Tuesday, January 26

What are the best 55 inch 4K HDR TVs in 2020?

The 55-inch category remains the most popular choice for televisions. Here is our pick of the best 55 inch 4K HDR TVs at all prices.

The best 55-inch 4K HDR TVs at a glance

Affordable HDR

8 /10

  • Sufficient brightness for HDR
  • Good calibration
  • Excellent value

55 inches is now considered the standard size for televisions in 2020. This diagonal was the one that experienced the most growth in France in 2019 and manufacturers have understood this with a simply bloated offer.

Economies of scale oblige it is also there that we find the best deals, with sometimes paradoxical situations. A 55-inch Oled LG CX screen is often sold for less than its 48-inch version.

For this selection we have focused on the 55-inch HDR compatible models. We have also paid special attention to this last point. Because if many televisions claim to be compatible, few are really capable of producing the peak of light necessary to really exploit this content.

This is particularly true on the entry level and this is why the cheapest TV in this selection still costs 750 euros.

So here we have chosen the best 55 inch 4K HDR TVs whatever your budget.

If you’re looking for an overview of the market, we recommend you take a look at our guide to the best 4K TVs.

Economic selection

If there are technically HDR compatible TVs around 500 euros, none of them are really usable in this mode. To enjoy your films and series in this format, it would therefore be better to orient yourself on a model like the Hisense 55U7QF, the 55-inch version of the 65U7QF that we have already tested.

We therefore find the same qualities as on its big brother, namely very good colorimetry in SDR, which remains quite acceptable in HDR.

Its afterglow will limit its usefulness for players and the operating system is a bit spartan, but proves to be extremely fluid. If it requires putting your hands a little in the menus to get the most out of it, this TV stands out as a very good deal for those who want to enjoy HDR without draining their PEL.

The good quality / price ratio

Released in 2019 and now available under the 1200 euros mark, the Philips 55OLED804 still has nice leftovers! Its LG panel is very well calibrated and will reproduce HDR10 + and Dolby Vision content without worry.

Philips requires, we find the Ambilight system on the back of the device. We love it or hate it, but it’s impossible to deny that these RGB LEDs greatly improve the general immersion. Rarely, the built-in speakers are surprisingly decent. They won’t replace a sound bar or home theater system, but they are more than enough for everyday use.

If it lacks some refinements of 2020 televisions such as HDMI 2.1, this TV remains a very good deal for those looking for a good Oled screen without breaking the bank. Find our full review of the Philips 55OLED804.

The best TV for gaming

If gaming is your priority, head to the Samsung QE55Q70T. This model is indeed HDMI 2.1 compatible, which makes it a good companion for a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. For PC gamers, Freesync is also part of the game.

If it remains a notch below the OLED, the display quality of the QLED panel is more than correct. The colors are correct in both SDR and HDR and above all the peak brightness is high enough to properly enjoy this type of content. Too bad, however, that only HDR10 + is supported.

On the software side, we find the Tizen operating system which for us is on par with Google TV in terms of interface and available services. For 1100 euros we therefore have a good solid mid-range television set without major weakness.

Note that its silver variant named QE55Q75T is easier to find in stores.

The premium selection

Main manufacturer of OLED panels on the market (it supplies Philips and Panasonic, for example) LG is logically the major player in this technology. The LG 55CX is a perfect illustration of this, establishing itself as the new benchmark for OLED screens. It’s simple: he’s good at everything.

The rendering is thus almost perfect for movies and its Alpha 9 processor does an amazing job of scaling on non-4K content. The sound also doesn’t have to be ashamed, with self-calibrating speakers that do an excellent job considering how thin the device is.

But where the CX really shines is when you start playing. Not only do we find the very good responsiveness of the Oled, but LG has integrated a low latency mode that does not degrade the colors. The players next gen they will be able to take advantage of all the functions of their new consoles thanks to HDMI 2.1. The icing on the cake if you are one of the aesthetes who connect their PC to the TV: Gsync (at Nvidia) and Freesync Premium (at AMD) are also supported.

LG is therefore almost faultless here and delivers us a television set as we would like to see more often. To find out more, you can read our review of the LG CX in 65-inch version.

While the LG CX is the most balanced high-end model, it is not necessarily the most efficient. This crown goes to the Panasonic TX-55GZ2000. Also using an Oled panel, it is indeed above all designed for maximum image quality in movies. This results above all in a record brightness for this type of panel, with a peak almost 30% higher than LG’s flagship. Coupled with the infinite contrast of OLED this is the best way to enjoy HDR to date.

The calibration is in the same tone, namely perfect right out of the box. We will also welcome the very effective anti-reflective treatment, a point sometimes problematic on OLED TVs. On the game side, Panasonic, on the other hand, is doing a little worse than LG, the fault of a input lag a little high and the lack of HDMI 2.1 connection for the new consoles.

Finally, the integrated OS is not up to Google TV or Tizen, many French services are missing in particular. There is also its price: it is twice as expensive as the LG 55CX. The price of excellence …

For the test we send you back with our colleagues at Numerama.


Why choose a 55 inch TV?

55 inches (139 centimeters) is the most common size currently for TVs in 2020. It is a size particularly suitable for 4K UHD definition. More prosaically, it is a size that can fit without too much trouble into most interiors.

When choosing the size of your television, a tip that usually works very well is the “4.5 centimeters per inch ruler“. This indicates the minimum distance between you and the TV. For example on a 55 inch TV (4K), you have to be about 2.47 meters away from the screen.

If you are within 2.47 meters, you may quickly tire your eyes and lose your ability to dive. At 2.47 meters, it’s the perfect immersion distance in all the action of movies and video games. Finally, this is only an approximation and ideally each user should determine how far away they feel most comfortable.

How did we make our selection?

Most 55 inch TVs available on the market support definition 4K UHD, le HDR and they haveModern OS. So, unless you’re looking for an old model or a very, very cheap one, you should find at least one of these features (and usually all three).

Beyond the labels and standards, our choice fell on TVs which do not have major problems: problem of brightness, bad viewing angles, very average finishes… Let go on a HiSense TV at 750 euros or the Panasonic at 3,200 euros, you will not be disappointed. For the higher prices, we also paid attention to the few options of the future, such as HDMI 2.1 and eArc support, which will satisfy the most demanding of you.

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