Best 40 inch TVs with 4K in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 6, 2019
Are you wanting the highest fidelity and clearest picture possible on a TV, yet you don't have the money or space for a huge wall-sized set? If so, then you would probably be interested in a 40-inch 4K TV. Read on for our picks of the best models and find the best 40-inch 4K TV for your home. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen
Motion Rate
Smart TV
3D Support
Ports
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

1600 PMI (Picture Mastering Index) will be especially useful when watching movies and videos with a large number of dynamic scenes: they will be displayed as quickly and smoothly as possible, while the likelihood of slowing down and "lags" will be eliminated.

CONS

Initial setup process is time-consuming.

OUR VERDICT

Smart TVs from LG have always been famous for their high functionality and fast work, and this model was no exception: the Quad Core Processor in combination with the webOS interface allows you to comfortably watch movies online in 4K resolution.

detailed parameters
Screen

43", 3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 1600 PMI (Picture Mastering Index)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Ports

2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Component / Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W, Ultra Surround Sound

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the UHD Dimming technology, it is possible to achieve incredibly high contrast: the processor completely turns off the backlight in areas with the colour black to eliminate the likelihood of “highlights” and so-called white spots.

CONS

Missing Composite or Component in (required to connect older DVD players).

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a TV with a stylish appearance, simple controls, as well as a rich and realistic image, then opt for Samsung's 7th series. HDR 10+ combined with PurColour™ technology takes picture quality to a new level.

detailed parameters
Screen

43", 3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 1300 PQI (Picture Quality Index)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Ports

1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 2 x HDMI, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Built-in speakers boast a total power of as much as 32 watts, which means you can comfortably listen to music or enjoy sound effects without the need for external speakers. The headphone jack is useful if you need to connect headphones.

CONS

The processor in the TV is on the slow side.

OUR VERDICT

This model from Hisense will appeal to people who want to purchase an Ultra HD TV with the Smart function, but have a limited budget: despite the relatively low price, the image detail here will satisfy even the most demanding users.

detailed parameters
Screen

43", 3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 1200 PPI (Picture Performance Index)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Ports

1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 2 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Coaxial out, 1 x Headphones Out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 16 W

Warranty

2 years

PROS

2 USB ports provide the ability to play movies and music not only from USB-flash drives, but also from external hard drives. And the recording function will help you save your favorite TV show or football match if you can’t watch it live.

CONS

Some users find the remote unergonomic.

OUR VERDICT

This TV has received many positive reviews from the lucky owners of 4K-enabled game consoles: the advanced gaming mode with a fast frame refresh rate will help you instantly respond to various game situations in order to win battles.

detailed parameters
Screen

43", 3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 2000 TPQ (Total Picture Quality)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Ports

2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Component in, 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones Out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the powerful integrated Wi-Fi module, you can provide the TV with a stable Internet connection, even if the Wi-Fi router is far enough away. The LAN input will be relevant in case the Wi-Fi signal strength is not enough for streaming video at 4k @ 30 fps.

CONS

Speakers are not very powerful.

OUR VERDICT

An intuitive menu, a convenient control panel and the presence of most modern connection interfaces are the main advantages of this model from Hisense, so that you can quickly understand all the functions and enjoy watching multimedia content.

detailed parameters
Screen

43", 3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Ports

2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones Out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 7 W

Warranty

2 years

LG 43UM7100PLB

Extremely High Image Quality

Having a 4K television doesn't guarantee that you will have the best image quality possible. There are quite a few different things that can all work together to affect the total image quality of a particular television, including the refresh rate of the screen, contrast, colour gamut, and many other things. Many television manufacturers will often just use the cheapest quality components in making their 4K TVs and just sell it on that basis alone, but many of these cheaper sets just can't stand up to higher-end ones when it comes to the overall image quality of its display.

