QNED vs OLED vs QLED | What's the best TV tech in 2021?

QNED is LG’s fresh 2021 TV tech, joining OLED and Samsung’s QLED televisions to overjoy our eyeballs. But which screen type produces the best 4K/8K visuals? Here we dive into QNED vs OLED vs QLED, seeing how Samsung has evolved its own televisions into the fresh Neo sets, and how mini LED stacks up against the new micro LED tech.

OLED is still the champion for infinity contrast, thanks to each pixel having the ability to switch on or off. In contrast, QNED and QLED use backlighting to produce their images – but mini LED technology means a crazy number of lights are crammed into a tiny space. So contrast on the upper-end TV models is comparable to OLED, while you can also enjoy higher brightness, natural colours – or poppy in-your-face visuals too.

As an added benefit, LG’s QNED and Samsung’s QLED televisions are generally more affordable than those OLED panels. Although you can still drop quite a lot of cash on a top-end flagship 8K TV from these guys, and even the 4Ks aren’t exactly wallet friendly.

As an added aside, you might not want to invest in a micro LED set any time soon, which boast incredible clarity vs the mini LED screens thanks to even greater concentrations of even tinier lights. These are mostly commercial sets, thanks to the huge size and prohibitive cost.

50 Comments

  1. Hussain Rashaan on April 25, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Oled is the best of the best !



  2. Greg Martyn on April 25, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Homes Under The Hammer 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂



  3. walmartpimp2 on April 25, 2021 at 3:18 am

    A 77” LG 4K LG G1 vs a Samsung 75” 8K Neo QLED QN900A? Which do you think would be better for someone who isn’t paranoid about screen burn in, will have the TV in a room that is fairly bright most of the time, has access to 8K content, but can only buy one or the other?



  4. Jedi PolarBear on April 25, 2021 at 3:20 am

    It sounds like lovely tech, it truly does.. But I remember getting my LCD TV back in the day, got Sky+ with HD to enjoy the lovely HD visuals available, only to watch Last of the Summer Wine repeats on Gold 🙄 so yeh..



  5. Tim Gurr on April 25, 2021 at 3:20 am

    The human eye can only see what it sees. The older one gets, typically, the worst vision. Maybe the industry should rate their displays based on the age of the viewer. They are already doing that for age appropriate toys and that’s what all this technology is becoming for us more mature audiences.



  6. Lead Bomb on April 25, 2021 at 3:20 am

    I love Chris’s constructive criticism. Delivered Black Adder style. Keep up the good work. You are the only reviewer I trust. Kudos!



  7. Bill Hubbard on April 25, 2021 at 3:21 am

    neither is the best



  8. Jentzen Fong on April 25, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Chris could be a good science teacher. Imagine he is teaching science lesson in the class, and the laughter of every kid being so enjoyable on their science lesson



  9. wellibob on April 25, 2021 at 3:24 am

    I like Chris. He’s a proper northern tech bugger.



  10. John A Newton on April 25, 2021 at 3:25 am

    mini led ?



  11. Hossam Mohamed on April 25, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Best YouTuber ever



  12. 3MAR00SS on April 25, 2021 at 3:26 am

    isn’t micro LED just a black and white OLED eliminating an LCD panel infront of it? (ಠ_ʖಠ)>⌐■-■

    well it might be worth it with no subpixels diming and ruining color accuracy like what happens on an OLED after 5 years of misuse 乁( ‾ ~‾)ㄏ⁩



  13. Stevo79 on April 25, 2021 at 3:26 am

    the only tech guy i really listen too , i wish i had 8k tv money … this last yr i dont think many have haha less you big youtuber 🙂



  14. S J Simpson on April 25, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Had an LG oled, got hideiously screen burnt, changed to samsung q90t , but not near as good a picture as the oled when it was new, fresh and unburnt, backlight needs it all, qned looks like it might be a winner.



  15. Prince Aldos Detablan on April 25, 2021 at 3:27 am

    REVIEW THE NEWEST MOROEOLA EDGE S WITH DIMENSITY 870 BROTHER!!!



  16. C SRIVATHSA on April 25, 2021 at 3:28 am

    It would be better if it was a side by side comparison. Expecting it later this year❤️❤️



  17. Dave A Driffield on April 25, 2021 at 3:28 am

    I used to read The Q Bikes in the Beano in the early 1960s. We had no telly.



