Samsung TV vs Sony TV vs LG TV vs Hisense TV vs TCL TV, 2023 Pros and Cons



What are the Pros and Cons of Samsung, Sony, LG, Hisense, and TCL TV?​

Different TV brands have different positions, but many people only consider the price and brand when buying a TV. Actually, the model, technology, function, and picture quality are also very important factors. In this article, we summarize the features, pros, and cons of Samsung TV, Sony TV, LG TV, Hisense TV, and TCL TV.

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What are Samsung TV Pros and Cons?​

Samsung TV Pros​

1. Perfect features

Samsung's strengths are very prominent. First of all, Samsung TVs do not have some inherent problems of Android TVs in 4K/120Hz, VRR, and other functions. Samsung TVs are perfect, and even last year's models already have four HDMI 2.1 ports. With the same MediaTek chip, Samsung TV is better, and many problems have been solved early. Of course, there is no boot advertisement is also a bright spot.

2. Good Picture Quality, software, and hardware

Samsung has its own image quality chip with high image quality optimization capabilities and more complete basic functions. Therefore, for some users with high functional requirements, Samsung TV is reassuring. In addition, Samsung's own software and hardware development capabilities are strong. Check the hot TV Samsung QLED Q80B Series if you are going to look for a new one.

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Samsung TV Cons​

1. Not Cost-effectiveness

Samsung is a well-known TV manufacturer in the world, but its shortcomings are very obvious. First of all, the cost performance of Samsung TV is indeed not high. Samsung's high-end TVs, especially Mini LED TVs, are expensive, and there are few price cuts. Although the price of mid-to-low-end TV looks good, it has no price advantage compared with other products of the same class. Therefore, many users skip it directly when they see Samsung's price.

2. Without Dolby Vision

Secondly, Samsung insists on the HDR10+ format and does not support Dolby Vision, which makes it lose the support of some players in the high-end market. Now, games, Blu-ray original discs, streaming media, etc., support Dolby Vision much more than HDR10+. But Samsung insists on HDR10+, which will definitely lose some users. In addition, Samsung has always been too "personalized" in the color matching part. The color of its high-end TV is always blue, which is easy to cause a loss of details.

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3. Tizen OS

Finally, although Samsung's Tizen system has a good interface and complete functions, it does not support installing third-party apps. However, Samsung is also aware of this problem and has started to be compatible with Android software in the new Tizen system, which has greatly increased the number of TV software. Perhaps it will make some users consider choosing Samsung TV. In addition, Samsung's TVs have been difficult to change regions since last year. In a way, it also reduces the playability of Samsung TVs.

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In general, if the mid-to-high-end prices are more affordable and Samsung is less stubborn about HDR10+, perhaps the sales of Samsung TVs will be much better.

What are Sony TV Pros and Cons?​

Sony TV Pros​

1. Picture Technology

The biggest advantage of Sony TV is its strong technology, and the part of picture quality optimization is the top in the world. All major TV brands like to compare their image quality with Sony, which shows that Sony has a high standard of image quality. In addition, there is no startup advertisement, the machine configuration is high (usually the mid-to-high end has 4GB memory), and the system is smooth.

2. TV Chip

Sony has a separate image-quality chip and engine. If you want to buy a TV for picture quality, Sony is the first choice. Although Sony's picture will be slightly reddish in many cases, basically no adjustments are needed to obtain a very good visual experience. Moreover, Sony's mid-to-high-end TV chips are usually relatively high-end.

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Sony TV Cons​

1. Ugly System UI

Sony's system UI is ugly and complicated when compared to LG and Samsung. As for the price, the price of Sony TVs is on the high side, but some TVs are really cost-effective after discounts after the season. Moreover, the appeal of the Sony brand makes most people think that the current price of Sony is not outrageous, especially for mid-to-high-end models.

2. Quality Control

Another relatively common problem with Sony TVs is quality control. It's common to see a Sony TV panel with a few issues here and a few issues there. This is because Sony does not have its own TV panels, the ADS of LCD TV is from AUO or BOE. So, for certain models, we'll see that there might be some issues with one batch and there might be no issues with another batch. Of course, this kind of problem can occur on virtually every brand of TV.

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What are LG TVs Pros and Cons?​

LG TV Pros​

1. Leading position in technology

One of the biggest advantages of LG TV is that it has always maintained a leading position in technology, especially various picture-quality technologies and functions. Although LG, like Sony, does not support HDR10+, LG's support for Dolby Vision is currently the best in the world, and LG's latest OLED panels will be used on its own OLED TVs.

2. Picture α9 chip
LG has its own picture-quality chip. The α9 chip not only undertakes the task of image quality calculation but even helps the MediaTek chip share a lot of calculation responsibilities. Therefore, some functions cannot be realized by other manufacturers with high-quality chips, but LG TVs can. For example, the new function of Dolby Vision’s precise details was only realized by LG’s α9 chip TV last year.

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3. Full HDMI 2.1 Ports

LG TV has implemented four HDMI 2.1 interfaces very early. Compared with the MediaTek chip used in Android TV, it can only realize two HDMI 2.1 interfaces at most, and there are various problems. LG has never had a problem with MediaTek HDMI 2.1, which is actually more secure for video gamers than buying an Android TV. Even today, we believe that LG's C-series and above OLED TVs are the most suitable products for gamers. Image quality optimization part, the function is the most perfect in similar products.
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LG TV Cons​

1. High Price, Average LCD TV
In addition to the high price, LG's biggest shortcoming is that apart from OLED TV, other LCD products are not very good. LG doesn't seem to be paying enough attention when it comes to TVs other than OLED TVs. LG nano IPS panel TVs are expensive, and lower-end TV features and picture quality cannot be compared with OLED.