The LG 43UM7100PLB 43 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV is not one of those sets. This 4k smart TV was made to include the best image quality possible to allow its users to enjoy extremely sharp images with the most natural colour output. The 1600 PMI (Picture Mastering Index) of this particular model will be especially useful when watching movies and videos with a large number of dynamic scenes: they will be displayed as quickly and smoothly as possible, while the likelihood of slowing down and "lag" will be eliminated. Thus, anyone who purchases this TV will get to enjoy whatever content they watch with the best image quality possible.

Review of LG 43UM7100PLB 43 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV (2019 Model)

Great Smart TV Interface

Many TVs now include Smart TV functions, but many of them seem like afterthoughts, with few extra features and a horribly complicated interface. Smart TVs from LG, however, have always been famous for their high functionality and fast work, and this model is no exception: the Quad Core Processor built-in to the TV in combination with the webOS interface allows you to comfortably watch movies online in 4K resolution. The Smart TV gives you access to many online streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and many more, so you will have a great choice of content to watch on your TV.

Outside of the Smart TV functions, this set includes many other features that help make this one of the best 40-inch 4K televisions on the market. The TV includes built-in 2 x 10 W speakers with Ultra Surround Sound capability, giving you a complete surround sound experience that will prove immersive. Also included are a wide array of ports, including 2 USB ports for watching content from flash drives, an Ethernet port for those who want the best possible bandwidth for streaming content, and 3 HDMI ports for connecting various devices, as well as a few others. All told, this 4K television includes some terrific features that make it one of the best models you can buy.

LG 43UM7100PLB 43 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV (2019 Model) in the use

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Samsung UE43NU7020

Life-like Image

Most televisions nowadays tend to have great image quality, at least when compared to televisions from the past, but many still have their own little quirks when it comes to image quality. No matter how sharp an image is, there is always still something with the displayed image that removes a little bit of the immersive experience that such high-quality sets claim to bring. Whether it is the backlight shining through dark areas of the image, or a low contrast that makes the image appear washed out, there is always something that reminds you that you are just watching something on TV instead of being in the middle of the action.

Samsung has tried their best to help remove those little issues that remove the immersion through their Samsung UE43NU7020 43 Inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV. This 4K television includes many features that help enhance the overall image quality. Thanks to the UHD Dimming technology, it is possible to achieve incredibly high contrast: the processor completely turns off the backlight in areas with the colour black to eliminate the likelihood of “highlights” and so-called white spots. This makes blacks on the image look completely dark while also providing extremely high contrast with other colours.

Review of Samsung UE43NU7020 43 Inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR

Energy Efficient

The high contrast image provided by this TV, along with many of the other image enhancement technologies included, do not make this a power drain. In fact, this TV carries an energy efficiency rating of A, making it one of the most efficient sets you can get on the market.

Plenty of other features are included on this excellent telelvision set. The TV comes with built-in Smart TV functions that let you take advantage of a wide variety of streaming services including Netflix and YouTube, and also includes a Wi-Fi adapter with a strong signal so you can enjoy the streaming services in whichever room the TV is located. The powerful 10 W stereo speakers that are built-in to the set give you surprisingly good audio quality. Should you need to connect external devices, the usual array of ports is available, including 2 HDMI ports, a USB port, and an Ethernet port. Unfortunately, it is missing component or composite ports, so if you need to connect an older device such as a DVD player, then you will most likely need some kind of adapter.

If you are looking for a TV with a stylish appearance, simple controls, as well as a rich and realistic image, then opt for Samsung's 7th series. The HDR 10+ combined with PurColour™ technology takes picture quality to a new level.

Samsung UE43NU7020 43 Inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR in the use

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TCL 43DP628

Superb Audio

What is usually the biggest weakness in any TV? If you ask almost anyone what the biggest problem with their set is, they will almost always answer that it is the audio. Let's face it - most TV manufacturers tend to skimp out on the audio, often thinking that people will just connect their television to a stereo or surround sound system. While some people do this, many just rely on the built-in speakers on their television, having neither the time nor the inclination to connect their television to an audio system. With many TVs, this results in a subpar audio experience, with many TV speakers sounding tinny and being underpowered.

