The Xbox One X has been released, catching up with Sony’s release of the 4K-capable PS4 Pro that was launched last year.
With this new generation of consoles releasing and making videogames available to be played in 4K, more and more people are asking what 4K TV is right for them.
Some gamers are resistant to the idea of splurging a lot of money on their first 4K TV – after all, it’s very likely that like HDTVs, there will be a price drop across the board once the format matures a little.
As such, one of the best entry level 4K TVs you can hope for is the Bush 4K Ultra HD Smart TV. It comes in three sizes (49″, 43″ and 55″) and interestingly, the biggest unit is currently the cheapest on the Argos site.
The TV doesn’t ship with HDR – the high dynamic range colour improvement that PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles also support – but to get 4K and HDR-capable TVs, you’re always going to have to spend a little more money.
As it happens, then, this 4K TV is a fantastic entry point if you want a unit to really show off your new console on, and you can carry on reading below to find out why.
It’s clear that most people looking for their first 4K TV, the main goal is a boost in quality.
The bush model doesn’t offer other 4K features like 4K upscaling from 1080p outputs or UHD dimming – but unless that’s something you’re keenly after, and really want to get the most out of your new consoles – this isn’t too much of an issue.
For a £400 unit, the TV has a sharp, bright screen and handles contrast incredibly well – which is always handy when you’re dealing with stealth or horror games
We tested The Evil Within 2 on the TV, and thanks to its great handling of deep black, it dealt with the game really well.
We also played Assassin’s Creed: Origins on the TV – and thanks to the 4K capability, you can really see how the game has improved its draw distances and the TV really allows the exotic colour scheme of the game to ‘pop’, too, without having to rely on HDR.
We also used the Xbox One X to test the UHD Blu-Ray for planet earth ii on the TV: the LED screen is incredibly good at showing off all the colour the show is composed with, and never seems to drop a pixel of quality when running through the console.
Thanks to the 50Hz motion rate, it’s good for gaming, too – though you might want to look at screens with quicker refresh rates if you’re super serious about playing games like Call of Duty or Halo competitively.
Do be aware the TV isn’t Android TV, but rather Opera – there is less functionality there, and can be quite slow, but if you’re using this paired with a console, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
For the most part though, this is an incredible TV for the price.
Just be aware that most Bush products don’t offer HDR on top of the 4K – so if you want to absolutely get the most ouf of your Xbox One X, you’re going to want a TV that offers both HDR and 4K.
But if you want a unit that’s going to show off exactly what your new console can do, and don’t want to commit to a more expensive unit with all the bells and whistles, we can recommend the Bush 49-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV.
Bush 43 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Specs
Television picture quality:
• LED TV Screen.
• Ultra HD 4K certified display resolution.
• Screen size: 49 inches.
• Motion rate 50Hz.
• Viewing angle 178/178 degrees.
• 1 SCART socket, 2 USB ports and 2 HDMI sockets.
• Smart TV.
• VGA input socket.
• Component video socket.
• Composite socket.
• Optical connection.
• Headphone socket.
• AV socket.
• Wi-Fi enabled.
• Ethernet connection.
• DLNA compatibility.
• Open browser.
• Suitable for wall mounting 200 x 200 bracket.
• DTS sound system.
• 10 x 2 watt RMS power output.
• Freeview Play digital tuner.
• Dual core processor.
• CI plus slot.
• Sleep timer.
• Parental controls.
• Size of TV H65.7, W112.3, D8.1cm.
• Weight of TV 10.3kg (unpackaged).
• Size of TV with stand: H70.9, W112.3, D27.5cm.
• Footprint of TV 92.11cm.
• Weight of TV with stand: 10.8kg.
• Energy efficiency rating: a+.
• Energy efficiency index (EEI) 0.2.
• On mode power consumption 69 watts.
• Annual power consumption 100kWh.