There was a time not too many years ago when you could “brag” about your 42-inch monster TV. Those days indeed are long gone. In fact, even 55-inch TVs, which we will discuss here, are now considered a middling in terms of modern TV sizes.
To lead things off, let’s take a gander at LG’s 55-inch C9 OLED TV. If you had to pick one at this size or even in the 75-inch range, the C9 stands the tallest among the competition.
Priced at $1,500 and featuring one of the top OLED panels around, it delivers nearly perfect black levels, precise colors, wide viewing angles and outstanding uniformity. Don’t forget about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant that are built right in and the highly popular HDMI ports with 2.1 that are quickly becoming a must-have for gamers.
The best overall value for your hard-earned money would have to go to the 55-inch TCL Series-6. It certainly doesn’t boast the deep blacks or the color accuracy and range of the LG OLED, but it is not that far off.
And at $550, nearly a third off LG’s TV, you really can’t go wrong with the type of picture you’re getting. What really separates the TCL from the competition is the Roku smart TV operating system, which has all of today’s top streaming services. The intuitive features and ease of use are off the charts.
No list would be complete without the 55-inch Samsung Q70 Series. The price for this solid product has been slashed in recent months, and now can be had for only $850. At that price point, it really is a steal considering it boasts QLED tech and a refresh rate of 120 hertz, which will pleasantly surprise any hardcore gamer out there.
Samsung’s offering has outstanding overall image quality, accurate colors and fast video processing. The deep blacks do fall short of OLEDs but are still indeed something to behold. To easily connect all of your video players and streaming devices, there are four HDMI and two USB ports.
Finally, not veering far from the $800 range, the 55-inch Vizio 4K UHD Quantum SmartCast is also a great value buy, as it utilizes QLED tech to produce eye-popping HDR images and it also flaunts heavy-duty video processing. Aside from the TCL 6-Series, you are indeed getting high-end picture for so little cash. Vizio’s TV may fall a bit short compared to the competition regarding HDR brightness and overall black levels, but it still works as a wonderful option for any movie night.
The 55-inch TV may no longer be the centerpiece of a living room, but it still has a place in bedrooms, dens and elsewhere. And there are certain TVs, like the ones we just looked at, that can really upgrade your overall viewing experience. The choice is now yours.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV.