Odds are you've seen an HDR photo, so you know what the added range can do for an image. Now imagine that image as a video in 4K resolution, and you've got an idea of what to expect from the Vizio Reference Series TV. The 65-inch set is the first on the market to Dolby Vision, using quantum dots and other cutting-edge tech to deliver a picture far beyond that of any common set, with over one billion possible colors. It's powered by a six-core processor, supports both 4K and HDR streaming content, and has a built-in 3-channel sound bar, paired with an included wireless 10-inch subwoofer and satellite speakers for out-of-the-box 5.1 surround sound. Also available in a staggeringly large, $130,000 120-inch model.
With access to more 4K content than any other streaming box, the Roku 4 makes a strong case for taking up an HDMI port on your UHD set. Its quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi let it support 4K streams at up to 60 fps, and a dedicated 4K spotlight section makes it easy to find high-res content from Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. Its remote lets you search for shows and movies using nothing but your voice and has a headphone jack for private listening, and the box has a dedicated button for helping you find it when it's slipped down between the cushions on your couch.
Cord cutting is a real trend. But if you're not ready to wean yourself off the cable TV teat just yet, the Tivo Bolt can at least improve your experience. This 4K-capable box lets you skip entire commercial breaks with a single button press, and offers Tivo's renowned universal search across all your cable channels, OTA feeds, and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Its Cable Card slot lets you ditch your crappy set top box, the new QuickMode lets you watch slow-moving recorded shows up to 30% faster without audio distortion, and it can record up to four shows at once. Available 500GB and 1TB models, with the ability to add more storage by hooking up an external drive.
It's not the first remote capable of controlling a smart home. It's just one of the first to be designed with that in mind. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote builds on the company's legacy of rock solid remotes with an improved layout and buttons dedicated to home automation control. Despite the changes, it keeps the best features of the company's prior flagships, including a color touchscreen, vibration feedback, and an included Hub that lets you control your entire setup remotely via the Harmony app, even if your gear is inside a cabinet or in another room.
It doesn't look like any set you'll find on the wall of your local big box retailer. And that's the whole point. Designed by the Parisian duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif TV is more like a piece of furniture than a soulless black screen. From the side, the TV's shape resembles a capital "I", with the bottom serif serving as a sturdy base, and the top acting like a shelf. The collection includes three screen sizes, comes in white, dark blue, and red, can be used with optional legs, and unfortunately won't be on sale anytime soon.