had in black color configuration only
  • The width of the product is 30 inches
  • It is 18.50 inches tall
  • The VMPL50A has universal mounting

Versatility of the VMPL50A

The VMPL50A by Sanus is an all-purpose TV wall mount. It is quite flexible in the kinds of TV sets that is compatible with its system.

As stated in its spec sheet, the VMPL50A can accommodate varying sizes of TV sets ranging from 32 inches to 70 inches in size. This means that the VMPL50A is quite compatible with most of the available TV sizes save for the really big ones. It is also quite easy to adjust ones it has already been hanged.

The VMPL50A can also carry TV sets as heavy as 150 pounds. This enables the product to be compatible with many TV models. The 32-70 inch 150 pounders is arguably one of the best brackets that a TV mount could serve and the VMPL50A is inside the aforementioned bracket.

Physical looks, fit and finish

The VMPL50A will not win any design contest and that is the intended effect. Luxury type TV mounts might stray into the bling designs of furnitures but the VMPL50A is utilitarian to a fault. However, the preceding statement does not mean that the VMPL50A is not pleasant to look at.

Sanus saw fit to endow the VMPL50A with a sleek and slim look. This is only fitting as this product will also be handling, at least for the most part, sleek and slim flat screens. Ensuring that the VMPL50A will have the aforementioned look means that said product will blend in with the other products that it will handle.

The VMPL50A is made up of heavy gauge steel. This means that the steel used in this product are thicker than usual. This allows the VMPL50A to handle heavy objects. The specification tells us that this particular product can handle up to 150 pounds of load. The heavy gauge steel allows such load to be handled by the VMPL50A.

VMPL50A tv wall mount

Finishing the utilitarian look of the VMPL50A is the semi-gloss black finish used in the coating This particular finish was chosen by Sanus to enable the VMPL50A to blend in with the TV set that it will be handling. Again, this is in keeping with the utilitarian design that Sanus has in mind for the VMPL50A.

Special Features of the VMPL50A

The spec sheet of the VMPL50A hinted on some of the special features that Sanus saw fit to endow this particular product. The following are the more apparent ones.

  • Virtual Axis Tilting System
  • ProSet

ProSet allows the user to have an all-encompassing control of the VMPL50A. Proset gives its customer a complete set of manual controls over the device. This is very useful in fine tuning the position of the TV set once said TV set, along with the VMPL50, has been mounted. Proset allows the customer to tackle with the minutiae of the adjustment options afforded by said feature.

The focus of the Virtual Axis Tilting System is quite the opposite with the aforementioned ProSet feature. The Virtual Axis Tilting System allows you to control the tilt of the VMPL50A with just the push of one button. Clearly, the focus here is in automatization of the whole process. In contrast, ProSet gives of a multitude of manual controls.

The VMPL50A also has less known features that complete the package. One of those is the choice of Sanus to go with push button snaps to affix the brackets that goes with all wall mounts to the back of the TV set. Sanus went away with the usual bars, locks and keys system and it shows their commitment to more safety features. That is because the push button snap system is far more safer than the usual system in place. The widespread bars, locks and keys are prone to errors. Sometimes, the keys will be gone after prolonged use.

Installation Tips for Novices

Installation is rather easy for the VMPL50A. The focus of Sanus seems to be in making this product easy to install in order to entice more buyers. Sanus even provides an app to further ease the installation process. Said app is aptly named as the Sanus Install Kit App. A power drill is always handy in the totality of the installation process. Other than that, most of the needed things are supplied in the package that comes along with the VMPL50A.

The most important tip, however, is to read the installation manual. Almost all the needed information for the whole process is in the manual. Learn to trust it as Sanus has done an excellent job.

PROS

  • Excellent range of TV sets can be accommodated
  • The system is very safe
  • Easy installation process
  • The ProSet allows for many choices for customization

CONS

  • TV sets that are bigger or smaller than the allowable range cannot be accommodated

Common Questions

What stuff will I need for installation?

Answer:

  • 7/32” Drill Bit
  • ⅜” Masonry Bit
  • ½” Socket Wrench
  • Awl
  • Electric Drill
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Stud Finder
How will I know of my TV set is compatible with the Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A)?

Answer: The best way to check for compatibility is to check the size and weight of your TV set. More often than not, a TV set that is within the 32-70 inch range and weighs no more than 150 pounds are compatible with the Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A).

Can this mount tilt right to left or up and down?

Answer: Yes the Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A) is capable of all the actions mentioned above.

VideoSecu ML531BE

Specifications:

  • The VideoSecu ML531BE is compatible with TV models ranging from 22 inches to 42 inches
  • The VideoSecu ML531BE is also compatible with some 55 inch TV sets
  • The product comes with 4 removable mount adaptors
  • The product weighs around 10 pounds
  • The VideoSecu ML531BE can accommodate TV sets that weighs up to 88 pounds
  • The frame of this product is made up of heavy gauge steel
  • Its tilt is measured at +15/-5 degrees
  • It can swivel up to 180 degrees

All-round Excellence

The VideoSecu ML531BE is commonly hailed as the best choice for TV wall mounts and the reasons are staggering. Like the VMPL50A, the VideoSecu ML531BE is also quite affordable.

However, that does not mean that the VideoSecu ML531BE is wanting because of its affordable price. Like the VMPL50A, the VideoSecu ML531BE is packed to the brim with features. To put it simply, the VideoSecu ML531BE just works.

Compatibility of the Product

The VideoSecu ML531BE is quite compatible with a lot of TV sets. This is very crucial because this is one of the most important aspect of a TV mount. A durable mount is not very useful if it’s compatibility with the TV sets is close to nil.

TV mounts are regarded by most as mere accessories for their TV and incompatibility is a major sin for any mount. Luckily, the VideoSecu ML531BE is a beast in this regard.

The VideoSecu ML531BE can support TV models ranging from 22 inches to 42 inches. Some TV models can even be supported up 55 inches. The VideoSecu ML531BE can also support TV models up to 88 pounds. Admittedly, the weight threshold that the VideoSecu ML531BE is low when compared to other TV mounts. However, most TV sets will not exceed the said threshold anyway.

Hypertension, Mobility and Looks

VideoSecu touts the full motion capability of the VideoSecu ML531BE. What this means is that this product is very flexible in the adjustment of the placement of your TV set once it is within the embrace of the VideoSecu ML531BE.

As stated in the spec sheet, the VideoSecu ML531BE has a +15/-5 degree tilt ability. It also has 180 degrees worth of swivel. If that wasn’t enough, the VideoSecu ML531BE can also be adjusted to place the TV screen 20 inches from the wall. That last bit of adjustment is ahead of irs competitors.

The VideoSecu ML531BE also has a thin profile. It has a 2.2 inch profile giving the mount a sexy look. important to note that most products at this price range usually aims for a utilitarian look to hide its price. Although the VideoSecu ML531BE is still utilitarian, the svelte look gives it a better look than most.

VideoSecu ML531BE tv wall mount 2

The thin profile might worry you because thinness is usually associated with frailty. However, the VideoSecu ML531BE is not plagued by that assumption. The guys at VideoSecu saw fit to use a comparably strong heavy gauge steel to ensure the toughness of the frame.

PROS

  • The VideoSecu ML531BE is quite cheap but able
  • Said product is compatible with a lot of TV models
  • The VideoSecu ML531BE is fully adjustable owing to the aforementioned features

CONS

  • The VideoSecu ML531BE can only support up to 88 pounds worth of TV

Questions and Answers

How will I know if my TV is compatible with the VideoSecu ML531BE?

Answer: Most TV sets that are within the 22-42 inch threshold are compatible with the VideoSecu ML531BE. For those within in the 43-55 inch range, it’s better to know about the VESA requirements of said TV model. Of course, said TV must be weighing 88 pounds or less.

Does it come with a hardware to mount?

Answer: Yes, the VideoSecu ML531BE comes with hardware to mount.

What other items are included in the package?

Answer: It usually comes with an HDI cable and a level. However, it really depends on where you will buy this product.

Loctek R2

Specifications:

  • The Loctek R2 can accommodate TV sets ranging from 32 inches to 70 inches
  • This product can accommodate curved.screens, as well as flat ones
  • The Loctek R2 has six (6) articulating arms
  • This mount is UL certified to carry a maximum of 396 pounds
  • This mount is made up of cold hard steel, enabling the Loctek R2 to carry as much load as what was certified as mentioned in the preceding sentence
  • The tilting angle is at -2/+12 degrees to reduce glare
  • The Loctek R2 supports VESA 200 by 100 and 600 by 400

Curved Goodness

Most of the TV market is still dominated by the flatscreens. However, the curved display concept has slowly permeated across the current technologies. Smartphones, for one, has dabbled with curved displays. At the forefront of this are LG and Samsung, with the latter gaining much success. Their current Galaxy and Note series employ a sort of curved display at the edges.

image of a Curved Tv

The TV market has also experienced a renaissance of sorts with new designs involving curved displays although, as mentioned above, the market share for curved displays remains small. This means that searching for TV mounts that caters to curved displays is a little harder. This market usually tries to adapt to the TV market and it usually does once said adaptation connotes to business success.

Loctek is one the few TV mount manufacturers that are not waiting for curved displays to be mainstream. They understand that some consumers has already started adopting to curved screens, thereby giving them a niche to operate upon. This alone gives the Loctek R2 a big feature design that separates it from other wall mounts.

