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Best 40 inch TV of 2016

By S21, 11 Oct 2016

A 40-inch TV makes a good size for one or two viewers, and is a popular option for an apartment or a smaller home. Here we pick the very best 40-inch TVs of 2016 from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. This year, our three top picks are all from Samsung.

Less than £400

There's no need to spend a lot of money when you can buy a 40-inch TV as good as the Samsung UE40K5500.

It may not have high-end features like UHD (4K resolution) and HDR, but at this screen size those features won't be greatly missed. Instead, the K5500 delivers a stylish TV with good picture quality and all the essentials, including Freeview HD, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

Less than £500

Stretch your budget by £100 and the superb Samsung UE40KU6400 comes within range.

This is a UHD (4K) TV with HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability, making your purchase future-proof. The KU6400 is a high-end product at a very reasonable price. With a sleek modern design, wide viewing angles and plenty of mid-range shadow detail, picture quality is very refined.

You also get all the features of Samsung's 2016 Tizen-based Smart TV system.

At any price

The Samsung UE40KU6470 doesn't quite fit the£500 budget, but if you don't mind spending just a little extra, it's the best 40-inch TV you'll find this year.

The KU6470 is exclusive to Currys / PC World and gives you everything that the KU6400 offers, plus a stylish V-shaped silver stand and a more advanced remote control.

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Asked by Phill from UK on 24th Feb 2017
I'm 'very' non-technical 74 year old so can I ask that if I bought a Samsung UE40K5500 and connected it to my already existing Virgin Media TV package, would I experience any problems or hiccups at all ?

Reply by S21 from UK on 24th Feb 2017
As long as the Virgin box has a HDMI connection, you should just be able to plug it in. If it's an older box with a SCART connection, then you will have problems, as the Samsung has no SCART input. If in doubt, Virgin should be able to advise you over the telephone.

TV comparison?

Asked by trevor from uk on 22nd Nov 2016
Of the 2 older smart full hd tvs sony kdl32wd653 or kdl32705b which is newer and or best?

I only really watch freeway standard definition, if I buy a 4K TV will the SD picture suffer?

Asked by andy from uk on 21st Nov 2016

Reply by S21 from UK on 21st Nov 2016
Upscaling to 4K is variable. With a 40 inch screen and mainly SD channels, you'd be better off buying a 1080p HD TV.

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