So far, we’ve talked about phones and tablets not made in China, but that’s not to say there aren’t also television sets that are manufactured outside the territory. With most of us staying at home and binge-watching since last year, it’s about time we did a list of smart TVs that are not made in China.
Before we begin, here’s how we picked these smart TVs.
First and foremost, we considered the Video and Integration aspect. The video quality of any TV we recommend has to be top-notch, and it has to have a user-friendly and stable smart interface.
The second factor we took into consideration was Privacy and Security. In the world of GDPR, public data gathering, data mining, and personalized ads, it’s important to us to choose Smart TVs with minimal data mining or none at all. If possible.
The third factor was Connectors, Connections, Ports, and Extras. You can never have enough ports. And you can never have enough features enabled on your Smart TV. From DTS to IMAX Surround sound, extra goodies are a must in this case.
The fourth decision-making point, and the second most important for some potential buyers, is Price and Size. In this day and age, a good deal can help you decide instantly to reach for the bottom of the gold sack and pull out some cash.
With this being said, here are five smart TVs that are not made in China.
This is perhaps the definition of bang for the buck. The V-series from Vizio includes most necessities for a modern user under 300 dollars. In this price range, you can enjoy 4K UHD HDR10+ content, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR-ready on a 40″ LED TV.
The TV supports four HDR formats and features an LED-backlit LCD panel to provide enhanced brightness uniformity. The 120 Hz Dynamic Motion refresh rate technology helps provide smooth motion for fast-action scenes.
Combine this with the support for both Apple AirPlay and Chromecast and the offering from Vizio becomes suddenly not half bad. For the average household, that needs a second TV but doesn’t want to break the bank, the V-series provides affordability and an almost unbeatable price.
Its three HDMI ports provide connections to digital HD devices such as Blu-ray players, cable boxes, gaming systems, or consoles.
And the fact that you can control the TV with your voice through your Google Assistant, Siri, or Amazon Alexa-enabled device or the included remote control, adds to the level of comfort.
Sony is one of the traditional Japanese manufacturers that you can never go wrong with when choosing a new tv set. The only problem with the Bravia X900H is the fact that the user will need to update the TV to get the full capabilities enabled.
According to Sony, firmware updates will become available in Winter 2020 and Spring 2021.
Now, we know that is a hell of a lot of time to wait to enjoy your 1000 gold new TV. But on the other hand, this TV provides an exquisite level of finesse when displaying moving pictures.
That is, in large part due to the Full-Array LED system, with local dimming that provides brighter highlights and detailed dark scenes along with realistic contrast-enhanced by X-tended Dynamic Range. That finesse we were talking about earlier is one of the reasons.
The other one is the Game Mode that the X900H comes with, which makes every gaming experience smoother and more responsive by disabling lots of the bells and whistles that the TV comes with.
Like in most cases on this list, you can use your voice to control your TV and smart home devices. The user can easily search for movies and shows, get answers, and manage tasks. And, it works with Alexa. So you get a gorgeous looking picture, convenience, and the HDR SONY X1 Picture processor, all in one TV.
Last year, with the help of Amazon, LG offered one of the most thrilling sets for cinephiles and audiophiles. They paired up the UN-Series with the LG SL5Y 2.1 DTS Virtual:X enabled Sound Bar. A virtual shut up and take my money moment.
The 2.1 soundbar can enhance the experience and, with the aid of the ThinQ AI, and WebOS implementation, the user can set up audio profiles, depending on what audio source is going in the TV.
It comes with Auto Low Latency Mode, which automatically selects the best setting for less input lag. It allows your console to set your TV’s low-latency mode automatically without having to go to your TV, resulting in less frustration and a better user experience.
And the picture is nothing to scoff at, seeing that the Quad-Core Processor paints images in the best possible light from the source to screen, with less noise.
The only drawback is the lack of HDMI 2.1. But, if you want a more audio-focused experience, with a TV capable of upscaling 1080p at a surprising quality that’s not made in China, the UN-Series from LG is your best bet, especially considering price/quality. Just pair it with a good soundbar.
We recommend the SL5Y, as we stated earlier.
This is a 2020 bestseller. Samsung hit it out of the park with the Q-Series, picture- and sound-wise. The Q60T offers 100% color volume, according to Samsung, with the aid of Quantum Dot technology.
These quantum dots produce over a billion shades of color that stay true-to-life even in bright scenes, and the Dual LED system of dedicated warm and cool LED backlights enhances contrast details.
The 2020 model line of the Q-Series can offer price variations, depending on the display size. But in most cases, the user usually gets at least 3 HDMI’s, Bluetooth 5.0, Wireless, USB, Ethernet, and extremely optimized picture parameters.
Samsung opted to let the buyer choose the voice assistant it wants on the TV. If the user wants Alexa, Bixby, or Google, it’s all up to them.
And you can connect your TV to your other IoT smart devices from the household, offering a layer of futurism and SF to the TV. In a few years, TV’s will make French fries… I tell you.
Philips is one of the most recognizable electronics brands in the world. The Dutch manufacturer has been around for a long time, and it isn’t planning to go away.
As a matter of fact, Philips maintained localized production and expanded in new territories. In essence, they opened up new markets by offering some needed competition for the Chinese manufacturers. In this case, a 4K TV with a clean Android TV experience, with nothing special, except the fact that it’s built like a tank and will work for eons. ( Some burns may appear after prolonged use, but it will still work.)
When it comes to TV’s made by Philips, you know what you get – almost military-grade hardware, designed to work like a charm. The 55PFL5703 is nothing special if you look at it on paper but the price and the fact that it will probably outlast the Duracell Bunny in the stamina department may sway your decision on this TV.
As a bonus, the 55PFL5703 comes with a 4K upscaling engine that makes 1080p videos look amazing in 4K HDR10. To get the most out of this TV, we recommend you get a $50 TiVo Android TV 4K dongle, so you get a great picture, and you smart-up your TV.
Sure, the TV comes with NetTV, with its own app store to download that offers a decent selection of apps.
Now, this is just a guide. We made a few of these recently that regard non-Chinese smartphones and tablets. We believe in the choice of the user and, with recent privacy breaches and indictments regarding Chinese manufacturers, potential buyers need a pool of products to choose from.
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