Compatibility of the Loctek R2

Of course, any product that only relies on one winning feature is bound to fail. Loctek R2 avoids that by putting the other basic features that TV mounts need in order to become a viable purchase for buyers. As already mentioned elsewhere in this review, compatibility with existing TV models is one of the key features that any TV mount should have to remain competitive.

The Loctek R2 is compatible with a lot of TV models in the market. It can accommodate models that are within the 32 to 70 inch range. While its range is lesser than the VideoSecu ML531BE, at least with regards to the inch size, the Loctek R2 can accommodate bigger models compared to the ML531BE.

The Loctek R2 is also compatible with flarscreens.

The Frame and Look

Loctek R2 tv wall mount 2

Loctek R2 is, to put it basically, built like a tank. This mount can support TV as heavy as 396 pounds. That’s more than the both the Sanus and the VideoSecu products combined in their respective weight allotments.

This feature allows the Loctek R2 to be compatible with the heaviest of the TV sets available in the market. Granted, most TV sets are less than half of that weight but niche customers might have super large TV sets that needs mounting. Who knows, a gaming TV might arrive with a lot weight. This feature is clearly geared for the future.

The frame of the Loctek R2 is the key ingredient in allowing said product to carry that much weight. The frame is cold rolled hard steel that has been UL certified. To cut to the chase, this basically means that the Loctek R2’s frame is just too strong.

Questions and Answers

What is a UL certification?

Answer: A UL certification simply means that a product bearing said mark has passed the safety tests conducted by Underwriters Laboratories. UL has been existence for more than a hundred years and has sites in more than forty countries.

What are the compatible TV models with the Loctek R2?

Most TV models ranging from 32 to 70 inches. To be sure, check the VESA classification of your TV set as the Loctek R2 is compatible with those who are of the 200 by 100 and 600 by 400 variants.

Can this be a single stud operation?

Answer: This is not a single stud operation. Multiple studs are needed.

The Best Product

Loctek R2 tv wall mount

All three products chosen here are arguably the best of the TV mounts that are available in the market right now. Choosing one of will mean that you have made a good purchasing choice. However, this review will not be a cop-out. We will choose a determinative winner out of the three products.

As stated above, the VideoSecu ML531BE has been hailed by most others as the best TV mount in the market right now because of its price and the features that it currently posses. However, this review is not about the race for the bottom. While cheapness is a good quality especially for those who want to save, quality is the centerpiece for this review. As such, this review elects to go against popular opinion and to crown another product as the best one in the market.

Arguably the best TV mount in the market right now is the Loctek R2. This choice hinges on on defining feature that is very important for TB mounts.

  • Compatibility

TV mounts are not like other appliances. Where other appliances warrant their own existence because of their own, TV mounts rely on TV sets to perpetuate their existence. As such, any TV mount should be compatible with a wide range of TV models to remain competitive.

The Loctek R2 satisfies that requirement and then some. Said product can accommodate curved screen TV’s as well as flat screen ones from 32 to 70 inches size formats. While curved screen products are still in its nascent stage of adoption, the fact that the Loctek R2 is compatible with said product speak volumes of its commitment to compatibility.

Of course, making curved screen TV’s is still a gamble at this point of time because, as stated above, it’s still in its nascent stage. However, the Loctek R2 can also handle standard flat screen models so there will be no problem if you have the latter.

The UL certification also sweetens the deal. The Loctek R2 is able to handle more than 300 pounds of weight, allowing it to handle the heaviest of the TV models out there.

The twin features of curved display compatibility and UL certification for 300 plus pounds ensures that the Loctek R2 will not be obsolete for the foreseeable future.

Question and Answer Portion

Question Answers
Which is the best TV mount in the market right now?

Answer: The Loctek R2 is arguably the best TV mount in the market right now. It supports curved displays and can carry ones as heavy as 300 pounds. Its features are basically future proofed.

Which is the most versatile TV mount in the market?

Answer: The Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A) is arguably the most versatile TV mount in the market right now. It has compatibility with most TV models and can be adjusted in many ways.

Which is the best-bang-for-the-buck TV mount in the market?

Answer: The VideoSecu ML531BE is the best budget TV mount in the market. It cost less than 59 dollars and is compatible with most TV models ranging from 22 to 55 inches

Which is the most adjustable TV mount in the market?

Answer: The Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A) has the best adjustment features in the market.

  • Virtual Axis Tilting System
  • ProSet

This twin features allow for a seamless yet powerful adjustment set-up, enabling the user to tweak the settings to his/her heart’s content.

Which TV mount can handle the most weight?

Answer: The Loctek R2 can handle up to 396 pounds of weight. However, almost all TV sets weigh less than 100 pounds. This is most probably a future proofing move.

Which TV mount has the best external fit and finish out of the 3 mentioned here?

Answer: Arguably, the Loctek R2 has the best fit and finish among those three. While the other two (2) products mentioned here aimed for a more utilitarian feel, the Loctek R2 comes with a better fit and finish, with beautiful articulating arms.

Which TV mount has the most compatibility with most TV models?

Answer: The Loctek R2 wins in the compatibility field as it can support both curved and flat displays, as well as having a ridiculous load limit.

The Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A) can also make the case as it supports a wide range of TV sizes and its load limit is not too shabby either.

Which TV mount is the best-all-rounder?

Answer: All rounder means that said product is a jack of all trades in its respective field.

All three products are considerable all-rounders and all three satisfies the answer above.

Which TV mount is the easiest to install?

Answer: The Sanus Systems Visionmount Tilt Mount (VMPL50A) has an app dedicated for installation. Said app guide users on the whole installation process. This feature makes this product as the easiest product to install out of the three.

Which product is the thinnest?

Answer: VideoSecu ML531BE svelte profiles, at 2.2 inches, gives it a sexy look that the other two are hard pressed to emulate. So if you want a thin but still strong TV mount, the VideoSecu ML531BE is the way to go.

4 Top 70 Inch TVs That Won’t Break the Bank 2019

Choosing a TV set from a sea of competitive products is a tough choice for anyone who wants one. The market has seen companies that has improved their products to such length hat most products churned out from the competitive manufacturers has become a good bet. This article aims to help you in making the choice in the 70 inch range.

1. Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model – Best Budget Product

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Specifications:
  • The screen size is measured at 69.50 inches in diagonal
  • This Vizio product has the SmartCast feature and this is paired with Chromecast built-in
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model supports Dolby Vision
  • This product has Ultra Color Spectrum
  • Spatial Scaling Engine is also included
  • The display is powered by an 8-core processor
  • The backlight is of the XLED Plus variant
  • Black level production is shouldered by Xtreme Bblack Engine Plus
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has 32 local dimming zones
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model supports bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • This product has 4 HDMI ports
  • It also has the following input ports:
    • Component (1)
    • Ethernet (1)
    • USB Port (1)
  • It also has the following output ports:
    • Analog Audio Out
    • Digital Audio Out
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has a 60HZ display refresh rate
  • It also has Active Pixel Tuning
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has a dynamic contrast ratio of 20M by 1
  • It has an aspect ratio of 16 by 9
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model can display 1.07 billion colors
  • The following OSD languages are supported:
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has the following audio features
  • DTS StudioSound
  • DTS TruSurround
  • DTS TruVolume
  • IT has an ambient light sensor
  • The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has VESA compliance
  • Its mount pattern os 400 mm by 400 mm
  • The following accessories are included:
    • Remote Control
    • Battery
  • The product weighs around 60.41 pounds with the stand attached
  • The product will weigh 58.64 pounds without the stand attached
  • Vizio provides a one-year warranty

Smart Platform: Is it SMART enough?

Vizio’s own take on the SMART TV platform is more than enough for most streamers. It has ten apps built in. Customization, however, takes a hit as the User Interface or UI does not allow for the rearrangement of the available apps. This is just a minor hiccup and would not affect the overall usability of the operating system.

smart tv apps

Usual suspects such as Hulu and Netflix are available on-board. Even the Netflix app supports 4k along with Vudu. The omission of YouTube might affect those who are invested in the Google Ecosystem but that minor hurdle is more than satiated by the other mainstream services. However, said omissions can be bridged of you have a Google Home speaker. For example, one can activate YouTube by using voice commands.

The menu needs a little bit of work but this product does support Chromecast. Apps that are compatible with Vizio’s UI, and there are lots of them, can be used to control said product as it is an option for streaming. Chromecast handles the rest of the way.

Spartan Exterior Design

Vizio has been known for utilitarian designs all throughout the years and this particular model is no exception. A simple display will welcome anyone who bask his/her eyes upon this unit. This is due to the price range that this product inhabits. Clearly, Vizio wanted to create a none-assuming product with a bevy of features tucked inside.

The product’s design is punctuated by a gray slate that dominates the frame and the front. It seems that Vizio have chosen the silver to color to put some life in to this unit. Silver finishes also populate the edge of the frame. The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model is anything but thin. From the side, the thick profile of this product is visible.

The display stand is also studded with silver accents, in keeping with the overall design language of the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model. Of course, you can always use a wall mount, but its always nice to include a stand so that the device can be used at the get-go. With that said, you better like a silver-studded unit as the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model is full of silver trimmings and gray surfaces.

Feature-Heavy Package

The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model might be spartan with regards to its external design but it has a full deck of features to give it a much needed punch in order to win customers over. Vizio has given full attention to the display of this product and rightfully so. As a TV unit, the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model first duty is to deliver crisp images.

The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has good black color reproduction and contrast levels. This two are some of the basic benchmarks that every customer should consider in purchasing TV units. Black levels are much improved by using XLED Plus. Basically, XLED Plus is Vizio’s name for its implementation of local dimming. As mentioned in other reviews, good black color reproduction is essential because the color black is essential in demarcating images on display. The lack of which will cause fuzzy images.