The TCL 43DP628 43 Inch UHD 4K TV doesn't go this route. Instead, the manufacturer has included some of the best built-in speakers that you can have inside of a TV. These built-in speakers boast a total power of as much as 32 watts, which means you can comfortably listen to music or enjoy sound effects without the need for external speakers, helping to save you both time and money in regard to getting a superior audio experience. There is even a headphone jack included that is useful if you need to connect headphones. In short, your audio needs should be completely covered by this TV.

Review of TCL 43DP628 43 Inch UHD 4K TV, HDR10 and HLG, Modern Design with Freeview Play

Great Features on a Budget

With as great as the audio quality is with this television, the manufacturer didn't go light on the other features either. This model from Hisense will appeal to people who want to purchase an Ultra HD TV with the Smart function, but have a limited budget. Despite the relatively low price, the image detail here will satisfy even the most demanding users. The Smart TV function includes the ability to use most popular streaming services, negating the need for connecting a computer, game console, or media streaming device in order to enjoy your favorite series from Netflix or watching useful videos on YouTube. One thing that does bear mentioning, though, is that the processor inside of the TV is a bit slow, which means that navigating through the menus or using the Smart TV function may seem a bit slow at times.

All that said, this minor issue with the slow processor won't detract from most people's enjoyment of the superb audio and video quality. Plenty of ports are also included for connecting external devices such as Blu-ray players or game consoles, so you can enjoy any of your favourite methods of entertainment on this high in features but low in price 40-inch TV with 4K resolution.

TCL 43DP628 43 Inch UHD 4K TV, HDR10 and HLG, Modern Design with Freeview Play in the use

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Toshiba 43UL5A63DB

Watch and Record

With all of the latest technologies that TVs have been including lately, there is one that seems to be either minimal or non-existent: support for watching and recording to and from external devices. Yes, many TVs now include support for connecting USB drives in order to watch videos or listen to music, but these functions tend to be very rudimentary, offering very little in the way of additional features that can really help make that experience a convenient and easy-to-use method of entertainment. And almost no TV includes any kind of DVR functionality. It would be nice to encounter a television that puts more effort into these functions.

Thankfully, that is exactly what the Toshiba 43UL5A63DB 43-Inch Smart 4K Ultra-HD HDR LED TV does. The 2 built-in USB ports provide the ability to play movies and music not only from USB-flash drives, but also from external hard drives, letting you store an entire collection of films and music on just one device. Along with this, the TV also includes a recording function that will help you save your favorite TV show or football match if you can’t watch it live. In essence, you are getting both a DVR and a sophisticated media center along with your TV if you purchase this model.

Review of Toshiba 43UL5A63DB 43-Inch Smart 4K Ultra-HD HDR LED TV with Freeview Play (2019 Model)

Great for Gamers

Along with the media functions mentioned above, this TV also includes the standard Smart TV capabilities that many other models have, letting you take advantage of your favourite online streaming services without needing external hardware. Of course, TVs aren't just used for watching media, and the manufacturers of this TV have included additional features for other purposes. This TV has received many positive reviews from the lucky owners of 4K-enabled game consoles. The advanced gaming mode with a fast frame refresh rate will help you instantly respond to various game situations in order to win battles, making this TV a must purchase for any serious console gamer.

We haven't even mentioned the HDR and image quality features of this set. Toshiba has included some of the best image quality enhancements around, including their TRU picture technology that helps ensure that content from any source looks good when upscaled on this set. That means that this TV can help breathe new life into older Blu-ray or DVD players, upscaling their image to take advantage of the sharpness of the image quality. With these and many other included image enhancing features, the total quality of this 4K flat screen television will impress anyone.

