The best TV we’ve tested with an LED panel is the Samsung Q80/Q80T. It’s a premium 4k TV from 2020 that you can still easily find in 2021. It offers impressive overall performance, and unlike OLEDs, it doesn’t suffer from potential burn-in. This means that you can easily leave your favorite news channel on all day without worrying about damaging the screen. It’s a well-built model with a sleek design that should fit nicely into any setup.
It performs equally as well in both bright and dark rooms. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has remarkable reflection handling, so you can even place it in a room with a lot of windows. It has a great contrast ratio, but it’s lower than most VA panel TVs because of Samsung’s ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ layer, which improves the viewing angles at the cost of contrast. However, it has a decent local dimming feature that helps to improve the picture quality in dark scenes even more.
Even though it provides a good cinematic HDR experience, those looking to use it for HDR gaming may be a bit disappointed. Its local dimming and HDR brightness in ‘Game Mode’ are both worse than in the ‘Movie’ picture mode, so highlights may not pop how they should. However, it still has other gaming features like VRR support and a quick response time. Note that the 49 and 50 inch sizes don’t support VRR and don’t have the ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ technology, so we expect them to perform differently. All in all, if you’re getting one of the larger models, it’s one of the best TVs we’ve tested.