Black Friday is right around the corner, and if you are like me you are in the market for a new TV. This isn’t like it was in what my kids call the dinosaur ages when I was growing up. I remember my first TV as an “adult” – I was 18 but now realize I was nowhere near as grown as I thought I was!.
I bought a 27″ RCA stereo TV and thought is was this absolute coolest thing I had ever seen! I actually lugged that big ol’ TV around for nearly 20 years, letting my son use it until it finally gave out a few years ago.
It is a different day and age now. You go into any electronic store and head over to the televisions. and you will see all kinds of different sizes, brands, and types of TV’s. Gone are the days of the bulky TVs that took two people to carry anything bigger than a 19″. There are TVs now that are not much thicker than a credit card! That being said, let’s look into what to look for this Black Friday when searching for your new smart TV on Amazon.
LED, 4K, LCD, 1080p, what does all of this mean?
Just in case you are curious, LCD stands for liquid crystal display, which have been the main display type of television sold for over a decade. LED is just a type of LCD TV, which stands for light-emitting diodes. Unless you bought your TV when I bought my amazing RCA, you have an LED TV.
If you haven’t bought a TV in a few years, you are probably watching programs on a 1080p television. Although there is a bunch of scientific jargon that would explain what that is, all you really care about is what does this mean for you right? Basically, with a 1080p TV you are seeing approximately 2 million pixels. By now, I am sure you have seen the 4K TVs being sold anywhere that sells them. For comparison’s sake, on a 4K TV there are 8 million pixels!
Just because TV companies like to be fancy, you may have seen some TVs advertised as Ultra HD. While this isn’t exactly false advertising, it is the just another way of describing a 4K television.
How Big of a TV do I need?
This really depends on where you are putting your TV. If you are looking for a bedroom TV, 32″ should be plenty, where as a living room TV you may want a 55″. Obviously budget fits in here too, if you only have $300 to spend, that 65″ beauty will probably have to wait until next time.
Remember that these sizes are measured diagonally, not side to side. The best thing to do in my opinion is to head up to the electronic store and see what size looks the best for you.
Do I want a Smart TV?
Most TVs now days are smart TVs, which just means that they are basically ready to be connected to the internet without any other device (Roku, PlayStation, etc.) It makes things much more simple if you like to stream Netflix or Hulu on your TV. You will want to make sure that you see which type of smart TV you are looking at.
There are a lot of smart TVs that come with Roku already programmed, and I personally have used a LG smart tv and really like the user interface of it, as it was very easy to switch back and forth between apps. Other companies are coming out with their own version of smart TV programming, such as Samsung and Amazon, so there isn’t a drop off among the higher end TV companies these days.
Where you need to worry is if there is no specific operating system for the smart TV. You will still be able to use it to stream your shows, but there are no guarantees that you will not come across playability problems in the future.
If you find a TV that you love and it isn’t a smart TV, don’t worry. Pick up a Roku or Amazon firestick and connect that to your TV and you will be able to use all of the functions of a smart TV.
Which Brand should I be looking for?
A lot of this comes down to budget. If you have a few more dollars to spend, obviously you will want a Sony or a Samsung television. LG is another company that has become one of the top TV producers in recent years. Of course, if you still want that big TV but don’t quite have the budget, there are plenty of lower end television companies that put out high quality products, that just do not have the name recognition as those other brands. Vizio is one brand that I have had and enjoyed in the past.
There are almost unlimited variables that you can look for when looking for a new TV. One of the most important is the amount of HDMI ports, you will want at least 4. If you have a blu ray player and a video game system attached to your TV that is 2 ports used already.
The refresh rate is also something to look at, 60 hz is fairly standard but 120 is the lowest you will want if you want to have the TV for awhile. The new fad is a curved TV, which is supposed to immerse you into the television more, but honestly I do not think it is worth the extra cost.
You may see an 8K TV while you are shopping, but it is a little early to get one of those. Although you are now talking about 16 million pixels, there is not any content made for an 8K TV, and streaming in 4K is already too much for most people’s internet connection, so obviously not ready for more bandwidth.
Here are 5 of the best deals on TVs you will find on Amazon:
Hisense 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV HDR
Hisense is one of those brands that puts out high quality products, but not at the level of Sony or Samsung. a 50″ 4k smart tv for only $269 is not a bad deal at all, and the HDR (high dynamic range) will give you an even better picture.
Samsung 50″ Smart 4K UHD TV W/ Bundle
For another $90, you can get a similar TV from Samsung. This also comes with a nice bundle, with 2 – 6ft HDMI cables, as well as TV cleaner (if you have kids this will come in handy!) and a 6 plug surge protector with night light!
TCL 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV
TCL is budget friendly as well, as this 4K TV with Roku and HDR comes in 4 different sizes, from 42″ to 75″. Perfect for wherever you want to place it in your house.
Sony 55 Inch TV: 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility
If you are looking for the top of the line, this TV is now selling for only $698 (was $799). A little more expensive than the other TVs on this list, but you get the name backing of Sony. The 55″ is actually less than the 43″ and 49″ right now, so definitely look into this if you are looking for a good deal!
LG 49-inch HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV (2019) Bundle
This LG TV comes with a nice array of items for the cost of similar TVs at that size. You get a Deco Mount flat wall mounting kit, a Deco Gear wireless backlit keyboard, as well as a 6-outlet surge adapter with a nightlight. Very nice deal with lots of extras!
Well there you go, 5 of the best deals you will find on Amazon. As it gets closer to Black Friday I will be looking for better deals, so check in often to see what else there is. If you have any questions or if you have any of these TVs, please leave those below. Have a great Day!
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