  18. ISSAI IBUNGU on April 25, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Can you review the nubia play 5g 🙏



  19. SILVER RUNNER on April 25, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Youtube’s getting really comfortable with back to back 3 unskippable ads



  20. RJ UK USA on April 25, 2021 at 3:35 am

    My Christmas present drone took off and flew into my faithful Sammy U65 F8000.
    I had never made a home insurance claim before even though I’ve been with the same company for 20 years and broken a lot of expensive stuff over the years. As it cost £3500 in 2014 I though I would make an initial enquirey and see if they could fix it or with luck find one that might of been sitting in a wharehouse gathering dust as I was still perfectly happy with its performance & picture (just not the crude phallic looking image complete with balls that the drone tore into the top layer of the screen).

    I was pretty shocked to be offered insurance an ‘equivalent’ tv for £1200, it was a mid range Sony made of cheap looking plastic with a massive back sticking out and just not ‘premium’ looking.
    I rejected it straight off & after they wouldn’t initially back down started a dispute; certain features on flagship TVs never work their way down to cheaper models regardless of the TVs age, for me the ultra slim depth & screen bezel, metal side bezel, non-reflective screen & 10P white balance was essential, they all come with fancy remotes too. My tv had hand gesture control as well as voice control which is normal now with but was a major premium feature at the time. Most important of all was a set that could use Samsung’s no-gap wall mount which makes the TV hang completely flush against the wall & normally only available on a the top and second from top model.

    After multiple conversations and trying to explain that flagship models have features that don’t change over time and having dug my heals in they offered me £1799 for the Q90T, their ‘independant’ assesor insisted that Samsung no longer made a tv thst was 3cm deep or had a model that could use a no-gap wall mount.

    I called Samsung for advice & they told me the flagship 4 & 8K models did have these features so after another two weeks of disagreement, walking an underwriter click by click through the CurrysPCWorld website (which the independant assesor uses to compare models) & then cross referencing with the Samsung website (as well as enquiring if my extra legal cover could be used to pay for costs if I decided to challenge their descision in court) we started to understand where each orher was coming from.

    They finally agreed to match my tv with the Q95T; £1999 plus £250 compensation for incorrectly assessing the TVs (my premium will now probably go through the roof when it’s up for renewal though).

    From what I can make out the 2021 Samsung 4 & 8k flagship TVs are identical to the next models down apart from accommodating the no-gap wall mount & hence having one connect boxes, that alone is £300 and the wall mount is another £200. So if I stick with a Samsung set it looks like I’ll still need to find an extra 2 to £3000 because I’ll have to go up to an 85” for the same wow factor a 65” had in 2014.

    I almost went out and bought the 2020 model as soon as the money came through but fortunately read up on the soon to be released 2021 models with the micro LED backlighting (now I’m reading up on the 2022 sets based on quantum dot OLEDs, another huge leap forward over the

    I was actually really happy with my 1080tv, I had it calibrated when I got it and I suppose because I’ve not been spoilt with HDR, Dolby vision etc love the picture especially the 3D functionality, solely used for watching well made classic 3D films on BluRay.

    I have to say I was quite upset with how they assess TVs though. Of course a 2013/14 1080 tv looses a lot of value over 6 years and all TVs seem to be a minimum of 4K now. 65” is pretty standard too so you could say a £600 4K tv is an upgrade over any 1080 model.

    With a lot of perseverance my argument that the esthetics of the flagship models is timeless and their design even when they’re turned off is really eye catching & doesn’t change over time did win out in the end but it was harder work on Han it should of been.

    Now I just have to pick a new TV. My eyes aren’t as good as they use to be so I don’t see the point of an 8K tv. I had convinced myself even 4K wouldn’t be noticeable over my trusted F8000 but going up to 85” 4K makes more sense.
    8K on the other hand.. I can’t see content being available probably untill full LED array displays are common in another 6 or so years so may as well wait. Also streaming 8K over WiFi could be problematic, even with a wide connection and an unshared 5g channel could be problematic so the 8K set should be off the table but…Samsung’s 2021 8K flagship model the QN950A has a completely bezel-less screen which looks stunning -course the identical 4K model (QN95A) has a small (but still noticeable bezel). The price difference is rediculous, I would never have considered spending out that sort of money and would have just settled with the 4K model and just been envious of the 8K version but in the back of my head I know the insurance money is pretty much the price difference between the two models so it does (using warped logic of a gadget freak) make the 8K set just about obtainable just not reasonable and definitely not value for money.

    Any opinions or suggestions on what you might do would be much appreciated.



  21. Nizar SADELLAH on April 25, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Very excited about the latest announcement from Philips. Do you think their new Mini LED could compete with the likes of Samsung (QLED), LG (QNED) or Sony?



  22. finn1951 on April 25, 2021 at 3:37 am

    I hope that they are more reliable than the crap that’s on the market because all i’m getting out from a TV is around 2 years !! and they were both Samsung .