The display also has refresh rate of 60hz. Vizio claims that said display has a 120hz refresh rate but this obviously a result of inflating numbers. Nevertheless, the refresh rate is more than capable in accommodating fast paced motion videos like sports games. A VA panel is also used here, which is more advanced than the IPS displays that is used by competitors in the same price range.

Pros
Con
  • The menus can be clunky at times

Questions and Answers

Is the SMART TV Platform on-board okay?

Answer: Yes, Vizio’s SMART TV Platform is more than sufficient for most users. Most of the popular TV platforms are available on the get go. This selection of apps can be further boosted if you have a Google Home speaker.

Is there a stand provided?

Answer: Yes, Vizio saw fit to provide a standard feet stand so that consumers may enjoy the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model in the get go.

Is it easy to buy a wall mount for the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model?

Answer: Yes. In fact, the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model has a VESA rating which would make your hunt for the best wall mounts much more easier.


2. Sony KD70X690E- Best for Gaming

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Specifications:
  • The following are the available ports in the Sony KD70X690E
    • HDMI input
    • SPDIF output
    • USB
    • audio line-in
    • audio line-out
    • headphones
    • subwoofer
    • composite video
    • component video input
  • The Sony KD70X690E is HDCP compliant
  • The display has a 4K Ultra HD display
  • High Dynamic Range is included and is highly compatible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro Consoles
  • An upscale in the guise of X-Reality Pro is included
  • Sony KD70X690E includes the ClearAudio+ feature for added audio clarity
  • YouTube accessibility is much enhanced
  • The Sony X690E is also available in other sizes such as:
    • 50 inch (49.5 inch diagonal)
    • 60 inch (60 diagonal)
  • The following accessories are also included in the package
    • AC Power Cord
    • Batteries
    • Operating Instructions
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Remote Control
    • Table Top Stand
  • The display size is measured at 69.5 diagonally
  • The Sony KD70X690E has a VESA rating of 400 by 400 mm
  • The Sony KD70X690E weighs around 61 pounds without a stand
  • It will weigh around 63.7 pounds with the table top stand
  • WiFi Certified 802.11b/g/n is included
  • It has one Ethernet input
  • The following features enhances connectivity with smartphones:
    • Photo Sharing Plus
    • Screen Mirroring via Miracast
  • One RF Connection Input is also available
  • One Component input and One Composite input is available
  • Three USB ports are available and they support the following formats:
    • FAT16
    • FAT32
    • NTFS
  • An LCD display is being used by the Sony KD70X690E
  • Said display has a resolution if 3840 by 2160
  • Direct LED is used for backlighting
  • Frame Dimming is available
  • Sony KD70X690E uses Live Color Technology for Color Enhancement
  • The Dynamic Contrast Enhancer is used for contrast enhancement
  • The following picture modes are supported
    • Vivid
    • Standard
    • Custom
    • Cinema
    • Sports
    • Photo-Vivid
    • Photo-Standard
    • Photo-Custom
    • Game
    • Graphoc
    • HDR Vivid
    • HDR Video
  • The following Dolby Audio formats are supported:
    • Dolby Digital
    • Dolby Digital Plus
    • Dolby Pulse
  • DTS Digital Surround is also supported
  • Linux is used as the Operating System
  • Applications are available in the Opera Store
  • The Sony KD70X690E is Energy Star Compliant

Gaming Prowess

The Sony KD70X690E is designed for gamers. This product boast a low input lag, which is very useful for gamers. Games are usually played with fast motions. A second-long stutter may cost you the game. That is why low input lag is the holy grail of gamers. This ensures that the inputs that you have executed through the controls are instantaneously projected in the TV screen. For most of the conditions that the Sony KD70X690E can dish out in different display resolutions, the input lag remained at the 20 to 30 ms for the most part.

tv for gaming

Sony KD70X690E has a display rate of 60hz. While that may not be impressive, said feature can definitely hold its own when it comes to gaming. With that being said, there are other TV sets that are geared towards gaming that has a 120hz refresh rate but most of the market is inundated with 60 hz anyway.

Sony went the extra mile in ensuring the gaming prowess of this unit by making the integration better with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. This is an inspired move but it is also a highly logical one seeing as Sony owns both products too. This ensures that this particular unit can be used seamlessly with the aforementioned gaming consoles. Add to that the already mentioned specs and the Sony KD70X690E is truly aimed at the gaming market and gamers.

The Situation of the Display

The Sony KD70X690E boast better than average display and that is an imperative. Gamers love minimal input lag but they will not be able to enjoy said feature of the display is dismal. Average viewers would also enjoy the relatively crisp display emitted by the Sony KD70X690E.

The twin features of black color production and contrast are the usual suspects to ensure a good and quality display and thankfully, the Sony KD70X690E delivers on both occasions. Sony uses the now widespread local dimming to ensure that black color production is top notch. Of course, using the Sony KD70X690E in a dimly lit room will greatly help in the reproduction of the black color.

Contrast is also good in the Sony KD70X690E. With a contrast ratio of 4000 by 1, the Sony KD70X690E ensures that black colors are reproduced to the highest quality. Pair that with the local dimming feature and you will have a deep blacks emblazoned on the screen. Grays are also reproduced in top notch quality. Said color will not appear whitish as is prevalent in inferior screens. Sports lovers will surely love this feature.

External Design

This portion is a bit of a let-off for the Sony KD70X690E. Don’t get me wrong, the Sony KD70X690E loos stunning in all of its utilitarian glory. However, those who want a more extravagant piece of art should look elsewhere as the Sony KD70X690E scores low in the exterior department.

The utilitarian design of the Sony KD70X690E is quite basic but pleasing to look at. This machine is all business. The front of the device is dominated by the large 70 inch display. The bezels are also small, as is the trend for most TV sets nowadays. Sony opted to use the black color prominently in this device and this situation bodes well with the overall utilitarian design language.

Now for the only bad news for this product. Sony opted to use plastic as the main material for the device with regards to its external design. Now you would not be touching the device for most of the time. Most of your interactions with the TV is via a remote control in the first place. However, the plasticky feel of the device gives of a cheap feel.

With that being said, the Sony KD70X690E is a compelling device as it promises a good it with gamers. This means that the features and internal are no slouch either. This added features will surely benefit even average viewers.

Pros
  • Excellent display with good contrast
  • Gaming features such as minimal input lag is always a boon
  • Good utilitarian design
Con
  • Plasticky feel of the exterior

Questions and Answers

What is the operating system for the Sony KD70X690E?

Answer: The Sony KD70X690E uses a custom OS from Sony. It has all the usual bells and whistles of a usual SMART TV platform with Netflix and YouTube available.

Is the Sony KD70X690E compatible with other gaming consoles?

Answer: Yes, the Sony KD70X690E is compatible with other consoles although it does have better integration with the aforementioned PlayStation consoles.

Does the Sony KD70X690E has ads?

Answer: No, Sony KD70X690E itself have no ads.


3. LG 70UH6350 – Best for Color Accuracy

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Specifications:
  • The LG 70UH6350 has a 70 inch display
  • Said display is measured at 69.5 inches diagonal
  • This device has a resolution
  • The display format used is 4K UHD 2160p
  • The uses an LED screen
  • There are 3 HDMI ports in this device
  • The following are the other inputs available in this device:
    • USB (3)
    • RF In (1)
    • Composite (1)
    • Component (1)
    • Ethernet (1)
    • Optical (1)
    • Mini Jack (1)
  • The LG 70UH6350 uses the webOS 3.0 SMART TV operating system
  • This device has a refresh rate of 120 hz
  • The LG 70UH6350 has the following features:
    • UHD Mastering Engine
    • Tru Black Panel
    • 4K Upscaler
    • HDR Pro
    • Color Prime Pro
    • ULTRA Luminance
  • Apps can be downloaded from the LG Content Store
  • The LG 70UH6350 also has a ready-to-use built-in full web browser
  • The audio system is compatible/has the following features:
    • Dolby Digital Decoder
    • DTS Decoder
    • Surround Mode
    • Clear Voice
    • Wireless Sound Sync
  • The LG 70UH6350 has the following connectivity features:
  • This device is also Energy Star Compliant
  • The LG 70UH6350 has a VESA rating of 600 by 400
  • This product weighs around 63.3 pounds without the TV stand
  • Meanwhile, said product will weigh around 69.4 pounds with the TV stand affixed

Color Accuracy of the LG 70UH6350

Preferences to features is the most important quality when choosing products. As such, manufacturers usually have two routes in order to get the seal of approval from customers via purchase. Manufacturers could make their products as the jack of all trades in order to get the most customers. However, this means that their products will not be excellent in all areas but atleast they will be great in most. Manufacturers could also create niche products. Niche products are those who serve a single market. They usually have one or two distinct features. Alas. other specs and features are cannibalized in order to get the message. The  LG 70UH6350 is of the latter view.

The  LG 70UH6350 has stunning color accuracy. Those who are working as photographers will surely treasure this feature as color accuracy is all the rage for said group of people. Photography enthusiast will also enjoy said feature. Lastly, even nitpickers will be awed by the stunning color accuracy that the  LG 70UH6350 employs.

The stunning color accuracy also leads to stunning color vibrancy. The colors just pop right off the bat. HDR technology is also employed here which lends more to keeping the colors vibrant. Local dimming may or may not be present as the LG’s website states that there is but other have noticed the lack of it on their units. Regardless, the  LG 70UH6350’s display remains stunning.

