Looking to get a new high-definition (HD) flat panel television for that special someone this Christmas and holiday season? Picking the right television can be a daunting task with tons of brands and models to choose from. International Business Times comes to the rescue with our top picks for all types of budgets.
Compact and Budget Friendly:
LG 32” LED HDTV (32LN5300)
If you’re looking for an HDTV that outputs full HD 1080p resolution, but physical space is an issue, take a look at the LG (KRX:003550) 32LN5300 32” LED 1080p 60Hz TV. While it lacks smart TV features, you can save a couple hundred dollars with this HDTV, with prices as low as $279.99. If you have devices such as an Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV or even a next-gen console such as the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One and Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 (PS4), you probably won’t be missing those features too much anyways.
Smart TV Features At Value Pricing:
Samsung 40” 1080p LED Smart HDTV (UN40EH5300)
When you hear that a television has an LED display, that’s sort of a misnomer, since the display is actually a LCD screen, backlit with light emitting diodes, or LEDs. This allows for thinner flat panel televisions compared to LCD screens backlit with cold-cathode fluorescent lights, or CCFLs.
With that in mind, if you’re looking for a balance between size, power consumption and price, the Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) UN40EH5300 40” smart HDTV is a television worth your consideration. Built in Wi-Fi, 1080p resolution, and smart TV features such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and other streaming applications further enhance its value with prices as low as $478.
Big-Screen Minus The Big Budget:
Vizio 60” 1080p 120Hz Razor LED Smart HDTV (E601i-A3)
Vizio was a relatively unknown brand in its earlier years, but over time it has been able to prove itself with its selection of HDTVs that balance quality with affordability. The Vizio 60” 1080p LED Smart HDTV is a great option for a television with extra space, and a fast refresh rate of 120Hz, which helps prevent screen flicker. Along with its Smart TV functions and built in Wi-Fi, it’s a great addition to a home theater on a budget at prices as low as $849.99.
Panasonic Smart Viera 50” 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (TC-L50ET60)
In-plane switching (IPS) LCD screens provide the benefit of accurate colors and wider viewing angles. If you’re buying an HDTV for someone who enjoys using cutting edge technology, the Panasonic (TYO:6752) Smart Viera 50” is a great choice with its IPS LED-backlit LCD display and a fast 120hz refresh rate, so flickering is not an issue. 3D support and the Panasonic Viera’s smart TV functions are a welcome addition as well. The Panasonic Smart Viera 50” 1080p Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV can be purchased for around $1299.99.
The Bigger, The Better:
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e
If you want a screen larger than 60 inches, nix the television in its entirety and go for a home theater solution such as the Epson (TYO:6724) PowerLite 3020e. 1080p resolution, bright colors, deep black levels and 3D support allow you to get the most out of your big screen, wherever you choose to project it. With five wireless HDMI inputs, you won’t have any trouble connecting your devices to it as well. The Epson PowerLite 3020e is available for around $1,899.