Best LCD TVs in 2020
What is LCD TV?
An LCD TV is known as a flat panel TV that utilizes precisely the same standard Liquid Crystal Display technologies that have been in use for some time in cell phones, camcorder viewfinders, and laptop monitors.
LCD TVs use cold cathode florescent lamps (CCFLs) for backlighting whereas LED TVs use light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are much smaller than CCFLs, so LED TVs tend to be much thinner and more energy efficient than LCD TVs.
Because of the popularity of the LCD TV in today’s society many people are interested in purchasing one for their viewing pleasure. They are however troubled by the amount that most of these systems cost.
Nevertheless, there are plenty affordable and cheap LCD Tv can you can purchase. Knowing where to find these and having the patience during your search will get you a long way in finding and purchasing the right one.
Buying Guide for LCD TVs in 2020
LCD tv’s work by shining a back-light on liquid laser dots. Quantum dots are much smaller and sharper and give a far better picture quality, colour resolution and motion clarity. However that comes along with a bigger price tag too. If you have a little extra to spend, it’s worth investing in quantum dot, Samsung’s better alternative to OLEG.
The truth is there isn’t so much 4k content, but the quality of the content is so much better and will become more and more prolific. Technology moves quickly, so it’s possible that within the next 5 years, all content will switch to 4k. Netflix and prime are currently converting their entire catalogues to 4K.Not to mention that overall the quality is generally better because 4K Tv’s use 4 times the size of pixels of HD LCDs.
Which, the consumer ratings guide, has rarely found a best buy TV under £400. If you’re spending £300, might as well pay £400 - £500 for a 4k which will give you 4x’s the quality. A top tip is to hold off on rushing for a new tv. TVs launch around April and May and usually drop in price until Black Friday sales, when you can snatch real bargains.Wait just a few months and prices will drop. You’re better off buying an £800 tv reduced to £600 than a £500 TV.
Let’s be honest. Most of what you watch is on Netflix. Amazon, NOW TV and other streaming services. Why not have them all available on your TV? Scroll through, browse and compare your watching options with ease. Some smart TVs even compile a recommended list for you, based on all your viewing platforms.
Added extras which make life sweeter, like voice control, Freeview or the ability to sync devices, are pretty cool and available even on smaller and cheaper TVs.
We’re halfway through May, which means most of 2020s TV’s have hit the market already. Which is the best LCD TV in 2020?
Top Rated LCD TVs
Sony XBR-X850G 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV (2019 Model) - XBR85X850G
- HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE: Uncover enhanced detail, brightness, and contrast with HDR and 4K UHD resolution
- CONTRAST REMASTERED: Objects are optimized to adjust overall contrast for natural, realistic imaging
- ULTIMATE REALISM: TRILUMINOS Display creates a broader spectrum of vibrant reds, greens, and blues
Samsung UN65RU7300FXZA Curved 65-Inch 4K UHD 7 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)
- 4K UHD PROCESSOR: Powerful 4K UHD processor optimizes your TV’s performance by upscaling every show, season, and scene with 4K picture quality
- ENHANCED DETAIL WITH HDR: 4K depth of detail with high dynamic range lets you see shades of color that reveal more detail than HDTV can deliver
Samsung 43" TU7000 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (UN43TU7000FXZC) [Canada Version]
- 4K Resolution - Incredible Detail
- Contrast Enhancer - The innovative picture technology analyzes images on the screen and adjusts the contrast for enhanced depth, colour and detailed pictures
- Game Enhancer - Get into the game faster. Game Enhancer optimizes your screen for more control and minimal lag so you can experience smoother gaming on your TV
Check out our top picks of 2020’s LCD TV’s
Let’s talk about Samsung's greatest creation, the best Samsung LCD TV. Last year, Samsung was well ahead of the pack but had a few issues with viewing angels and blacks. This year’s Samsung LCD TV knocked it out of the park. They have the best smart platform and full Bixby support with viewing angles that rival an OLED.
The Samsung Q90 QLED has superb dimming without losing shadows and depth, featuring gloriously wide angles with HDR quality that beats any OLED out there.
This is because unlike their competitors, Samsung have been working on LCD and trying to develop micro-LCD. Whilst they haven't gotten there quite yet, they’ve still achieved Quantum dot technology. The Q in QLED enables the Q90 to show even more colours. It’s aided by VA panels, and direct LED back lights.
