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Tech Guide’s 2018 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 10: TVs/Blu-ray/4K

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We’re getting even closer to Christmas and the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas is here to help you nail the present choices for your friends and family.

Today is Day 10 and we’re looking home entertainment products like TVs, 4K UHD players and 4K and Blu-ray movies.

Here are Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas:

Day 1: Cameras

Day 2: Smartphones

Day 3: Wearables/smartwatches

Day 4: Headphones/speakers

DAY 5: Gaming

DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers

DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets

DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices

DAY 9: In-car gadgets

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K

DAY 11: Appliances

DAY 12: Computers

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K

Hisense OLED TV – from $3,499

Hisense has launched its first OLED TVs into the Australian market in addition to the company’s already popular ULED range.

The Hisense 4K OLED TVs are available in 55-inch ($3,499) and 65-inch ($4,999) models and have a super slim design.

The Hisense OLED TV has a similar design to the LG OLEDs, with super thin screen resting above a thicker base where the circuitry and inputs of the TV are located.

OLED TVs are quite thin because they do not require a backlight and in the case of the Hisense OLED, the screen is about the thickness a two dollar coin.

Read Tech Guide’s complete review of the Hisense OLED.

Panasonic FZ1000U and FZ950U OLED – from $3,849

Once you see the Panasonic OLED TVs – you can’t unsee them. The quality is so high, the colours so rich and the blacks so deep, anything else near them pales in comparison.

It’s now wonder Hollywood uses these same Panasonic OLED screens to determine the best quality for its films.

And Panasonic has brought that standard to our homes with the Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) – a 4K processor that delivers superior picture quality – with its new the FZ1000U and the FZ950U OLED TVs.

The only difference here is the addition of the Dynamic Blade Speaker on the FZ1000U. The OLED screens and quality are identical.

Read Tech Guide’s complete review of the Panasonic OLEDs.

TCL X4 55-inch QLED – $2,199

If there is one thing that TCL has demonstrated over the years is that it can deliver quality and value with its televisions and the new 2018 models are certainly no exception including the X4 QLED TV.

The 55-inch X4, at $2199, provides plenty of bang for your buck.

The TV has a virtually invisible bezel around the 4K QLED display so you’re getting a decent sized picture without having a massive TV in front of you.

And running below the screen are built in Harman Kardon speakers so the X4 can deliver impressive audio with its impressive picture quality,

Read Tech Guide’s complete review of the TCL X4.

LG C8 OLED TV – $4,099

LG has delivered a standout product with its new C8 OLED TV. It’s a standout because it is brilliant both in design and the quality of the experience it provides and a standout because it sets itself apart from any other TV on the market.

Just take one look at the TV – even before you’ve pressed the on button on the remote – and you’ll be impressed.

LG has cracked the code on successfully producing OLED TV panels and now supplies the world.

LG Displays actually provides the screens for the other OLED TVs on the market sold by Sony and Panasonic.

And among the many strengths of OLED is the fact that it does not need a backlight.

The result is an incredibly thin screen. In the case of the C8, the display is the thickness of a $2 coin.

Read Tech Guide’s complete review of the LG C8 OLED.

Samsung QLED Series 9 – $5,899

Samsung’s new 2018 Series 9 QLED TVs are nothing short of remarkable – not only is the picture quality stunning but the design and features also contribute to make the new television a compelling package.

The Samsung 2018 QLED Series 9 TVs, available in 75-inch and 65-inch, have super thin bezels which are virtually non-existent so all you see is the picture.

The television gets out of the way of itself so all you can see is the screen.

And what a screen it is – 4K Ultra High Definition resolution and Quantum Dot technology onboard as well.

Read Tech Guide’s complete review of the Samsung QLED Series 9.

The UB9000 4K UHD Blu-ray player

Panasonic UB9000 4K UHD player – $1,649

The Panasonic UB9000 include the HCX 4K processor as well as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision compatibility.

The ultra-premium DP-UB9000 will also support analogue 7.1 channel audio with a direct connection to a home theatre system for stunning surround sound.

The UB9000 4K UHD Blu-ray player

The reference class UB9000 includes a dedicated audio power supply, a high-performance D/A converter and XLR-balanced output.

The THX certification will reproduce the filmmaker’s vision accurately with accurate video and audio quality.

www.panasonic.com.au

Braveheart 4K UHD – $39.95

Braveheart isa thrilling historical action adventure directed by and starring Mel Gibson as Scottish warrior hero William Wallace.

Based on an epic poem detailing the 13th-century war of Scottish independence against England’s King Edward I, the film unspools like a classic Hollywood-style period swashbuckler – albeit one with the extremely modern addition of some of the most graphically violent battle scenes ever filmed.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film won five, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Predator 4K UHD – $39.95

From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series.

Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before.

And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.