  23. Neil O'Connor on April 25, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Homes under the hammer lol



  24. Rory Walter on April 25, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Me with my CRT TV



  25. Reza Nabulsi on April 25, 2021 at 3:38 am

    I was the 69th like



  26. andrew wells on April 25, 2021 at 3:40 am

    still have crt tv!



  27. Irina Kolcheva on April 25, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Very useful video! Thanks a lot! QNED looks the best. 🙂



  28. yys msd on April 25, 2021 at 3:45 am

    what?



  29. blooskys1 on April 25, 2021 at 3:46 am

    Why?…. Pointless… Most streaming media won’t have the bandwidth. Computers and laptop screens will be the same pointless! So who are they for? A person who lives next to a data centre? Not going to sell many at those prices if they exist at all…



  30. HUNKY06 on April 25, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Well done for explaining Chris, remember not the 9o`clock news? What do I do with my old 78s



  31. Boo Jackson on April 25, 2021 at 3:47 am

    My booze of choice..coffee ☕



  32. Brian D'Souza on April 25, 2021 at 3:50 am

    LCD Backlight: LED, QLED, QNED, MiniLED
    True LEDs: OLED, AMOLED, MicroLED



  33. Robert Waithaka on April 25, 2021 at 3:50 am

    QNED’s ,OLED’s and QLED’s…..too little organs to sell for 8k. Got to take a senzu for this one



  34. Barry G on April 25, 2021 at 3:51 am

    I only watch old repeats of Bullseye, will they look any better ?…"and this is what you could of won a 60" QNED Telly"



  35. Bloody Pulp on April 25, 2021 at 3:53 am

    TV’s dont matter



  36. Dan's Poker VLOG - Free Poker Training and Advice on April 25, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Yeah the difference is price. Buy a $400 hdtv and you’ll be happy. You don’t need opleqefhd



  37. Frank Brüning on April 25, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Hello from Germany ☕ Are here people from Germany to write in germsn? I thought QNEDs are LCDs.



  38. wombat1238 marsupial on April 25, 2021 at 3:56 am

    that’s what we really want more acronyms to battle with



  39. Scott on April 25, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Had a LG CX for 3.5 weeks and got burn in down in the bottom left hand of the screen :(. The HUD from Red Dead Redemption 2 did the burn in. Only had 49 hours on the LG also. So the tv store switched me into a Samsung Q90T and the brightness difference is massive. The LG was kinda dark in my medium lit room. And the colours on the 90T are nice and vibrant. I’m wondering if I should of waited for the Samsung QN90A micro led. But I also don’t wanna piss the store off and exchange this tv too. What would you guys do… any advise here?



  40. TiME TRAVELER FROM FUTURE on April 25, 2021 at 4:01 am

    🧐Micro Led is Ultra Instinct .💙



  41. Sudhanshu Gupta on April 25, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Thanks for information sir thanks 🙂



  42. Kevin Pfannmuller on April 25, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Most TVs are looking so good recently. I honestly bet the average consumer would be fairly happy with just about anything- but I do totally respect those who need the best of the best. I was trying to choose between a couple Hisense models a few months ago. Both were priced almost the same but ended up going with the one with slightly worse specs because I loved the stand and the overall design of it much more. The picture should be technically better on the other model but when I got mine in my apartment with nothing to compare to I think it looks pretty darn good. Anyway everybody enjoy your new TVs no matter what you get!



  43. Shilvio D. Linton on April 25, 2021 at 4:03 am

    … I like my projector. When the lamp dies, I’ll think of upgrading. [or finding a replacement bulb]



  44. Mark Wrigley on April 25, 2021 at 4:03 am

    This is to confusing, I’m going to Qbed



  45. Raviraj Joshi on April 25, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Which is Best then – QLED, QNED or OLED ?



  46. Charon's boat on April 25, 2021 at 4:05 am

    Yeah, if only there was anything good to watch on this TVs.



  47. Cameron Allison on April 25, 2021 at 4:05 am

    I use 6 OLED devices – TV/monitor, 2 laptops, tablet, phone, and a smartwatch. So I can confidently say, OLED all the way 🙂



  48. Patrick W on April 25, 2021 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for the info. 🙂

    I think we’re being led down the garden path.

    (See what I did there?)

    I’ll fetch me coat.

    They do say that the human eye only sees with the equivalent of a set amount if pixels. So, really they can throw as many as they like at us and, eventually, it really won’t make a difference, surely?



  49. Jason Whelton on April 25, 2021 at 4:06 am

    I love homes under the hammer hahaha 👍



  50. Tony Hill on April 25, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Unfortunately, the better and thinner the screens get, the shitter the sound gets without additional speakers. I would hazard a guess that only 20%of families have additional speakers etc, which leaves most of us getting a generally quite poor sound experience.