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TV reviews

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Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated nearly 200 current TV models at our on-site TV testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended TV models based on price, performance, and features. You can also subscribe to our TV Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the 11 tested review criteria that make up our TV reviews: display type, screen size, HD picture quality, 3D performance, viewing angle, motion blur, sound quality, first-time setup, everyday use, versatility, energy cost per year. We provide information on many TV brands, including Samsung, Panasonic, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Sony, Sharp, Emerson, Philips, Vizio, and many others. Our TV review pages also include a TV selector, where you can input brand, size, and price to narrow down the right TV for your needs.

After reading the reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. You can also check out our reliability Ratings for TV brands, which are based on the experiences of thousands of actual users. If you prefer visual information, check out our video buying guide.

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Samsung UN55JU6700

Type: LCD, LED, & OLED TVs
Summary: A 55-inch LCD Ultra HD with LED backlighting from Samsung with 2160p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, 4 HDMI inputs, and 1 component-video input. Other screen sizes in this model line include: (65"), (48"), (40")
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TCL 32S3800

Type: LCD, LED, & OLED TVs
Summary: A 32-inch LCD HDTV with LED backlighting from TCL with 720p resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, 3 HDMI inputs, and no component-video input. Other screen sizes in this model line include: None
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Vizio P502ui-B1E

Type: LCD, LED, & OLED TVs
Summary: A 50-inch LCD Ultra HD with LED backlighting from Vizio with 3840x2160 resolution, 5 HDMI inputs, and 1 component-video input. Other screen sizes in this model line include: None
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Samsung UN50JU7100

Type: LCD, LED, & OLED TVs
Summary: A 50-inch 3D-capable LCD Ultra HD with LED backlighting from Samsung with 2160p resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, 4 HDMI inputs, and 1 component-video input. Other screen sizes in this model line include: (85"), (75"), (65"), (60"), (55"), (40")
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Panasonic Viera TC-55CX650U

Type: LCD, LED, & OLED TVs
Summary: A 55-inch LCD Ultra HD with LED backlighting from Panasonic with 2160p resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, 3 HDMI inputs, and 1 component-video input. Other screen sizes in this model line include:
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What's behind our TV Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 154 models in TVs to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based on HD picture quality, sound quality, 3D performance (when feature is present), viewing angle, motion blur performance, ease of use, versatility, and power consumption. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • TV resolution type
    Denotes whether the TV is an Ultra HD with 3840x2160 display resolution, or an HDTV with typically 1920x1080, or 1366x768 display resolution.
  • Display type (Backlight)
    Display technology type, and TV resolution format. Display technology types include LCD ( with LED backlight, or CCFL -- when LED is not listed), Plasma, or OLED. TV resolution formats include HDTV, and Ultra HD.
  • Screen size
    The size of the television's screen, measured diagonally in inches.
  • HD picture quality
    Based on objective tests and subjective evaluations by expert testers after TV is adjusted using standard picture controls to achieve the highest-fidelity image possible. Tested image attributes include detail, color accuracy, and contrast, using signals from a Blu-ray player, cable box, and professional broadcast equipment and meters. All signals are routed through an HDMI input.
  • Ultra HD performance
    The Ultra HD performance rating represents a composite of observations relating to this TV's ability to reproduce full UHD image detail when presented with 4K content, how well it upconverts HD source material to the TV's higher native UHD resolution, and whether it is capable of playing 4K UHD content via its HDMI input, streaming from the Internet, or stored on a USB flash drive.
  • 3D performance
    Evaluation of the TV's ability to reproduce realistic 3D images. For effective 3D, images should be bright and maintain full resolution, remain free of ghosting (also known as crosstalk, or when double images are visible even when wearing 3D glasses), and be free of any viewing angle issues specific to the 3D mode.
  • Viewing angle
    Evaluation of picture quality for clarity and color accuracy at various horizontal and vertical viewing angles, typically a challenge for LCD TVs. Excellent = Unlimited, Very Good = Wide, Good = Moderate, Fair = Narrow, and Poor = Very Narrow
  • Motion blur
    Evaluation of how well the display can present a blur-free image during motion scenes. TVs with a 120Hz, or 240Hz frame rate feature generally perform better than TVs with a 60Hz frame rate. However, if the blur reduction feature also invokes a "smooth motion" effect, the feature will be turned off for our test.
  • Sound quality
    Measured from the set's built-in speakers using audio test equipment, with additional subjective testing by a listening panel. In our judgments we listen for overall clarity of sound, depth of bass, effective volume level, and audible distortion, for dialogue, music, and movie soundtrack content.
  • First time setup
    How easy it is to setup the product out of the box.
  • Everyday use
    How easy it is to use on a daily or regular basis.
  • Versatility
    Indicates features that increase a TV's utility or capabilities. These include 3D capability, access to the Internet (streaming services and/or Web browsing), number of HD and USB inputs, support for various media, and other useful features.
  • Energy cost/yr.
    Estimated cost per year in dollars, calculated for 5 hours a day turned on and 19 hours in the off (standby) mode, based on the current year's national average electricity rate. Your usage and local rates will affect your costs. Note that the energy scores are for a TV optimized for the best picture quality, not using any energy-saving technology included in the set.

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