For gamers too?

The  LG 70UH6350 also has another trick up its sleeve. It has the TruMotion feature which allegedly bumps the screen display refresh rate up to 240hz. Again, this is a clear example of numbers bloating. Even then, the  LG 70UH6350 boasts a formidable 120hz refresh rate. That’s more than the Sony KD70X690E discussed above. For comparison, the Sony KD70X690E only has 60hz refresh rate.

It is always good to note why a better refresh rate is good for gamers. This means that a screen with a high refresh rate will make games smoother. This allows for better framerates. Almost any game is built upon the notion that a lot of motion will be produced. Any split-second lag may spell doom for gamers. The LG 70UH635 avoids that problem by upping the refresh rate up to 120hz.

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About the only thing that stops us from recommending the LG 70UH635 as the best TV unit for gaming is Sony KD70X690E’s emphasis on minimizing input lag. Don’t get me wrong, LG 70UH635 is no slouch either in this regard. It’s just that gamers will want a unit that emphasizes the lessening of input lag. Looking pretty is a secondary, yet still important, want.

External Design

Utilitarian looks seems to be the king of the TV industry today and the LG 70UH635 is no exception. Thin bezels are present here , ensuring that the screen of this product is the most distinctive part of the front. This is in-line with the trends of the market today.

A stand is also provided by LG and its design language also follows the rest if the TV body. Its colored in black and has no distinctive markings on its own. Clearly, LG wants the emphasis to be on the stunning screen itself. The rest of the unit melts i to the background as the screen is turned on.

Pros
  • Stunning color accuracy leads to color vibrancy
  • The 120hz refresh rate is  boon for gamers
  • The HDR feature allows for good contrast
Con
  • The presence of local dimming is debatable

Questions and Answers

What is the name of the SMART TV platform that is used by the LG 70UH635?

Answer: LG’s very own webOS 3.0 is being used here. It has the same bells and whistles that most SMART TV platforms has complete with the usual suspects like Netflix.

Where can I get the apps for this device?

Answer: LG’s very own Content Store is the source of apps for this device. Although not as expansive as Google’s, LG’s Content Store is more than enough.

Is the LG 70UH635 compatible with gaming consoles?

Answer: Yes, the LG 70UH635 is more than capable in handling consoles.


Conclusion

The devices that are arrayed here are formidable on their own. Choosing one of these will always turn out to be a good financial decision. Seriously, all the TV products that are listed here will surely make you happy. However, this review is not a cop-out. A winner must be chosen in order to help you make the decision. Of course, it’s always good to reiterate that all this products are excellent on their own right.

The best product out of the three here is the  LG 70UH635. It has the versatility that the rest of the products here just can’t match. The twin features that will be mentioned below are the main points for contention for this decision.

  • Color Accuracy
  • Excellent display refresh rate

The  LG 70UH635, as touted above, is the best TV in terms of color accuracy. As mentioned above, color accuracy usually leads to color vibrancy and that is the case for the  LG 70UH635. The colors pop out and the display os very good to look at. Again, photography enthusiasts will surely love the display. Add to that the HDR capability, further enhancing the contrast of  LG 70UH635’s display.

The  LG 70UH635 will also delight gamers. While the 240hz refresh rate claim of LG is suspect to doubts, testing has discovered that said device can belt out 120hz in real life. This is more than than the Sony KD70X690E’s 60 hz. The LG 70UH635 could have gotten the “best for Gamers” tag if it weren’t for the Sony KD70X690E’s minimal input lag feature. Nonetheless, the LG 70UH635 remains the second best choice for gamers and the best choice overall.


Questions and Answer?

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What is the best bang-for-the-buck TV set?

Answer: The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model is arguably the best budget TV set out of the three models arrayed in this review. However, don’t let the relatively cheap price fool you as the Vizio M-Series 70 inch Mode is quite feature heavy.

What is the best TV set for gamers?

Answer: The Sony KD70X690E is arguably the best TV set for gamers. With minimal input lag, 60hz display refresh rate and collaboration with PlayStation, the Sony KD70X690E will surely be a delight for gamers/

What is the best TV product for photographers?

Answer: The LG 70UH635 is the best TV product for photography buffs. Its display is very accurate, especially when compared to its competitors.

Can I use a wall mount for these products?

Answer: Yes, all products listed here are compatible with wall mounts. In fact, all three products listed here have VESA ratings.

Which product has the best external design?

Answer: All three products here follows the utilitarian design. This means that these products usually stick to basic designs. However, both the LG 70UH635 and the Sony KD70X690E can hold their respective grounds against more elaborate designs in the market.

Where can I get apps for these TV products?

Answer:  LG 70UH635 uses webOS 3.0 and its app selection can be had in LG’s very own Content Store. The Vizio M-Series 70 inch Model already has some apps preinstalled and this selection can further be widened with the use of a Google Home Speaker. You can get apps from the Opera Store of you have the Sony KD70X690E.

Best 70, 75 inch TVs 2019 Editor’s Choice (4K UHD, LED, HDTV)

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Bigger TV screens are the rage nowadays. It seems that the adage, “bigger is better” has captured the public’s imagination nowadays. In fact, consumers from other platforms like smartphones have also demanded bigger screens from manufacturers. Not even Apple, holding fast upon the smaller is better philosophy for its phone, can resist the demand of the hordes.

Of course, not all consumers want large TV screens. Preference plays a big role in the choice of screen sizes. However, companies have also adopted to the “bigger is better” adage and saw fit to give bigger products with beefier specifications. With this in mind, we can always assume that a bigger TV will have better specs than small ones. For those who wants the very best that the TV industry have to offer, read on about the very best of the 75 inchers in the market right now.

1. Sony XBR-75X94OE – The Best Overall

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Specifications:

  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE package contains the following items
    • AC Power Cord
    • Batteries
    • IR Blaster
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Operating Instructions
    • Table Top Stand
    • Voice Remote Control
  • 75 inch TV
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has a 75 inch sized screen
  • The VESA measurement is 400 by 300 mm
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE weighs around 94.3 pounds or 42.8 kilograms without the provided table top stand affixed
  • It will weigh around 104.9 pounds or 47.6 kilograms with the stand affixed to its bottom
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE is compatible with WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • It has one ethernet port at the bottom
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has Chromecast built-in
  • The following smartphone connectivity features are available
  • Screen Mirroring via Miracast
  • Video and TV SideView compatible with:
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Photo Sharing Plus
  • It has one terrestrial/cable (RF) connection input that is also located at the bottom
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has one component video input
  • It also has 2 composite video inputs
  • 1 side analog conversion
  • 1 side hybrid with component
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has one RS-232C input and about 4 HDMI ports
  • It has HDMI and HDCP
  • It has one digital audio output and also one audio/headphone output
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has 3 USB ports
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE is compatible with the following USB drive formats:
    • FAT 16
    • FAT 32
    • exFAT
    • NTFS
  • The display type being used is of the LCD variant
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has a display resolution of 3840 by 2160
  • It is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has the 4K HDR Processor X1
  • The following color enhancing features are present:
  • Live Color Technology
  • Precision Color Mapping
  • Super bit mapping 4K HDR
  • TRILUMINOS Display
  • The following features enhance the contrast
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • Object-based HDR remaster
  • X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE is compatible with the following Dolby audio formats:
    • Dolby Digital
    • Dolby Digital Plus
    • Dolby Pulse
  • It is also compatible with the DTS Digital Surround format
  • It is compatible with the Google Plays Store
  • It is compatible with the Opera Web Browser
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has a light sensor
  • The frame is colored in black
  • The Sony XBR-75X94OE has a power saving mode

The Fit and Finish

The design of the Sony XBR-75X94OE won’t surprise anyone. Like their Xperia line of phones. Sony has continued to use their common designs. That’s not to say that the design of the Sony XBR-75X94OE is boring. IT is anything but. Sony’s philosophy seems to be in line with Apple’s, endless reiterations of the same design but with incremental updates as the years go by.

The Sony XBR-75X94OE inherited the same sleek and thin look that has pervade Sony’s product all throughout the years. As such, one might find the Sony XBR-75X94OE to be utilitarian. A sexy one at that. The Sony XBR-75X94OE, like its predecessors, adhere to the minimalist ethos that as also pervade the operating systems of today. This means that the biggest exterior feature that this product has is its screen. Gone are the days of bulky TV boxes with protruding backs and big bezels. The TV’s of today are sleek and almost bezeless. The Sony XBR-75X94OE does that with inherent, for the lack of better term, sexiness.

As stated in the specs, Sony has included a table top stand in the package. Of course, you can always use a wall mount which is the more elegant solution but table top stands can do the trick too. The stand provided is quite small. This seems to be in line with the minimalist ethos that Sony loves. However, the table top stand in question is more than adequate to bear the big footprint of the Sony XBR-75X94OE. In other words, you will have no problem in trusting said stand to bear the weight of the Sony XBR-75X94OE.

The stand is also utilitarian in design and is also imbued with minimalist undertones. Said stand has a silvery finish distinguishing it from the mostly black-jet colored frontage of the TV. The back is also colored silver to match with the silvery stand. The bottom part of the back plate houses the outputs, inputs and other ports. The bezels of the TV are very thin, ensuring that the screen will grab much of the attention. The bezels are 0.55 inches while the thickness of the product itself is measured at 2.56 inches at its maximum.