Toshiba 43UL5A63DB 43-Inch Smart 4K Ultra-HD HDR LED TV with Freeview Play (2019 Model) in the use

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Hisense H43B7100UK

Strong WiFi Signal

Many people have already purchased a TV with Smart TV functionality, and many of them can agree on one thing: many of the included extra features, especially in regard to the Smart TV functionality, are not of the highest quality. This can often even extend to the internal components used to aid this functionality. One big example of this is the wireless connectivity included in many TVs, which tends to be very weak. This makes the Smart TV functionality useless for those whose television isn't located near their wireless router, and don't have the option of connecting it through Ethernet.

The Hisense H43B7100UK 43-Inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV hasn't gone cheap on these features, fortunately. Thanks to the powerful integrated Wi-Fi module, you can provide the TV with a stable Internet connection, even if the Wi-Fi router is located on the other side of your home from your television set. The LAN input will be relevant in case the Wi-Fi signal strength is not enough for streaming video at 4k @ 30 fps, but for most houses with a wireless router that supports the latest wireless connectivity standards, the Wi-Fi signal strength should be sufficient for 4K quality streaming. Those who extensively use the Smart TV functionality will certainly find this TV to be to their liking.

Review of Hisense H43B7100UK 43-Inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Freeview Play (2019)

Highly Convenient Features

An intuitive menu, a convenient control panel and the presence of most modern connection interfaces are the main advantages of this model from Hisense, so that you can quickly understand all the functions and enjoy watching multimedia content. The Smart TV functions are right in line with most other Smart TVs, including access to the most popular streaming services. This TV even includes Freeview Play, letting you access the last 7 days of content from some of the best streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, and UKTV Play, so you don't have to miss out on any content that you didn't immediately catch.

Plenty of other features are included in this excellent 4K TV, including HDR functionality for providing the best image quality and DTS Surround Sound. Unfortunately, the built-in speakers on this set aren't very powerful, so if you want to take advantage of the superior sound capabilities of most modern media devices, then you will probably want to connect a pair of external speakers. Thankfully, this can be easily done thanks to the Optical Audio output and headphone jack included on this set. In the end, anyone who wants a high-quality TV that comes with many of the latest features but at an affordable price may find this model to be their best bet.

Hisense H43B7100UK 43-Inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Freeview Play (2019) in the use

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What Is a 40-inch 4K TV?

HDTV sets have been around for a long time now, first debuting more than 20 years ago and having now become the standard to the point where almost no standard definition televisions are sold anymore. Of course, during this time HD television sets haven't just remained static. There have been various improvements made to them over the last decade or so, starting with 1080p sets and now up to 4K televisions.

The HDTV specification that most full HD TV sets have typically followed allowed for 720p and 1080i modes, with the 720p signifying a resolution of 1280x720 at 60 fps (frames per second), and 1080i being 1920x1080 at 30 fps. A 4K TV, on the other hand, supports resolutions up to 3840x2160, being double the resolution of the 1080i and 1080p modes. This allows for amazingly detailed images that are much sharper than even the highest standard HDTV mode, giving you the clearest details possible on a television. Typically, most 4K televisions have been much larger than 40 inches, but recently this resolution has made its way to smaller TV sets and even computer monitors, allowing consumers to enjoy television in the most detailed way possible.

A 40-inch television is usually best in a smaller room where people will be watching from close by. If you have a large sitting room and need a larger television for it, take a look at some of the best big screen LED TVs in the UK.

What Features to Compare

Televisions used to be relatively simple devices with very little in the way of extra features, but the proliferation of HDTVs has changed that. Many TVs now come with quite a few extra features, which manufacturers heavily rely on in order to distinguish their products from all of the other models available. Since this is the case, it is important to know which features are available on a particular model before purchasing one, in order to make sure it has the ones that you want.

Screen

Along with the extra features, one of the characteristics to look for on a 4K television is the screen. The characteristics of a screen will include the actual screen size measured in inches, the maximum resolution of the screen (3840x2160 for a 4K television), and the type of panel that it uses. The panel types will usually either be IPS or VA, which each have their own advantages, among a few others.