The Samsung Q90 QLED is well built, featuring a minimalist design for maximum viewing with just one cable, nicely hidden.
Samsung’s Q90 QLED comes with built in smart platforms to support Netflix, NOWTV, YouTube, all uk streaming services and Amazon. They’re even working on an iTunes app which might come out as an automatic upgrade later this year or early 2021.
This brainy tv has an AI for your every whim, creating a personalized recommendation list across all your content platforms utilizing all your viewing history. You can activate and interact with it easily using the mic button on the remote. The Samsung Q90 LED will also work with Alexa, google home assistant or even siri so most smart assistants will jam with your tv.
One of the Samsung Q90 LED’s greatest features is HDR10+ which automatically enhances whatever content you’re viewing even if the quality of content ain't so great.
Moving on to the second best LCD TV to buy in 2020, we come to the LG C9 OLED. It’s not as bright as an LCD but the quality of the deep black is utterly gorgeous and it is capable of bright colors sometimes especially with 4K content. When the colors shine through, they really shine, because of those brilliant blacks.
The LG C9 OLEG has an alpha9 processor but skips the pricey cosmetics of the other models further up the price range. This makes the LG C9 OLEG, the best value for money OLEG of 2020.
The LG C9 OLEG is definitely the most feature packed. It’s AI enhances everything from picture to sound to smart platforms. It comes with Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Now TV, Rakuten, and all the UK TV catch-up services. Google home assistant is built in, on the mic.
The LG C9 OLEG comes with four HDMI inputs, three USB ports, a terrestrial and satellite tuner, a LAN port, a CI slot, an optical digital output and a headphone jack, built-in WiFi Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. Whew! If that wasn’t enough for you, their AI puts together a fantastic list for your pleasure. The longer you own it, the more it leans about you and the recommendations comprise all your viewing habits across all platforms - and what you like to watch at certain times of the day! Scarily brilliant.
The LG C9 OLEG is built to allow you to control all of your smart home features, it’s gearing up for the future. Its wider base with led back lights means it can pack in 4 speakers and 60 watt amp for great sound.
The colors on the LG C9 OLEG are beautiful, seem natural and saturate perfectly. The AI uses a ton of data to not just enhance, but enhance smart, reducing excess sound and providing great picture quality. One touch sound tuning optimizes the sound for the room your TV is in.
When Samsung unveiled its Quantum dot tech, it looked like everyone could go home - enter the Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1). A true rival to Samsung with it’s own Quantum dot technology and 2,000 nots peak brightness and best of all, it’s affordable, half the price of a Samsung.
Before we get into the delights of the Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1), you should know, the ports make the wiring a little messy if it isn’t wall mounted.
Moving on, the Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1) comes with the standard apps, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Vudu but doesn’t come with voice search which is slightly annoying as most of its competitors do.
Whilst it’s smart platform leaves a lot to be desired, it’s ScreenCast is great, picking up on whatever you're streaming on your smartphone and playing it in glorious quality on the big screen.
The Vizio P-Series Quantum really starts to shine with the sweet quality of it’s visuals. A true rival to Samsung with impressive Quantum dot colours, it’s blacks may not be as good, but motion sense provides supreme views with its Clear Action 960, providing a 240Hz effective refresh rate.
Maintaining a fantastic and natural viewing experience with either fast-paced or dialogue scenes. The bright backlights and 192 dimming zones almost eliminate the drawback of not having HDR10+.
The plug in options are wild, 4 HDCP2.2/HDMI 2.0 ports for handling 4K resolution complete with HDR support. The fifth port is HDCP2.2/HDMI v1.4 working as low-latency 1080p which increases response times in gaming.
Overall a beautiful, affordable TV, making the Vizio P-Series Quantum our third and final pick for the best LCD TV of 2020.
The LG OLED 65GX is a mouthful to say and only available to wall mount. However it’s affordable, the picture quality is superb, with great blacks, decent resolution and full colour. Don’t let the lack of visible speakers scare you, the sound quality is up there with 2020s most expensive TVs.
It is a smart TV, although at present it doesn’t have the UK catch up streaming services like BBC and ITV, but they have promised to try and provide them soon.
With the best sound of any TV on this list, the TX 55G is another mouthful that packs a punch. It’s easily the best OLED TV on the market. So why is our last pick for TVs to buy in 2020? It’s so darned pricey. Yes, it’s the best OLED but it only just takes that accolade, is the step up in quality worth the step up in price?