Display Quality of the XBR-75X94OE

The no frills, minimalist design of the Sony XBR-75X94OE aims to focus the consumers’ eyes on the screen of this product and not on the design itself. They did that for a big reason. For most, a TV is as good as its screen. The Sony XBR-75X94OE, luckily, does not disappoint.

The Sony XBR-75X94OE contrast allows it to belt out extremely good dark scenes. This could only mean that black color reproduction is also good, albeit not as good as the AMOLED screens of Samsung but still above average. The display is also quite powerful as the Sony XBR-75X94OE can still churn out excellent pictures even when the room where it’s situated is quite bright. This feature is usually lacking among projectors. Said display can get quite bright, with the amount of nits more than enough to fight ambient lighting in the room.

Sony’s HDR, as mentioned in specs above, also helps in improving the picture quality. Pairing it with the excellent local dimming and the pictures that are generated by Sony XBR-75X94OE is more than enough to give the screen a wow factor. About the only major downside of the screen are the poor viewing angles but with a display his big, most will have no problems.

Making it SMART

The Sony XBR-75X94OE is a Smart TV. That means that it has features that are lacking on last generation TV units that still populate the low-end markets. This product is also largely intertwined with Google and has Android. While Android Oreo is still unavailable for the Sony XBR-75X94OE. Android Nougat is more than capable to handle the Smart Features included in this product. Do take note that the platform used here is not a same Android OS that runs on your phones. This has the dedicated Android TV Os on board. This also means that the Sony XBR-75X94OE shares the inherent problems that goes with using this platform, like random lag frame drops. But for the most part, the UI is more than fast enough for TV users.

The beast feature of any TV that runs the Android Smart TV platform is Google Play Store. The plethora of apps that the Google Play Store offers is just mind boggling. The seemingly endless choices of apps is surely one of the major selling point of Android and by extension, the Sony XBR-75X94OE.

Pros

  • Excellent display with a plethora of features
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • The Android TV Platform offers a lot of applications

Con

  • Bad viewing angles

Questions

Is the Android inside the Sony XBR-75X94OE same with the Android OS that can be seen on phones?

Answer: No, the Android Smart TV platform, while sharing a lot of qualities with the mainstream Android, is quite different with the latter. The Android Smart TV platform is optimized for a bigger screen and for a consumption based function.

Can I use the Sony XBR-75X94OE in an outdoor setting?

Answer: It depends. It’s more than okay to use it at nighttime but for daylight conditions. An outdoor projector may be more useful.

Can the small table top stand provided in the package support the weight of th Sony XBR-75X94OE?

Answer: While the table top stand looks small in stature, it can comfortably hold the weight of the Sony XBR-75X94OE. With that being said, you can always use a dedicated wall mount if you still have doubts.


2. Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA – Best for Gaming

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Specifications:

  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA uses an LCD display
  • Said display is Edged Lit (Backlight)
  • This device has a 120Hz refresh rate
  • It has the Motion 240 feature which allows the device to depict fast motion objects with great accuracy
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA has 4 HMDI ports
  • It also has 3 USB ports
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA has a built in web browser
  • The display is 4K UHD certified
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA has two built in audio speakers
  • Built in speaker has 40W 20W audio output
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA uses the Tizen Operating System, enabling it to have SMART TV features
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA has HEVC
  • The display is rated at 4K UHD
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA uses a flat LCD screen
  • This device is ENERGY STAR Certified
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA has built in Wifi
  • It has a 16 by 9 aspect ratio
  • The has a pixel resolution at 3840 by 2160
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA is compatible with HDR 10
  • It has a TV Tuner
  • The following are the available ports in the Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA:
    • HDMI (4 ports)
    • RF Antenna (1 port)
    • TOSLINK (1 port)
    • USB (3 ports)
    • Ethernet (1 port)
  • The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA stereo onboard
  • Said speaker has Dolby Digital
  • The remote control is provided for
  • The product weighs 83 pounds or 37.19 kilograms without the stand and 84 pounds or 38.10 kilograms with the stand affixed

Picture Display Quality

AMOLED and OLED screens will always one-up TV screens that uses LCD. The same can be observed in the world of smartphones. However, Samsung is able to elevate the LCD screen that is being used here in the UN75MU80000FXZA by employing much needed features and technologies that helps in upgrading the display quality. Enter the Precision Black Feature

Precision Black is practically just Samsung’s name for local dimming. While local dimming may not be as effective in edge-lit LCD displays such as the Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA, it still helps in the overall quality of the display. Local dimming is usually done to improve the black levels. The color black is very important in order to demarcate the borders of other colors. This is where contrast is usually brought up.

The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA is also High Dynamic Range Compatible. This basically means that that display is made better by this feature. The contrast is pumped up to a higher level. The HDR works in opposite ways with the Precision Black feature. HDR pumps more light into the display. It works in tandem with the Precision Black. Precision Black dims the areas of the screen that is better off to be dimly lit while HDR pumps more light on to areas that needs it. The ensuing cacophony of dim lit and bright areas creates better contrast for the display.

4K UHD and 120 hz Refresh Rate

One of the main selling points of the Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA is its 4K display. However, this alone would not be enough in order to project a good display. Most of the contents available right now are not tuned to exploit 4K displays. At most, you will see 4K displays with their display resolution downplayed to accommodate said contents.

The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA avoids that problem by having a conversion engine included in the product. Imagine an HD content that is displayed in a 4K display. Normally, said HD content will be displayed in HD resolution (unless it can exploit said display on its own). Basically this scenario would see the 4K display to be practically useless. However, Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA’s conversion engine will see to it that the HD content is converted into 4K.

This feature is basically allowing the Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA to have backwards compatibility with older content and allowing said content to exploit the full range of the this products displaying prowess.

The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA is capable of 120hz refresh rate. What this basically means is that the motions to be displayed here will be ultra smooth. This is very good for gaming as said games can exploit the Fast Motion feature afforded by such specification. As we all know, games are usually fulled with fast and abrupt motions. While ordinary displays can keep up with most games, hard core gamers may want a smoother transition with it comes to motion and Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA 120 Hz refresh rate more than satisfies that need.

Tizen: Samsung’s Take on SMART TV’s

Samsung uses the Tizen OS for its SMART TV platform. Whether you like it or not depends upon your preference. Some may prefer android’s take on it. Some may also prefer Amazon’s OS. Tizen, however, has been continuously updated by Samsung. It is now faster and more responsive. Gone are the days of random lags of yesteryear. The interface is better and navigation is now easier to do because of the inherent intuitiveness that so pervades the operating system.

Of course the advantages of TV sets with a SMART TV OS is evident against those units which has none. Tizen allows users to use apps much like the one’s in Android. It also allows you to couple your TV unit with the many streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. This ability is just lacking on “dumb” TV’s. Of course, YouTube is accessible here and also free.

Pros

  • The 120hz refresh rate is a boon for sports viewers and gamers
  • Local Dimming and HDR work hand in hand to ensure excellent contrast
  • 4K upscaling allows of non-4K content to exploit the the 4K display

Con

  • Tizen lacks the breadth of apps that the Android Platform has

Questions

Does it handle the PlayStation 4 well?

Answer: Yes it does. In fact, it has a gaming mode that caters solely to games. Couple that with the 120hz refresh rate and games will appear well in this product.

What is the external description of the unit?

Answer: The borders are brushed up with aluminum trimmings. The back is colored in jet black.

What is the difference between Android TV and Tizen?

Answer: While both operating systems are based on smartphones, the Tizen OS is relatively new. While Android TV has the upperhand in the diversity of apps, Tizen has the better interface because of better colors used and the customization options are immense.


3. LG 75UH8500 – Best in Viewing Angles

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Specifications:

  • The LG 75UH8500 has a resolution of 3840 by 2160
  • It has a quantum display
  • The chip is of the dual core variant
  • The LG 75UH8500 has local dimming to improve black color levels
  • It has the Tru 4K Engine and the Tru 4K Upscaler
  • The LG 75UH8500 has 9 picture modes to choose from
  • It has 3 HDMI ports
  • It also has 3 USB ports
  • The LG 75UH8500 is capable of 4K UHD file playback
  • It also has the Color Prime Plus feature which enhances the ranges of color that can be reproduced by the LG 75UH8500
  • It also has the TruMotion 240hz refresh rate
  • The LG 75UH8500 has a built in web browser and can connect to the Wifi because of the built in module
  • Dolby Vision with HDR Super is also included
  • The LG 75UH8500 uses an IPS display panel to enhance viewing angles
  • The LG 75UH8500 uses the webOS as its SMART TV platform
  • The audio system is designed by Harman/Kardon
  • The LG 75UH8500 is Energy Star Qualified
  • Apps can be had from the LG Content Store
  • The following ports are also available:
    • RF (1)
    • Composite (1)
    • Component (1)
    • Ethernet (1)
    • Optical (1)
    • Mini Jack (1)
  • The VESA rating is 600×400
  • The LG 75UH8500 weighs around 103.2 pounds without the stand
  • The LG 75UH8500 weighs around 110.9 pounds with the included stand affixed
  • Dolby Digital Recorder is also included in the package
  • The LG 75UH8500 also has a DTS recorder (DTS-HD)

The Display Quality

4K displays has been the rave for the past few years in the TV industry. LG has one been of the leaders of said industry and has embraced the 4K technology. Indeed, its UH8500 series is star-studded with products that are endowed with beautiful 4K displays. The LG 75UH8500 is one of them.

