Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Table of Contents Show More There’s never been a better time to buy a TV. The industry has worked most of the bugs out of LCD and OLED TVs, and today’s prices are lower than ever. In fact, high-end 4K models cost about half of what they did last year. …

Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

Samsung’s Q90R is a great TV. It’s super bright, has amazingly accurate color, and it makes HDR pop and details sing—much like its Q9F predecessor. The recently reviewed Samsung Q900 8K UHD QLED TV, however, raised the bar for low-defect LED-backlit LCD image processing, and the 4K Q90R doesn’t quite …

HDHomeRun Scribe Quatro and Servio review: Great video quality, but clunky software

For cord-cutters, setting up an over-the-air DVR that delivers the best possible picture quality on multiple televisions has never been easy or cheap. That leaves a wide-open opportunity for Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun Scribe DVR and its sibling, the HDHomeRun Servio. TiVo’s Bolt OTA, for instance, requires pricey add-on boxes to …

It’s football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

According to the NFL, 70 percent of fans use a second screen while watching football. It’s easy to understand why: mobile devices—and the apps that run on them—give us easy access to player stats and analysis, provide interactive features to supplement the big-screen experience, and offer a convenient way to …

The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Table of Contents Show More If you want to improve the contrast of your TV without ponying up for a brand-new set, bias lighting makes for an easy and relatively inexpensive way to do it. Bias, in this context, means that light is projected at an angle to your TV; …

Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC

If you have a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, or don’t mind adding one, the Philips Hue Play light bars can deliver bias lighting to your home theater. They’re even better as a responsive bias lighting for your PC monitor, though, especially if you’re a gamer. Hue Play light …

Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range of bias lighting colors for your TV, but no “true” white mode

If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-color bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting makes for a solid choice. Boasting a range of 15 colors, three fade modes, and an RF remote, the Luminoodle is easy to install and helps to boost …

The MediaLight bias TV lighting review: Subtle bias lighting designed for videophiles

Don’t expect The MediaLight TV bias lighting to astound your friends with pulsing colors that match the shows on your screen. Designed for discerning viewers who want to enhance their TV’s visuals and ease eye strain while preserving the integrity of the original image, The MediaLight does an impressive job …

Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain bias lighting strip is a little too cool

If you’re looking to give bias TV lighting a try without spending more than you might on lunch at Chipotle, you could do worse than this budget lighting strip from Vansky. This popular LED light strip is easy to install, boasts a variety of colors and lighting modes, and manages …

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be adding $200 a year to your energy bill

Beware, smart speaker users: If you’re using an Amazon Echo or a Google Home to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might be unwittingly doubling the TV’s overall power usage, which could tack on nearly $200 to your annual energy bill. So says the National Resources Defense Council, a …