Motion Rate

Another characteristic to pay attention to with a 4K TV is the motion rate, which dictates how fast the image is updated every second. Most TVs support a refresh rate of 60Hz, with some models offering even faster rates that are geared towards certain uses such as gaming. Along with this, though, certain manufacturers have included a certain type of rating to indicate the total performance of a television in regard to its motion rate, with various manufacturers using different ratings such as PMI (Picture Mastering Index) and PPI (Picture Performance Index), among others. These various indexes will rate the television's performance based on a large number of factors. However, there is, unfortunately, no standard rating used, and each manufacturer will often use their own specific rating, making these numbers almost meaningless. In short, the best thing to pay attention to is the refresh rate of a specific model.

Smart TV functions

Many television manufacturers are including smart TV functions in their sets, which gives the TV the ability to use various online streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Such functions have found their way into Blu-ray players and streaming media boxes as well. If you don't already have one of these devices, and you want to have access to online streaming platforms on your television, then make sure that the model you choose has this functionality included.

Ports

The included ports on any television is something important to check, as this will dictate what types of devices can be connected to your television. Most TVs at a minimum will include at least one HDMI port, although the more, the better. Along with that, many TVs will also include USB ports for connecting flash drives with audio and video files on them, as well as older legacy ports such as component, composite, and various audio input ports. Some newer TVs, however, are doing away with the older legacy ports, so if you have older devices such as DVD players or older game consoles that you want to connect to your television, make sure that whichever model you choose includes the proper ports.

Make Your Own Home Theatre

There are a few enthusiasts out there who love making their own home theater based around their television, trying to bring the best of the cinematic experience to their own living rooms. After all, when you have such a high-quality television set, why not make the entire experience of watching movies on it just like going to the theatre, except without the inconveniences such as expensive food and drinks? Although many people think it may be extremely expensive to do this, it can easily be done on a budget. Below are some of the extra things you will need to help make your own home theatre on a budget.

Chairs

Probably the most important thing outside of the television in a home theatre would be where the viewers will sit. No home theatre experience can be complete without somewhere comfortable to sit. In fact, you can easily surpass the comfort level of any cinema by having a much more comfortable chair with features that can't be found in any cinema seating. For instance, a swivel armchair can let you orient yourself however you want instead of being crammed up next to someone, while an excellent massage recliner can give you the most relaxing experience while watching your favourite film.

Coffee Table

One thing you can't find in virtually any cinema is a good old fashioned coffee table. If you like spending your tea time in front of the TV, having one of these will give you an experience that simply can't be found anywhere else.

Wall Mount

One of the best ways of replicating the cinema experience is by mounting your new 4K TV set on the wall, thus helping to free up space within your home theatre. Using one of these wall mounts can help you not only add space to your home theater room, but also help orient the TV in the most comfortable way possible.

Audio

You simply can't replicate the experience of a cinema in your living room without having a good quality sound system to help immerse you in the action. There are plenty of options for anyone, including having a high-quality soundbar for those with a smaller living room, or even a full-fledged stereo receiver for those who want the absolute best in audio reproduction. A powered subwoofer can help bring the deepest explosions and rumblings to life, and a great pair of over the ear headphones can let you enjoy your films without bothering anyone else in the house.

Media Devices

Although most Smart TVs let you enjoy plenty of films and serials through online streaming, many people have their own vast collection of DVDs and Blu-ray discs that they would still like to enjoy in their home theatre. Both DVD and Blu-ray players can be added for very reasonable prices, and many include technology that will let you upscale these older discs to take advantage of the superior image quality of a 4K television set.

Gaming Consoles

Last but not least, many home theatre enthusiasts don't find watching TV to be their sole source of entertainment. Many people now enjoy playing the latest and greatest video games, which you can do by choosing one of the best video gaming consoles available. In fact, most of these gaming consoles also include many other media functions, letting you use just one device to not only play games, but also watch your favourite films and serials.

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Publish Date: 2019-08-06 13:02:27