Most of the media content that is floating around today are just not designed to exploit 4K displays. That is why LG saw fit to put an upscaler for the LG 75UH8500. This video engine allows for non-4K content to be displayed using the full power of 4K displays enabling a better viewing experience.

IPS Technology Onboard

The LG 75UH8500, as mentioned in the spec sheet above, uses an IPS (in-plane switching) display. Basically, this IPS display allows for better viewing angles. Most TV units have poor viewing angles because manufacturers estimate that most viewers will watch TV shows directly towards the gaze of the TV screen. However, this is not always the case. For example, a huge crowd might decide to use one TV screen only. Logic dictates that some might view said display from the sides and might observe discoloration as a result of poor viewing angles.

Nonetheless, degradation of display can still be observed as one goes further from the optimal viewing angle (which is direct to the TV). However, LG 75UH8500” display is still much better than the competition with regards to said matter. This is, by far, one of the best selling points of the LG 75UH8500.

Other Notable Features

LG’s HDR feature allows for better luminosity and brightness for the display. It creates better contrast as it gives bright areas more luminosity to contrast it with the darker part of the image that is being displayed. This means that colors are demarcated better and the overall display is made crispier.

The SMART TV platform that is being used here is LG’s very own weOS. It has all the bells and whistles of a proper SMART TV OS. It even has its own app store, courtesy of LG’s Content Store. Of course, it would not beat the immense line up of Android’s Play Store but does have the usual apps that one needs to have in order to enjoy said unit. Apps for Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are available.

Pros

  • Excellent display via 4K technology
  • Good viewing angles via IPS display
  • The 240hz TruMotion refresh rate is a boon for sports viewers

Con

  • LG’s content store is still inferior to the Android Play Store but it’s getting there

Questions

What is IPS?

Answer: IPS or in-plane-switching is a type of display technology that allows for any display to be viewed in any angle comfortably. It combats the degradation of the display when not viewed in its optimal viewing angle.


Question and Answer

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What is the best overall 75 inch TV in the market right now?

Answer: Arguably, the Sony XBR-75X94OE is the best TV unit right now. Android TV allows for much flexibility and the almost borderless design sits well the trend of today. The display is also excellent.

What is the best 75 inch TV for gamers?

Answer: The Samsung UN75MU80000FXZA is the best unit for gamers. The 120hz refresh rate ensures smooth display of fast moving objects in the display. Samsung coupled this with the Fast Motion feature to iron out inadequacies in displaying fast moving objects. Latency is also much reduced.

What is the best 75 inch TV for large crowds?

Answer: While large crowds are better served by projectors, the LG 75UH8500 is arguably the best bet for this segment. The IPS display allows for better viewing angles. This allows viewers who are in the edge of the crowd to still enjoy the content with minimal degradation.

What is SMART TV?

Answer: SMART TV is the TV industry’s answer to the smartphones. Basically, this allows TV units to enjoy the benefits of mobile operating systems. This basically means that TV units will now have access to different applications which enhances the functions and flexibility of said units.

What is Android TV?

Answer: Android TV is basically the TV version of the widely acclaimed Android OS. A such, Android TV has access to the Play Store. This ability gives TV units with Android TV onboard to access the gigantic app library that the Play Store has.

What is Tizen?

Answer: Tizen is Samsung’s take on operating systems. It was created as an answer against the widely popular Android OS. Samsung has been developing Tizen to be compatible with phones, smartwatches, and TV units.

What is webOS?

Answer: webOS is LG’s very own SMART TV platform. It has a slick UI that rivals competing platforms. It’s settings menus can be confusing at times but the overall feel of the system is adequate. LG’s content store supplies the apps but like Tizen, it is hard pressed to compete with the app selection available in Android’s Play Store.

Top 32 Inch T.V. Displays in the Market (2019) – Our Honest Review

32 Inch TVS are the most commonly bought TVs. They make a perfect addition to a bedroom, office or work exceptionally well as a gaming monitor. In this review we’re going to dive into our 3 top picks for different budgets and needs and hopefully help you find a product that fits your needs.

1. Best Product for Gaming – TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model)

Specifications:

  • 32 inches sized screen
  • The TCL S305 720p Roku TV has the following connections:
  • HDMI
  • USB
  • Audio Input
  • Composite Video Input
  • Headphones
  • The following are the supported audio formats:
    • AAC
    • AC3
    • AIFF
    • FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) MP3
    • PCM
    • WAV
    • WMA
  • The following are the supported picture formats:
    • GIF
    • JPG
    • PNG
  • The following are the supported video formats:
    • H.264
    • MKV
    • MOV
    • MP4
    • TS
  • The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) weighs around 9 pounds
  • The display uses a LED-backlit LCD screen
  • This product measures at 28.9 inches in width
  • This product also has a height of 17.1
  • It’s display format is rated at 720p
  • Its screen has a refresh rate of 60 hertz

Design Specifics – Weight/Height/Functionality

As implied above, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) is a no frills appliance. That’s not to say that this product is boring. However, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) does have a basic display. You will find no curved screens here. That, on its own, is not necessarily a bad thing. Having a curved screen is ok but a flat screen can do the job just fine.

A noticeable improvement from last years model (from TCL) is this year’s “feet”. The feet that I’m referring to is the plastic feet that keeps the monitor in an upright position.The design of such is noticeably better than last year’s. Although do take note that this year’s stand is a bit bigger  The people in TCL most probably thought that a wider set would give it more stability if used in an upright position. You will  needing a bigger table if you are thinking of propping the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) on one.

The back of the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) continues the no frills, utilitarian design that so emanates the rest of the product.  In other words, the back of the t.v. is as basic as it gets. However, the top half is is made up of metal. Such decision enables the back to have, at least, a touch of inspiration. The inputs located at the back are composite in nature and are easily accessible.

Bezels and Thickness

This product exhibits 1.8 centimeter bezels. To be sure, the small bezels allows the product to showcase its screen prowess. The bezel measurement, at least in the t.v. world, are pedestrian in nature. Such is the advance of the industry as a whole in minimizing bezels and borders.

The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) thickness is measured at 7.5 centimeters. Again, at least within the industry, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) can be classified as neither too thick nor too thin. It is somewhere in the middle. Mounting the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) on the wall may give some problems because of the prominence of the lip but a slight adjustment will fix this problem should it arise.

How Strong Is The TCL S305?

The build quality of the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) is rather adequate. Again, the name of the game in this price point is simplicity. The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model)’s frame is more than enough to handle the stresses that television sets will suffer throughout its use, which is not much anyway.

The surface of the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) reveals a plastic surface (except for the metal part mentioned above). The plastic used in this product feels cheap. This is not a problem for most buyers as the majority of them will spend their time a few feet away from the screen. When you do touch the product, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) boast a more than adequate temperature control. The in-device temperature usually hovers between 34 to 37 degrees Celsius. The heat generated is also distributed evenly throughout the product.

Display Quality – Better Than Other Models?

The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) boasts a decent high definition display right out of the bat. The product exudes decent color reproduction. The screen, however, is not that bright. It is advisable to use the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) in dimly lit rooms in order to maximize the display prowess of said product. As such, said product must not be used in areas where ambient light is sufficient as the display performance will suffer because of its lower brightness capacity. This is another chink in this product’s metaphorical armor and customers who want to view videos outside the house are better served by other products.

The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) also has poor viewing angles although this is not much of a problem when compared with phones. This is because television sets are, more or less, stationary. However, this statement comes with a caveat. A large audience may not be possible with the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) because, more often than not, the edges of the crowd will be situated in a way where the display of the screen will wash out because of the poor viewing angles. The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) is designed solely for private entertainment.

The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) display does have an excellent element to its credit. The product boast of an excellent contrast measured at around 3500:1. This means that the color reproduction, when contrasted with the color black, is excellent. Compared to products like the Epson EX3220, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) will always have the better display. However, the former has a brighter display than the latter.

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Pros

  • Excellent price for the package
  • Decent screen
  • Excellent Temperature control
  • Excellent contrast
  • Commendable bezel thickness

Cons

  • The display is dimmer than the average
  • Plasticky fit and finish
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2. Samsung UN32J6300 – Best High-End 32 Inch TV

Specifications:

  • The Samsung UN32J6300 has a Full HD (High-Definition) 1080p Display
  • LED technology is present in this product
  • The Samsung UN32J6300 has a quad core processor
  • It stands at 18.6 inches tall with a stand
  • It weighs around 12.1 pounds
  • The display of the Samsung UN32J6300 is capable of 120 hertz refresh rate
  • This product has the following connectivity options:
    • HDMI
    • Component Video
    • Composite Video
  • The Samsung UN32J6300 is Energy Star Compliant
  • This product has Smart T.V. features

Fit and Finish 

The premium fit and finish that Samsung afforded to the Samsung UN32J6300’s larger siblings are apparent in this one. One can find the stand below the monitor and the attention to detail to said stand is evident. Said stand is afforded with a brushed silver trim. This sets the tone for the rest of the product in the field of fit and finish.

The backplate is also a joy to touch. Samsung saw fit to endow the UN32J6300 with a blue-tinged plastic with decorative patterns that are executive with an embroidery finish. This was directly imported from the more expensive models of the J3600 line. The bezels of this particular product has also been trimmed down significantly. In effect, Samsung is trying to showcase their excellent display technology that is available in the UN32J6300. This is also in keeping with the trend of today where bezels are minimized. This trend has also expanded to the realm of smartphones.

The back of the UN32J6300 reveals a set of ports. The following can be found at the back.

