The 5 Best TVs in 2018 under $1500
If you have a budget about $1500 or less, you can still have a lot options. There are a lot of TVs which sold less than $1500, from the small screen up to the bigger screen 75 inch. Nevertheless, this also depends on your intention, picture quality of the size of the screen. But ideally, with this budget, to get maximum performance, you should choose 55 inch TV. You may get the bigger screen, but of course, you must sacrifice the picture quality and performance. Below are some best TVs under $1500 that released in 2018 you can consider before you buy a TV. But keep in mind, since at the beginning year, the manufacturer start to replace the older model by a newer model, their price and availability usually fluctuate a lot.
This may be the best TV you can get with a budget about $1500. Its performance in almost any usage is great. The excellence that offered, it has impressive color gamut that can cover almost all of colors in DCI P3 that means it is great for HDR content. In 2018, its color gamut is even including the best. It also has strong native contrast ratio and can produce deep black that of course make its performance in a dark room is also great. Additionally, QN55Q7FN also can get very bright, makes its performance in a bright room is also excellent. In certain scene, it even can shown bright highlight in HDR content brighter than 1000 nits like the intended. Overall, Samsung Q7FN has excellent picture quality for its price range. But as is like other VA TV, its side viewing angle coverage is also poor. This means, if you want to get the best viewing, you must watch TV from the center and front of the screen.
In addition to excellent picture quality for its class, Samsung Q7FN also has excellent pixel response time, makes its performance when handling motion blur is also good. Additionally, it also already has an optional 60 Hz BFI mode that very effective to minimize the blur that caused by persistence. Samsung QN55Q7FN also has low input lags that make it is very responsive when used for playing any games. And combined to some features like FreeSync Variable Refresh rate and Auto Low latency, this makes it is as a great TV for playing games. Overall, Samsung QN55Q7FN is a great TV for any usage. No matter you use it for watching movies, in a dark room, watching sports, TV shows, HDR experience, or playing any games, its performance is very satisfying.
If you like the aesthetic of curved panel, there is Samsung QN55Q7CN that comes with curved panel. The excepting of the panel shape, technology and features offered by QN55Q7CN is almost similar to QN55Q7FN. This means, the excepting of that impacted by the difference between flat and curved panel, their performance is similar. As we know, the use of curved panel may not give a lot of benefit over flat panel while with the same performance, curved TV is usually sold hundreds dollar more expensive than flat TV. That’s why curved TV is less successful in the market than flat TV. But this is different. At this now, Samsung QN55Q7CN is sold about a hundred dollar cheaper than QN55Q7FN.
If you feel Samsung QN55Q7FN is too expensive for you, there is Sony XBR55X900F that sold hundred dollars cheaper. The strongest point that offered by Sony XBR55X900F is about its black level and peak brightness. Comes with Full Array Local Dimming Technology, it well perform to boost the contrast ratio and peak brightness. Black level and peak brightness produced is even a bit better than QN55Q7FN. Additionally, although not as wide as QN55Q7FN, this TV also can produce wide color gamut, makes it is able to produce colorful HDR images. In handling motion blur, XBR55X900F also has good pixel response time, makes fast moving images like sports or fast games displayed on its screen looks very smooth and clear with virtually no motion blur. But unlike QN55Q7FN that is able to flicker its backlight at 60 Hz, the lowest possible frequency of its BFI mode is120 Hz, so in minimizing blur that caused by 60 fps persistence, its performance is not as good as QN55Q7FN. Additionally, XBR55X900F may also have good input lags at 4K resolution, but a bit unfortunate, its input lag at 1080p resolution is too high. This means, it is only responsive when used for playing 4K games, while when used for playing 1080p games, it might be a bit disappointing, particularly for fast paced games. Overall, performance of Sony XBR55X900FN is good for any usage. But like QN55Q7FN, when the picture displayed on its screen is viewed from the side, it may be look less accurate.
A bit cheaper than Sony XBR55X900F, there is Samsung QN55Q6FN you can consider. It also has strong native contrast ratio, even a bit stronger than XBR55X900F and QN55Q7FN. Additionally, although not as wide as QN55Q7FN, its color gamut is even a bit wider than XBR55X900F. Samsung QN55Q6FN can also get bright even though not as bright as XBR55X900F and QN55Q7FN, particularly with HDR content. Overall, picture quality of QN55Q6FN is not much behind QN55Q7FN or XBR55X900F. In term of motion handling, QN55Q6FN also has good pixel response time and supports an optional 60 Hz Black Frame Insertion mode. Like QN55Q7FN, it also already supports FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate and Auto low Latency that makes you will feel more comfort when playing games. The input lags of QN55Q6FN in Game Mode are also excellent, no matter the resolution of the content, makes it is very responsive when used for playing any games, even for fast paced games that need fast reflexes. Overall, Samsung QN55Q6FN is also a great TV for its price.
If you want a TV with bigger screen size, there is TCL 65R617 that comes with 65 inch o screen size. Although its price can be said cheap, but picture quality and performance offered is not less superior to the TVs that sold hundreds dollar more expensive. It also has strong native contrast ratio. Additionally, it also good full array local dimming technology that is very effective to boost lack level and peak brightness produced. It even can produce a bit deeper black level and a bit brighter peak brightness than both QN55Q7FN and XBR55X900F. Additionally, although not as wide as XBR55X900F or QN55Q6FN, but TCL 65R617 also already supports wide color gamut, makes color of HDR images displayed on its screen looks fairly accurate. Overall, although not as good as all TVs above, picture quality produced by 65R617 is great for its price. But keep in mind, since it also uses VA panel, just like the other model above, the picture displayed on its screen also looks less accurate when viewed from the side.
TCL 65R617 also has good pixel response time. Additionally, it also already has an optional 60 Hz BFI mode. Combine both makes performance of 65R617 in handling motion blur is really great. When used for playing games, TCL 65R617 is also very responsive. Its input lags in game mode are fairly low, no matter the resolution of the source. And although not as attractive as the smart TV platform of all TVs above, 65R617 also comes with Roku TV as its smart TV platform.
All of TV above are the 5 best TV you can consider if your budget in buying TV is not more than $1500. Of course, their picture quality and performance is not as excellent as premium TV that sold hundreds dollar more expensive. But even so, for their price range, their picture quality and performance is good for any usage, no matter the light condition of a room where they are used. But keep in mind, all TVs above comes with VA panel, so if you need a TV with a good viewing angle, all of them may be not suitable for you and you should go to IPS TV like LG SK9000 or Sony X850F.