Holiday Gift Guide: HDTVs
Do you have a friend or family member who's looking for a Smart TV to get access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus? Are you looking for a gift for someone who's ready to jump to a 3D set? We've compiled a list of great HDTVs that may be exactly what you are looking for this year.
32-inch and Under
Sharp AQUOS LC32LE440U 32" 720p LED-LCD
The Sharp LC-32LE440U 32-inch AQUOS 720p LED-LCD HDTV offers NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners with 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB input and 1 HD Component input. Additionally, the Sharp television features Edge lit LED which provides a natural vibrant picture at 720p resolution.
It features a high performance LCD panel for high brightness, a high 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, low-reflection glare protection and wide viewing angles. The Edge lit LED System illuminates the TV and enables significant environmental benefits such as longer life expectancy, no mercury and lower power consumption.
Keep in mind that the set is 60Hz, lower than more expensive sets with 120Hz or 240Hz. This means you will experience more blurring during high-motion video such as a football game or other sporting events.
Regarding price point, the Sharp LC-32LE440U has an MSRP of around $380. However, deals on the set can go as low at $280. This is a solid HDTV for a secondary bedroom or someone's first apartment.
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Samsung UN32EH5300 1080p 32" LED
If you are ready to jump into streaming video applications and over cool apps, then you should look into the Samsung UN32EH5300 32-inch 1080p LED television. With built-in Wi-Fi, no additional equipment is needed to connect with an existing wireless router in your home network and start accessing Samsung Apps or other Smart TV features. It also comes Skype ready (requires purchase of additional camera).
Providing full HD 1080p resolution, this 32-inch LED set offers 3 HDMI inputs, 3,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 120Hz clear motion. Other ports include two USB ports, one DVI input, one digital optical port, one component input and one composite input.
Regarding price point, the MSRP on the Samsung UN32EH5300 set is approximately $580. However, deals on the set can be found in the $350 to $400 range. This is a great set for someone who really isn't interested in 3D, but wants to use smart applications like Netflix and Hulu Plus without requiring a secondary streaming device.
Toshiba 24SL410U 24" 1080p LED-LCD
Ideal for small spaces, the 24-inch SL410U LED HDTV provides exceptional resolution on a relatively small screen. Driven by LED backlight technology, this TV displays images using liquid crystal illumination like traditional LCD models. But unlike LCD TVs, the LED backlight is made of several light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The result is a picture offering deeper blacks, brighter whites and vivid colors.
Beyond 1080p resolution, the set offers two HDMI inputs, one component input, one composite input, one PC input and one USB input. However, keep in mind that this set is 60Hz and you could see motion blurring during live action events. For gamers, there's a setting that reduces game controller delay.
Regarding price point, the MSRP of the Toshiba set is around $280. However, you should be able to find deals on this set in the $125 to $150 range. This is an ideal set for a college student's dorm room as well as other tight spaces like the kitchen or a study.
40 to 50-inch
Samsung UN40EH6030 40" 1080p 3D LED
If your friend or family member is absolutely in love with 3D movies, the Samsung UN40EH6030 is a good place to start for an entry level 3D television. Two Samsung SSG-4100GB 3D glasses (MSRP $20) are included with purchase to allow you to view 3D images.
Beyond the 1080p full HD resolution, the LED television set also has an impressive clear motion rate of 240Hz. LED televisions at 240Hz can display action-packed movement with sharp detail and deeper levels of contrast while eliminating the vast majority of image distortion.
In addition, the set comes with two HDMI inputs, one USB input, one component input and one composite input. Regarding price point, the Samsung UN40EH6030 has an MSRP of about $930. However, deals on the 40-inch set can be found in the $475 to $525 range. This is a good sized set for an apartment.
Sony BRAVIA KDL-42EX440 42" 1080p Edge-Lit LED
This set includes Sony's 24p True Cinema technology which allows the TV to maintain a movie’s original 24 frames per second (fps) rate so it looks less like television and more like it would in the movie theater. In addition, it's rated at 120Hz and includes a noise reduction mode.
When it comes to inputs, the 1080p set comes with two HDMI inputs, one component input, one composite input, one USB port and one digital audio output.
Regarding price, the MSRP on the 42-inch television set is approximately $650. However, the set can be purchased for around $500 when on sale. This set is a solid size for an average sized living room or perhaps a large bedroom.
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LG 47LM4600 47" 1080p 3D LED Slim HDTV
Definitely for someone looking for a slightly larger 3D set, the LG 47LM4600 LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV provides a slim profile and delivers great brightness, clarity and color detail. In addition, it's more energy efficient than conventional LCD TVs.
Beyond the 1080p resolution, the set offers a 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2D-to-3D conversion mode, 16:9 movie mode and a refresh rate of 120Hz.
In addition, there are a decent amount of inputs for the user. The set includes three HDMI inputs, one USB input, two component inputs, one PC input and one digital audio out.
Regarding price, the MSRP of the LG 47-inch 3D 1080p television is around $1,100. However, deals on the set can be found in the $650 price range. This is a great set for a moderate size living room in a home.
50-inch and above
LG 55G2 55" 3D 1080p LED
For the consumer who wants to take a chance on Google TV and is looking for a great 3D experience on a large set, you don't really have to look any further than the LG 55G2 LED television.
Including six pairs of 3D glasses for friends and family, this 1080p set offers a 120Hz refresh rate, 2D-to-3D conversion mode, resolution upscaler and LG's Intelligent Sensor to automatically adjust picture quality dependent on lighting.
Using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, users can utilize a variety of streaming video applications in addition to searching Google TV for new content. When it comes to inputs, the set has four HDMI inputs, three USB inputs, one component input, one composite input and one PC input.
Regarding price, the MSRP on this 55-inch LG is an astounding $2,300. However, deals on this set can be found in the $1150 to $1250 price range. This is an excellent set for a large living room in a home as well as a small dedicated home theater.
Sony KDL-55EX640 55" LED
Once again, here's a set for anyone who doesn't want to put a pair of 3D glasses on their face to watch TV. The Sony KDL-55EX640 55-inch 1080p LED television is a slim set that offers an absolutely tremendous picture quality.
The edge-lit LED set includes features such as a 240Hz refresh rate, Sony's 24p True Cinema technology, clear image enhancer and digital noise reduction. The set is also Skype ready and includes a Wi-Fi adapter to stream content directly to the television.
Offering a significant amount of ports, the set comes with four HDMI inputs, two USB inputs, one component video input, two composite video inputs, one PC input and one digital audio output.
Regarding price point, the MSRP on the 55-inch Sony set is approximately $1,800. However, deals on the large set can be found in the $1050 range. Similar to the previous Samsung, this set is ideal for a large living room or small dedicated home theater.
LG 60PA6500 60" 1080p Plasma
For those who believe bigger is better, it's tough to beat the value of the 60-inch LG 60PA6500 1080p plasma television set. While more power hungry and heavier than an LED set, the price point on the LG set is highly competitive.
Beyond the 1080p resolution, the LG set offers a 600Hz refresh rate, an extremely thin 2-inch depth, 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and LG's Intelligent Sensor for light calibration. However, the set weighs approximately 80 pounds without the stand.
Regarding inputs, the set offers three HDMI inputs, one USB input, two component inputs, one composite input and one PC input.
When it comes to price point, the MSRP on the 60-inch LG set is about $1,500. However, recent deals on this set can be found around the $850 price range.