  • HDMI ports
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • Ethernet port
  • Component/Composite jacks
  • RF ports
  • Headphone Jack
  • Digital Audio Out
  • RS-232C

The inclusion of the HDMI port is of special interest as most small television sets don’t have one. It is evident that Samsung wants its products, like the UN32J6300, to be versatile.

Smart T.V. Features UN32J6300

Missing, however, in the UN32J6300 that is present on its more pricier (and bigger) siblings is the ability to interact with the product via voice and motion. You’ll have to make do with the included remote. The other Smart T.V. features, like the contextual buttons, are still present here and are very useful in interacting with the built-in web browser. Said web browser further cements the identity of the UN32J6300 as a Smart T.V.

However, Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services are also present. The UN32J6300, as mentioned above, is also equipped with a web browser in keeping with its “Smart T.V.” tag. The problem is that said feature feels like it is inadequate for its purpose. However, the same is also true for most Smart T.V.’s with built in web browsers. This is not a problem that is exclusive to the UN32J6300. At the very least, you’ll have a web browser to use but it is more practical to use a PC or a smartphone for your web browser needs. This SMART features are largely absent for projectors and those who want to use said features should think otherwise in using said product.

Samsung Display Features

As stated above, Samsung is one of the leaders in screen display and it shows on the UN32J6300. The product at hand has a fairly excellent screen that is also endowed with smart features. For instance, the screen can be calibrated and/or modified to get the best of results. The following are the parts of the display that can be customized.

  • White Balance
  • Color Gamut
  • Backlight
  • Color and Contrast

There are also several audio options. Picture enhancement features are also present. One of which is Samsung’s very own Auto Motion Plus.

The quality of the UN32J6300’s screen is very evident when you use to watch the videos itself or when streaming from Netflix. The content is represented in a way that will surely please the viewers. The already excellent display is augmented by Samsung’s Micro Dimming Pro feature. This allows the UN32J6300 to create better blacks. Of course, the LCD panel that is being used here is no rival for the AMOLED screens in terms of black color reproduction. Nonetheless, the aforementioned feature improves the ability and clarity of the LCD screen.

The preceding feature comes with a cost. Although it helps in producing better black levels, the Micro Dimming Pro and the VA panel conspire to give the UN32J6300 less than stellar viewing angles. This means that one must look directly towards the screen in order to get the best viewing experience. Thankfully, color accuracy is unaffected.

Pros

  • The UN32J6300 has one of the best displays in the 32 inch market
  • The fit and finish of the product is excellent
  • Excellent black color levels
  • Display optimization features are pretty handy

Cons

  • Poor viewing angles
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3. LG LH550B (Best Value 32 Inch)

 

Specifications:

  • The LG LH550B has a 720p HD (High-Definition) display
  • It also has Smart T.V. functionality under the LG Smart TV operating system
  • It is an Energy Star qualified product
  • It has a LCD screen
  • The following are the available inputs:
    • 2 HDMI ports
    • 1 USB port
    • 1 RF input
    • 1 Composite input
    • 1 Component input
    • 1 Ethernet input
    • 1 Optical input
    • 1 RS232C
  • The LG LH550B has a 60 hertz refresh rate
  • LG saw fit to include the 2ch Speaker System
  • Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services are made available by LG in this product
  • Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Built-in and SIMPLINK are available for connectivity
  • The LG LH550B weighs at 8.8 pounds with the stand included

Display and Screen

The screen is of the LCD type. Although it is not an AMOLED screen, the display of the LH550B is more than enough to satisfy the average viewer. LG’s triple XD engine is largely responsible for the near-excellent display of this product. The images are good and smooth. The display also delivers crisp images. Color accuracy is also quite good. This could come in handy when watching sports as some sports will entail a full court view. Players may look small and only the color my differentiate them from the other team. 

However, downsides are also observable in the screen. Black levels are not that good, reminding us that this is no AMOLED screen. Viewing angles tend to be poor as an effect. Large groups won’t be able to appreciate the viewing experience because those at the sides will be victims of the poor viewing angles. The display is not so vibrant because it only has average saturation. Again, this is not the fault of the display but the technology that LG chose to put inside the LH550B. LCD’s can only do so much when compared with the more capable AMOLED screens.

On the flipside, the LH550B uses direct LED backlighting instead of the more common edge-lit type. To make the story short, common edge-lit backlighting is more than sufficient for bigger T.V. models. However, smaller T.V.’s like the LH550B will suffer from poorer backlighting if the edge-lit method is used owing to the smaller frame. Direct LED backlighting aims to mitigate said physical defect.

To be sure, the LG LH550B’s display is very bright but it’s better to use outdoor projectors when you’re watching a movie outside because the latter is a more elegant solution.

Connectivity

Being a Smart TV, the LG LH550B is connected with the usual streaming services. The following are among the streaming services that can be accessed through this product.

  • Netflix
  • Amazon
  • Hulu Plus
  • VUDU
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies and TV

LG LH550B also supports a multitude of video formats. This means that you are not restricted to streaming services. This is a good consideration as this will enable you to eschew the Smart TV functionality and just go old school and use your own media. The following are the video formats supported:

  • DivX HD
  • JPEG
  • JPG
  • MPO
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital)
  • EAC3
  • HAAC
  • AAC
  • MPEG
  • MP3
  • PCM,
  • DTS

Fit and Finish

The LG LH550B’s design will not win any awards. LG went for an understated design. This means that the LG LH550B is utilitarian in form. Whether you will like it or not depends on your preference. However, the stand needs some work as it is not large enough to comfortably support the monitor if used in an upright position. Still, said product is much more easier to set-up than most projectors but the latter has some huge advantages that the former lacks.

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The Winner – What is the Top Choice for 32 Inch TV?

The question right now revolves around the best 32 inch television set among the chosen one. Before we get to that, it’s worth mentioning that all of devices mentioned here are excellent on their own right and will surely satisfy you.

However, this article promised to choose the best out of the three products that are mentioned here. Again, this review will not be a cop-out. And the best 32 inch t.v. to buy right now is the Samsung UN32J6300. Here are the following reasons justifying the statement.

  • Great Fit and Finish
  • Excellent Display

Now, all the three products has has good displays and good build quality. However, the Samsung product rises above the rest by the sheer excellence of how it executes the build quality and the screen display.

Both TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) and the LG LH550B has good screens. However, both products use LCD technology instead of AMOLED. This results into a display that has only average black level production. This may result into a slightly fuzzy image because the black color serves as the boundary/demarcation for the other colors.

While the Samsung UN32J6300 also uses an LCD panel, it included two technologies that mitigate the inherent problems of using an LCD panel.

  • Micro Dimming Pro
  • Smart Features (Display Optimization)

Samsung’ Micro Dimming Pro feature is aimed directly at combating the perennial problem of LCD displays, which is the abysmal black level production. Said featured allows the UN32J6300 to create better black levels, albeit still inferior when compared against AMOLED displays.

Samsung UN32J6300, being a SMART TV, also has tricks up its metaphorical sleeves. Special note is to be taken to it’s ability to calibrate the display. Said feature greatly improves the display quality of the UN32J6300. The two features mentioned above insures that the has the advantage in the display against the other to products.

The fit and finish of the Samsung UN32J6300 is also decisively much better than the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) and the LG LH550B. Samsung’s usage of the silver trims and better surface material means that the is comfortable to touch and pleasant to look at. The other two products are essentially nondescript, aiming to have a more utilitarian flare.

Do take note that these TV’s are a bit on the heavy side. A projector is much more portable like the Excelvan 2600, which only weighs around 4.5 pounds.


Questions and Answers – 32 Inch Tv Buying Guide

  1. What is the best 32 inch tv in the market right now?

Answer: The Samsung UN32J6300 is arguably the best 32 incher in the T.V. market right now. It’s superior fit and finish as well as the excellent display is much better than competing products.

  1. Which is better, LCD or AMOLED?

Answer: AMOLED screens are better than LCD ones owing to the fact that the former produces better black levels. This enables said display to display crisp images. However, AMOLED screens are hard to come by in the 32 inch tv segment.

  1. Which 32 inch tv model is best suited for gaming?

Answer: The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model). Gamers for the most part, should take note of the refresh rate of the tv. While the Samsung UN32J6300 may boast 120 hertz refresh rate, actual usage shows that it’s refresh rate is closer to 60 hertz. This discrepancy is due to the different measurements used by Samsung.

On the other hand, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch mode) boast an actual refresh rate of 120 hertz. This means that the images being displayed will look smoother during motion and this is very important for gamers as this will remove undue lag that may cost them the game.

Of course, projectors are a lot more cheaper and bigger but they tend to sacrifice clarity.

  1. What is the best budget 32 inch in the market?

Answer: The TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch mode) is the best budget 32 incher. It has all the essential specifications allowing it to compete with products that are priced higher.

5.Which is the best 32 inch SMART TV?

Answer: Arguably, all the three products here are the best of their class. All three have adequate “SMART” features and all are connected with the needed streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. Samsung’s decision to withhold the Tizen platform from the UN32J6300 leveled the playing field.

  1. What is the best 32 inch tv for console gaming?

Answer: None. Most of the best television sets for gaming consoles are better served by pricier and bigger T.V. models. With that being said, the TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) is of note because it has the best refresh rate out of the devices mentioned in this article.

  1. Which is the best 32 inch T.V. in terms of display?

Answer: Samsung UN32J6300. Although it shares the infirmities of other TV’s who use LCD screens, the UN32J6300 mitigates this by having the Micro Dimming Pro feature.

