Football fans have been looking forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is taking place in 11 Russian cities. True, not everyone has the opportunity to be present at the stadiums in person to support our team. But there is no reason to be upset, because all matches will be broadcast in 4K HDR format with immersive sound.
Instead of looking at the figures of football players from the stands, it is much more logical to gather friends at home, behind a big TV, and not miss a single goal. High-definition television cameras will capture the most epic moments of clashes between the national teams from all angles, and believe me, you will not see this at the stadium.
So that you can watch football at home and with maximum comfort, we have compiled a selection of the best TVs, mobile devices and projectors that will allow you to transfer emotions from the stands straight to your apartment. Those who want a truly immersive experience should be aware that some games will be available to watch in virtual reality and as 360-degree videos. Stock up on popcorn — the show is about to begin.
UHD 4K HDR TVs
A modern TV should display high-quality television and Blu-ray content with natural colors, as well as provide a wide viewing angle. Equally important is good sound. Our comparison tables will help you choose the best TV.
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Editor’s Choice: Sony OLED KD-65AF8/KD-55AF8
The new Sony BRAVIA AF8 series (55 and 65 inches) based on OLED matrices show perfect shades, including deep blacks. The virtually bezel-less design and smartphone-like thickness make it easy to fit the TV into your surroundings without taking up much space. As such, there are no speakers on the TV: the acoustic element has become … an OLED screen that acts as a membrane through which sound passes.
Tiny speakers, located in the center of the back of the TV, are equipped with motor drives that cause vibrations and amplify the sound. Through these vibrations, the sound passes through the entire surface of the TV panel, as if through the membrane of a large speaker, and creates a surround sound effect that seems to come straight from the image on the screen. The subwoofer is located at the bottom.
Bargain purchase: Samsung QE49Q7CAM
If you turn your attention to Samsung QLED TVs, you can also get a free three-month subscription to football channels. Quantum dot technology was developed to overcome the shortcomings of OLED. Quantum Dot screens use materials of inorganic origin, which have a significantly longer life.
In addition to quantum dots, Samsung TVs use several other important image enhancement technologies such as Ultra Black, which minimizes glare on the screen by reducing the reflection of external light and increases contrast. As a result, the viewer can enjoy excellent black depth when watching TV even during the day in a well-lit room.
Samsung’s new QLED TVs impress with color reproduction, high contrast ratios and very beautiful HDR reproduction.
Smartphones and tablets
Mobile gadgets have long turned into high-performance mini-computers. Large displays provide comfortable viewing, powerful processor — good performance.
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Top Product: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
very high speed
powerful dual camera
few updates compared to the past Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Samsung continues to focus on improving not only smartphones, but also the Dex docking station. With this gadget, the Galaxy S9 connects to an external monitor, allowing you to broadcast an image from your smartphone to it: for example, football matches.
The Galaxy S9 Plus itself is waterproof, supports wireless charging technology, works-
No in LTE networks at speeds up to 1.2 Gbps, equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac modules. The manufacturer did not refuse from the slot for memory cards microSD, in which you can install a second SIM-card.
Top Product: Apple iPad Pro 10.5 LTE 512GB
high capacity battery
Far from the best value for money
long battery charging time
Apple not only increased the diagonal of the display, but also completely changed the technical “stuffing”. In particular, the resolution was raised to 2224x1688 pixels (265 ppi), and the screen was able to dynamically increase the refresh rate to 120 Hz (instead of 60 Hz).
And although it is difficult to catch the difference at first glance, when watching sports video broadcasts, the image remains clearer. At a time when a high refresh rate is not needed, this figure drops to 48 or 24 Hz to save battery power.
4K UHD resolution has also reached projectors. However, as our “Best Product” proves, you can still get amazing picture quality with Full HD.
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Top Product: Acer VL7860
low noise level during operation
relatively high power consumption
At just 310mm high, the Acer VL7860 is one of the smallest UHD projectors tested. The VL7860 uses a laser lamp that lasts up to 20 times longer than conventional UHP models. Acer itself lists 30,000 hours as its lifespan. The laser lamp provides a maximum light output of 1764 lumens, so the projector gives an excellent picture even in brightly lit rooms.
By the way, the official specifications of the Acer VL7860 should not confuse you. Although the projector initially advertises a rather low resolution of 2716×1528 pixels, thanks to intelligent XPR switching technology, full-fledged 4K projections are also real. To do this, each image is projected twice: once unchanged and once shifted by 0.5 pixels diagonally. Thus, not only can the UHD format be played losslessly, but low resolution video is also scaled very well. Specifications are also pleasantly surprised.
The price of just under 300,000 rubles, of course, is not very encouraging, but acceptable for such a high-end projector as the Acer VL7860.
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