2. WebOS system
In addition, LG's WebOS system is simple, but there are many restrictions. On the one hand, LG's WebOS is beautiful and streamlined enough, and does not require high system performance. Therefore, LG's TV memory and storage space do not have any advantages, but the fluency is good. However, LG's Web OS does not support much software, and it does not allow third-party software to be installed like Android.

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What are Hisense TV Pros and Cons?​

Hisense TV Pros​

1. Outstanding technology
The advantage of Hisense lies in its outstanding technical advantages, and its own image quality chip, and after acquiring Toshiba, it has absorbed a lot of Toshiba's technology.

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2. Cost-effective LCD TV
In addition, Hisense has been cultivating LCD TVs for many years, so Hisense has done a good job with LCD TV specifications. For Hisense and Sony TVs at the same price, you will find that at least the specifications of Hisense will be far ahead. Moreover, Hisense's TV audio effects are relatively prominent overall, especially on mid-to-high-end TVs, Hisense's TV sound effects are stronger than other brands.

3. Good System
In the system part, Hisense has done better than many brands, especially the separate game mode is really very convenient, although not every model has it. Among similar models, Hisense's peak brightness and full-screen brightness are among the best. In addition, some technologies, such as reflective coating and light control performance, are also better than other manufacturers. In addition, although Hisense's high-end TVs are not cheap, they are more cost-effective than Sony and Samsung.

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Hisense TV Cons​

1. Low Contrast Ratio
Hisense TVs also have significant drawbacks. Because some TVs use BOE's ADS panel, the native contrast ratio is low. In the absence of an OLED product line, the black level and light control are definitely not as good as OLED TVs, but there are also some global versions of Hisense TVs that use AUO's VA panels. In addition, some Hisense high-end TV chips use MediaTek's MT9652 or MT9950, with only one HDMI 2.1 or two HDMI 2.1. Hisense TV is also a shortcoming, and the system CEC is very general.

2. Confusing Promotion

Another problem with Hisense is that it uses information asymmetry to carry out some publicity that is likely to confuse users. For example, the 240Hz TV recently promoted by Hisense. Neither said that it is not a native 240Hz 4K TV, nor that the price of achieving a 240Hz refresh rate is to sacrifice image quality. Whether it is DLS or HSR technology to achieve a higher refresh rate, this kind of propaganda is not reason enough for users.

What are TCL TV Pros and Cons?​

TCL TV Pros​

The main competitors of TCL and Hisense are in terms of product sales, functions, and performance. As the first brand to produce Mini LED TVs, TCL does have many advantages, and it also has some advantages over other manufacturers.

1. VA Panels, High Contrast
One of TCL's strengths is its Huaxing Optoelectronics panel factory. Moreover, China Star Optoelectronics mainly uses VA panels, so TCL TVs always have high contrast regardless of the specifications, and they are always more comfortable than IPS or ADS panel TVs in certain scenes.

2. Good Mini LED TVs
Moreover, as the first manufacturer to produce Mini LED TVs, TCL still has some technology accumulation in this TV field, such as solving the halo problem better than other manufacturers, and there is no boot advertisement.

3. Affordable Price
TCL TV also has an advantage in the price section. TCL's similar products are cheaper than other head manufacturers, and TCL's high-end and high-end models are complete, which can cover people and markets with various needs. In addition, TCL's TVs have done a good job in mid-to-high-end specifications. Often, the specifications of mid-range models are similar to those of other brands' high-end models, such as the backlight partition and brightness of Mini LED TVs.

Good after-sales service
In addition, TCL TV's after-sales service is good. Whether it is the after-sales service of the headquarters or regional divisions, we attach great importance to the after-sales service of products.

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TCL TV Cons​

The disadvantage of TCL is mainly the lack of technical capabilities. Other head manufacturers have their own image quality chips or image quality engines, and TCL only has MediaTek's AIPQ. The same is true for this year's TV, which has a clear gap with other head manufacturers in terms of picture quality optimization.

As for the system, TCL has high configuration and smooth use, but the basic functions are average. For example, although the CEC function is available, the experience is average. In addition, TCL TVs frequently undergo major changes in functionality. For example, some models support functions in the original system, but the update does not support them. It's weird.

In addition, even with its own China Star Optoelectronics panel, TCL TVs will have different problems with different panels. TCL also has the problem of exaggerating the 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. Through HSR or DLG technology, it advertises the native 60Hz or 120Hz as 120Hz and 240Hz.

Samsung TV vs Sony TV vs LG TV vs Hisense TV vs TCL TV: How to choose?​

Although each brand has its own advantages and disadvantages, Samsung, Sony, LG, Hisense, and TCL TVs are worthy of our trust. If you are buying a high-end TV, we may recommend OLED TVs from Sony and LG. As for the LCD TV part, Sony is still doing relatively well. TCL and Hisense also have some styles to choose from. As for Mini LED TVs, Samsung’s prices are too high and Sony’s specifications are weak. Relatively speaking, TCL and Hisense may be better.
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