  1. Which is the best 32 inch TV in terms of fit and finish?

Answer: Samsung UN32J6300. Other products in this range are sticking to a nondescript utilitarian style to mask the fact that most of the products in sad range are entry-level ones. The UN32J6300 is an exception as Samsung went all out and bestowed silver trims and nice-to-touch materials in said product.

  1. Which 32 inch T.V. supports Netflix and other streaming services?

Answer: All three of the mentioned in here are capable of supporting Netflix, Hulu and other well known streaming services. This is in keeping with the SMART TV status. However, TCL S305 720p Roku TV (32 inch model) has the Roku functionality. This gives it a specific edge.

  1. Are bigger TV’S better than smaller ones like the 32 inchers?

Answer: Yes. Most manufacturers tend to cram better specs on bigger TV’s that  smaller ones. This bucks the miniaturization trend that has become evident to other products. Of course, those who are seeking smaller TV’s like the 32 inchers are those who would like to keep their expenditure to a minimum.

11. Why is the LG LH550B considered as the “Best Value” product in this review?

Answer: The LG LH550B price is nestled between the other two products that are reviewed in this article. This goes to show that the LG LH550B is marketed as a median device. It is not so expensive but also escapes from the label of “cheap device”. Furthermore, the specs of the LG LH550B is well positioned and is capable relative to its price.

Optoma GT1080Darbee Review

Steve Scott

Overall Impression:

The Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector is a mostly great device. It is a great projector for gaming and produces gorgeous visuals. The projected image is very bright, Full HD, and has extremely vibrant colors. This projector is any gamer’s dream come true. However, it does have quite a few issues holding it back from being perfect, like occasional lamp failure and a lack of a zoom ring.

Overall the GT1080 is a great pick for either home theaters, gaming or outdoor projector setups. 

Key Features:

  • 3,000 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 28,000:1
  • Resolution: 1920x1080p (Full HD)
  • Lamp Life: 8,000 hours
  • Short Throw Ratio of .49

PROS

  • Really bright
  • Better than average contrast ratio
  • Full HD visuals
  • Long enough lamp life
  • Compatible with almost everything
  • Enhanced Gaming Mode

CONS

  • Visual noise appears on darker tones
  • Early lamp failure
  • No zoom ring
  • Flickers after a few hours of use
  • Very weak audio

Gorgeous Gaming Graphics

The Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector is an overall terrific device. It produces some of the most gorgeous visuals for gaming compared to other projectors. It being a projector, it produces an image much, much bigger than any TV screen possibly can. Imagine playing video games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a movie theater-sized screen. That is basically what a gaming projector can allow you to do.

optoma gt1080 darbee actucal viewing

As a gamer myself, this is something I have always wanted to try. Not only is this projector great playing video games on a large screen, but it lets you enjoy especially great visual quality as you do so. It is also amazing for watching TV and movies, business presentations, and any other visual media you plan on using a projector for. This is a great option for a home theater projector

3,000 Lumens

This thing is really bright. The projector’s lamp uses 3,000 lumens. The more lumens a projector uses, the brighter it is. The average projector lamp uses between 1,000 lumens and 2,500 lumens. There may be a lot of other projectors out there that are much brighter than this one, but this one is still a lot brighter than the average.

Being this bright is helpful for a lot of reasons. For one, it helps you to see the screen clearly even when the room is not super dark. It is also better for your eyes. The brighter the projected image is, the less your eyes have to strain to see it.

Colors Really Stand Out

The contrast ratio of this projector is 28,000:1. This particular contrast ratio indicates that that the whitest whites seen on the projected image are 28,000 times brighter than the blackest blacks. Because of this, each of the colors pop a lot more and stand out from each other. This prevents colors from blending in with each other or appearing washed out. This contrast ratio is much better than what most other projectors offer, and it helps to create a beautiful picture quality to look at.

Full HD Visuals

optoma gt1080darbee game viewing

The projector has a resolution of 1920x1080p. This is considered to be Full HD. Full HD graphics always look incredible. This is why HD has become the standard for visual media devices such as video game consoles, DVD and blu-ray players, televisions, and projectors. HD graphics are what make your playthroughs of PlayStation 4 and XBox One look so realistic.

The fact that this projector is able to produce gorgeous HD visuals is incredible since it allows you to see those awesome images on a much larger screen than you otherwise would be able to. It adds a sense of realism and more enjoyment to anything you play or watch on this projector.

More HD projectors here

Great Lamp Life

The lamp life of this projector is 8,000 hours long. There are definitely many projectors out there that have lamps that can last a lot longer than this. They can sometimes even last up to 50,000 hours. However, these 8,000 hours certainly are not anything to scoff at.

Think about how long the lightbulb in one of the rooms in your house lasts. It is most likely nowhere near 8,000 hours, and yet you only have to change it maybe once or twice a year at most. Also think about how much time you actually spend watching movies and playing video games. 8,000 hours would take an awfully long time to get to. You probably will not have to replace the bulb for quite a long time.

Short Throw Ratio

The Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector has a very short throw ratio of .49. The throw ratio of a projector indicates how far you need to have the device set up away from the wall or screen you are projecting on to. A throw ratio that is this incredibly short means that you are able to set the projector up on a coffee table, desk, in the center of your living room ceiling no problem.

This short throw ratio allows you to set the device up fairly close to the wall or screen and still get a huge, gorgeous picture. This is absolutely perfect for those looking to use it for gaming in dorm rooms, bedrooms, or any other smaller space. Just be warned that if you do have the projector too far away from the wall or screen, it can cause the projected image to appear much blurrier than you would want.

If you want more check out our guide to the best short throw projectors

Compatible With Most Devices

This projector is also compatible with just about any other kind of device. You can use it with video game consoles, DVD and blu-ray players, TV sticks, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more. Even though this is a great gaming projector, it can be used for almost any function involving visual media.

Enhanced Gaming Mode

optoma gt1080 darbee gaming

One of the features that makes this projector so great for gaming is its Enhanced Gaming Mode. This Enhanced Gaming Mode enables best in class performance at 16ms. This mode helps with getting better frame rates and reducing lag to a minimum. Input lag and low frame rates can hurt any gaming experience and make or break an online match when you are about to win, so this mode is a saving grace.

Visual Noise

Even though this is a fantastic gaming projector, it does have its fair share of problems. Visual noise can often be seen on the darker tones on the projected image. In other words, a lot of blacks or dark colors on the screen can look staticky. This can certainly be annoying and even break immersion into your video games and movies. It can also make some important items hard to see when it happens.

Early Lamp Failure

Another problem that this projector can sometimes suffer from is early lamp failure. The lamp life of the projector is indeed 8,000 hours long. However, it does not always come close to reaching that length of time. This device has been known to have its bulb die out after 50 to 100 hours, causing you to have to replace it a lot sooner than you really should have to. This does not always happen, and when it does, replacing a bulb after 100 of use is really not the end of the world.

No Zoom Ring

A truly annoying issue this projector suffers from is the lack of a zoom ring. A zoom ring on a projector allows the user to adjust the size of the projected image just by simply turning a dial or knob around the lens of the device. It is there to make things easier. Most projectors tend to have them these days. Because this projector does not have a zoom ring on it, in order to adjust the size of the screen, you have to physically pick up the projector itself and move the whole thing. This can cumbersome, and almost impossible for some people depending on their living space.

Flickering Issue

This projector has a bad habit of flickering after a few hours of use. If you plan on having particularly long gaming sessions, they can be interrupted by annoying flickering. This can cause headaches and break your immersion into your video game or movie. If this happens, it is recommended to shut the device off until it cools before using it more.

Weak Audio

The Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector has especially weak audio for a projector. It does come with a built-in speaker, which is nice. However, it is so weak that it is difficult to hear anything out of it. This is awful when you are trying to hear your game’s audio. I can see it being a huge issue if you are trying to communicate with teammates in an online video game like Call of Duty. It is heavily recommended that you use some sort of external speaker for this projector.

Our Final Thoughts:

Ultimately, the Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector is a pretty decent projector for playing video games on. It is not the absolute best choice for a gaming projector, but it definitely gets the job done. It has gorgeous HD visuals and a helpful short throw ratio, allowing anyone to be able to play video games and appreciate the best out of modern gaming graphics. It does have some major issues, but some are easy fixes or just inconveniences more than anything. If you are willing to shell out around $800 for your gaming projector, this one would not be a waste.

Let us know what your opinions of the Optoma GT1080darbee Gaming Projector are in the comment section.

Acer H6510BD 3D Review

image of the Acer H6510BD

Up against the Optoma HD131 is the AcerH65510. I apologize for the annoying names, I’m not sure why projector companies pick the worst product names.

This is another great choice for gaming. A bit cheaper than the HD131 but definitely a solid choice. I personally wouldn’t purchase this one as I find some of the technical aspects are just a little lagging.

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Let’s take a look at them.

Not sure if it’s the processor or graphics card but this projector tend to occasionally lag. Not often, but it will lag. You can read about lots of reports of this. The color, while still at 1080p just doesn’t quite pop the way the Optoma projector does. That might be due to the constract ratios.

This unit is fully compatible with all forms of media and supports Blue Ray 3D, DLPD and Nvidia 3DTV.  It comes equipped with two controllers for multiple PC source input feature (HDMI and D-sub)

Constract ratio is 10000:1 which is 8000 below the Optoma and aspect ratio is 16:9. All in all the ACERH65 is a good choice, but if you’re a hardcore gamer you’ll definitely notice the difference.

Check out the entire gaming projector review here.