Each TV we review is put through the same set of tests to measure picture and audio performance, usability, and smart features.
The tests are carried out for several days, updates are added to the review after any firmware update that brings new features. The exact process is broken down.
Our testing environment
We use a combination of Bespoke testing and real-world environments to test TVs, connecting 4K Blu-ray players, streaming players, game consoles and set-top boxes, as well as other external devices (soundbars) Feed the material to it through the medium. , Surround system) to gain a perspective on how they work.
Our screen tests are performed by eye but supported with technical measurements.
The eye-test involves an expert looking at a wide range of materials. We also – where possible and relevant – compare similarly to competitors with similar prices. This allows us to find a clear difference in performance.
Shine Testing is done under different conditions – during the day and at night; With lights on and off. This is to test the original brightness output of a screen, to see if it suffices with real-life situations, as well as to check if anti-reflection filters are installed, and how effective they are.
Resolution: Pictures should be crisp and well defined, but not overly sharp. We pay attention to the sharpness of the image at various resolutions, to test the TV’s original and advanced detail handling.
colour’s Must be lively but true to life, and for this we pay special attention to nature scenes – grass and sea in nature’s documentaries – and skin colors. We also pay attention to the subtlety of the cinematography, especially in the tricky figure.
Contrast level There are differences between the brightest highlights and the deepest shadows. We pay attention to how deep blacks go, and whether they are brown or crush details. We look at the brightest areas to see if the details are bleached.
Uniform There is another issue, as TVs are lit in different ways. We pay attention to light pollution, such as light bleed and halo effect. We look from different angles to find the weak areas of the display.
Motion handling All motion processing is stopped by looking at the amount of judge and motion blur, and then turned on at different intensities with it. This is to see how a display basically handles fast and slow moving images, and how effective corrective processing is.
Video content: SD and HD broadcast signals, mixed DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray, as well as video streams at various resolutions in standard dynamic range and HDR on Netflix, Amazon Video, Now, Disney + and Apple TV +.
Technical testing equipment
We use the following video players in our tests: Panasonic DP-UB820EB 4K Blu-ray Player, Amazon Fire TV Cube, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4K.
Brightness and color measurement are measured with the X-Rite i1 display PRO Plus, a professional color calibrator.
These are just for reference – we first decide by eye whether the TV is bright enough in various lighting conditions, and we manually play games to realize if latency is an issue.
How the TV performs is as important as what’s inside, because it decides what the TV should do.
We study the specs and test the TV’s socket to see if it is with similarly priced rivals. For example, does it have the same number of HDMI ports, and are those ports capable of transmitting the same amount of data? We play videos through various sockets to ensure that they are running correctly.
There is also the issue of format compatibility. If a producer claims to be compatible with a particular video format, we will investigate it. If they promise that an update is coming, we will check it as well. We also pay attention to whether the relevant formats of a product conform to the trends. If the industry is adopting a particular standard and no product supports it, then we will look into it.
Nowadays most TVs come with operating interfaces. The first way to assess these is to see which apps / streaming services are included, and check if there are any plans to release the missing apps in the near future. We also check if these apps are 4K and HDR compatible.
In addition, we check the software performance of the TV by manually hopping between apps, settings, and channels. This is usually enough to cause slower TVs to stutter, whereas faster TVs are more responsive.
We place great emphasis on accessories such as remote control TV. This is important because it is what you interact with every time you use TV. Some TVs ship with multiple remote controls, some have a unit with additional features, while others are simple things with premium build quality. These are not scored individually but contribute to the overall usefulness of TV.
Scoring and decision
After all tests are completed, we score the TV using the criteria outlined in the criteria outlined here. We first check to see if the TV’s performance matches the manufacturer’s claims, and that all features work as expected and advertised.
We see how it compares to other similar products, if it does not have a significant feature and whether it affects overall.
# Price is also a consideration during scoring. If a competing product offers the same features or performance for less money it will affect the score. Equally, if an instrument is only slightly more expensive, but performs significantly better, we will score accordingly.
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