As someone who used a 39″ 4K Seiki TV as a computer monitor, I can attest to this approach as being a viable option. In this case this individual is using the $299 42″ Seiki SE42UGT TV:
The Sony XBR-65X930C is our favourite TV presently. It’s our hold-over TV that’s meant to last us a few years until OLED comes down in price and other 4K technologies and standards mature.
The most important features of the Sony X930C are:
- Supports the 4K HDR Standard.
- While it’s not OLED the picture quality is damn good.
- Not as expensive as other top models. It’s still an expensive set, but it’s within range of most TV enthusiasts.
- Our Sony A7r II looks great displayed on this set.
- 65-inch screen.
- Packed with technologies and features and makes the best of less than 4K signals.
- The built-in speaks are surprisingly decent.
If the $3,000 price is within your budget do give this TV a look.
AVForums summarizes their picks for best 4K televisions presented at CES 2016:
Xiaomi is one of the better Chinese TV produces and they have announced their 70-inch 4K TV for a price that converts to around $1500.
Their 60-inch TV was launched for under $800 recently too but we find the 70-inch version more interesting because at that size the benefit of 4K is more obvious.
The 70-inch model has a 120 Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, Android 5.1, 178 degree viewing angle, and about 85% of the NTSC color gamut. The brain unit is separate from the TV (but included).
This list was put together by Digital Trends. These are not budget TVs.
The main thing that concerns us about this TV is the VA panel which doesn’t have great off angle viewing angles.
We tend to neglect gaming on this site but it’s an important part of the push towards 4K. Next generation gaming consoles will likely be 4K capable.
Having seen 4K games first hand it’s a welcome improvement. We’re just not sure the refresh rate on 4K TV’s are there yet.
At $4,999 the LG 65EG9600 is not a cheap television. But it’s OLED and 4K and has other nice smart features.
Samsung’s SUHD line has been associated with premium pricing, but the new JS7000 line is priced lower at $1300 (50-inch), $1600 (55-inch), and $2,100 (60-inch). Given that these new sets still utilize quantum-dot technology and have full-array local dimming, we think they should do well. SUHD is not OLED nor is it priced like OLED.
This line remains based on the Tizen smart TV platform.
Netflix has created a list of TVs that they recommend. While 4K isn’t a necessary criteria, a lot of the TVs on the list do have 4K. Other factors that Netflix considers to be relevant is speed and ease of using the Netflix app.