The Best TVs of CES 2019

This was a huge year for TVs at CES. In some cases, literally. Some years we see just incremental improvements on existing technology or a bunch of buzzwords that leave us cold when the rubber hits the road. But this year, we saw some real innovation and some big leaps forward. TV makers are pushing the edge of the envelope like never before. Here’s our list of the best TVs at CES.

Let’s start with the most intriguing: LG’s roll-up OLED TV is every bit as magical as you’ve imagined. LG’s 65-inch 4K OLED Type R. The R stands for roll-up or, as we like to call it, Roll-ed. The TV emerges from a long rectangular box like a phoenix from the ashes, and when you’re done watching, it rolls right back down, out of sight. It can also be minimized into what LG calls “line view” to deliver different kinds of content. There’s an integrated speaker system but LG is supporting WiSA this year, which means wireless surround sound is now possible in a whole new way. We found this TV to be so remarkable, we gave it our coveted best Tech of CES award.

We move on to the biggest TV here: Samsung’s 219-inch “The Wall.” It’s a Micro LED TV, which means there’s no backlight. It’s emissive, like OLED, but unlike OLED it uses only Red, Green, and Blue pixels, so not only can it deliver true black levels, but it is incredibly bright and colorful. This is a modular system, too, so the idea is that it can be assembled in any size or shape you want, but as conventional TV sizes go, Samsung went and surprised us with a 75-inch variant, which could be a TV you could own one day.

Also, in the LG booth is this stunning 88-inch 8K OLED. It’s not just big, it’s luscious. The picture is deep, rich, and intoxicating. For best picture quality at the show, this is it for us. It’s also important to point out that LG, like all the big manufacturers, is supporting Apple AirPlay 2, so you can now play your iTunes movies, TV shows, and music through the TV using your iOS device or Mac. Honestly, if the roll-up OLED wasn’t so compelling, this would be our pick for best TV at CES.

Next up is Samsung 98-inch 8K QLED TV. Not only is it big, but its super well-designed both from an aesthetic standpoint, but also the user experience. From Samsung’s no-gap wall mount to its automatic source detection, to the one-connect box and one-connect cable – this TV is just a bigger version of the 8K awesome we’ve come to expect from Samsung. Count on Samsung’s A.I. upscaling system to make any content you watch, from any source, look great at 8K resolution.

Sony also has a 98-inch 8K LED TV, and it’s a looker. The feather in Sony’s cap is its X1 Ultimate processor, which does an incredible job at not just upscaling, but cleaning up an image. Those banding artifacts you get with streaming content – which let’s face it is mostly what we watch — looks smooth as silk on this TV, and that’s critical at this size. Sony is making a few other 8K models this year, but it’s hard to deny this 98-incher is the most cinematic-looking TV we’ve seen at the show this year.

Now over to TCL, which is poised to blow up even bigger in 2019. It’s got a 75-inch 8K TV, too, but the difference here is that it is a Roku TV and that it will come in far less expensive than its competition. With TCL producing an 8K TV at this size, it is likely far more people will be able to take the step up in resolution if they want to. It doesn’t hurt that this TV supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG types of high dynamic range content directly from the Roku platform, making it one of the most user-friendly TVs on our list.

That’s a lot, isn’t it? As we said, it was an exciting year for TV at CES 2019, and these were just our picks for the best. There are a lot more where these came from, and we’re going to be reviewing a lot of them this year, so keep visiting Digital Trends for the best TV reviews and all your insightful daily tech news.

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30 thoughts on “The Best TVs of CES 2019

  • January 13, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    The Vizio and TCL lineup has my attention

  • January 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Having an 8K TV is like having a fancy car engine that runs on unicorn tears.

  • January 14, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Hmm I didn't know Sony still made TVs. Anyone know if they are any good? Better than SAMSUNG or LG TVs?

  • January 14, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Sony best tha hai aur rehega all time Sony much better

  • January 14, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Really??? When are you guys going to start screaming at these companies to STOP producing shit we really don't need. 8K TV's, come on guys, this is to a point of ridiculous and some of you are going to buy them, Why? Because then you can go around to all your little social media sites telling everyone. Truth is what most of you need is not 8k TV's, but a tribal style campfire.

  • January 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    You missed Hisenses ULED tv which in my eyes is FAR more interesting than all those 8K tvs. Because for movie watching 8K is just useless. Going above 4K is just going to give you diminishing returns.
    That Hisense ULED tv thou, it uses two VA-panels to get almost the same performance as OLED but with not burn in problems while also gonna be way cheaper.

  • January 15, 2019 at 4:06 am

    all just licking the feets of LG, panasonic, sony oleds

  • January 15, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Hisense is giving big sweat to samsung and lg with it's price cut and amazing image quality

  • January 16, 2019 at 4:54 am

    In what way is this like a Phoenix rising from ashes?

  • January 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

    8k era has begun…technology always moving forward

  • January 18, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    In 2019, huge 8K TVs are for sale and require HDMI 2.1 cables. I think a good quality 6 ft HDMI 2.1 cable will cost us $210 dollars.

  • January 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Can someone just point me to the best 50 inch tv 4k tv that's under 450?

  • January 23, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I have nooooo any idea why ppl are saying Sony is the best one here…. I just don’t know why… quality features whatever every TV makers are better than Sony…. gosh are these ppl from 90s? Seriously do you think Sony is the best one…?????? Lol If you got two eyes you can’t say Sony is the best

  • January 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    8k … Let's try to get 4k hdr( REAL HDR ) 60fps or more first.
    There's no content for 8k nor 2.1 hdmi isn't in but maybe a hand full of TVs.

  • January 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Vizio is the only company from the list here that is not making any TV sets, they are just branding China engineered ones. They have a staff of about 100 people, do you really think they could engineer , design, and manufacture TV sets with personnel of 100 people? Americans simply can`t make TV sets, it is too complicated for them. The last TV set a US manufacturer made was in 1995. It was Zenith, even then it made Japanese TV sets under license.

  • January 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Just adding another "K" is becoming a trend. Where is the innovation? I don't understand why truly innovative startups don't get covered like these stupid new TV with more "ks" do. A startup by the name of Q Blocks launched a Smart TV that can mine crypto at the CES. There tag line was also quite funny : "Netflix and chill while it pays your bill "….i guess there website is this one: . But no one really knows about them because the paid media is busy covering LG's of the world.

  • January 29, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Fuck in LG TV برنامه بسیار زیبا و پر مغزی بود مشاهده درتاریخ 1397/11/9

  • January 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    He didn't even mention Panasonic GZ2000 or Philips 805… Bad review.

  • February 6, 2019 at 4:38 am

    It's true OLED TV's suffering with BURN IN screen?

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