Five 1080p HDTVs Profiled from LG, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Vizio

1080p TVs – Still a Good Choice for High Definition Viewing

Are you in the market for a new TV, but still not concerned or interested in the latest rave of 4K Ultra HD TVs that are taking over the television landscape? If so, you should know there are still plenty of 1080p HDTVs currently available, although in much smaller numbers and available models since manufacturers are now focusing most of their production efforts on 4K models. With that said, 1080p models still deliver excellent picture quality and usable features such as a decent smart TV interface/platform, all at a cheaper price.

The selection of 1080p displays compiled here are from LG, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Vizio, while covering the 50″, 55″ and 60″ screen sizes, and range in price from $548.00 to $750.00.

Each of these TVs are LED designs and offer good performance. I have highlighted their main features and listed their pros and cons. The info presented here was based on research I conducted before writing this article. Inquire below to see which of these models maybe a good fit for you.

LG 55LH5750

LG 55LH5750 55″ Smart LED TV

Price: $599.99

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Features:

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Edge-lit LED backlighting
  • webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform
  • Triple XD Processing Engine
  • 60Hz native refresh rate
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 RS232C, 1 Ethernet
  • Outputs: 1 Digital optical

Pros:

  • Overall solid picture quality
  • Good black levels and contrast range
  • Good black screen uniformity
  • Excellent webOS 3.0 smart TV platform

Cons:

  • Side angle picture viewing color saturation and contrast loss – typical for LED TVs
  • Motion blur can be an issue while watching sports events with fast action
  • No Magic Remote – includes basic IR remote

Samsung K6250

Samsung K6250 55″ Curved Smart LED TV

Price: $749.99

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Features:

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Edge-lit LED backlighting
  • Tizen smart TV OS
  • DirecTV ready
  • Curved panel design
  • Micro Dimming Pro – provides darker blacks and brighter whites
  • 60Hz native refresh rate
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet
  • Outputs: 1 Digital optical

Pros:

  • Decent color reproduction
  • Good contrast and black level capabilities
  • Tizen smart TV OS
  • Good upscaling

Cons:

  • Motion judder may be visible to some viewers during movie watching
  • Picture not as bright as some other LED TVs but still satisfactory

Sharp LC-60N5100U

Sharp LC-60N5100U 60″ Smart LED TV

Price: $548.00

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Features:

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Full-Array LED backlighting
  • 60Hz native refresh rate
  • Aquomotion – for motion blur reduction
  • Ultra Slim design
  • dbx-tv sound technology for better sound quality
  • Built-in apps, App store, web browser
  • Media player/Receiver
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet, 1 PC In (1-15 pin D-sub)
  • Outputs: 1 Digital optical

Pros:

  • Good overall picture quality
  • Decent sound quality for a flat panel TV

Cons:

  • Color saturation and contrast loss when viewed from side angles

Sony KDL55W650D

Sony KDL55W650D 55″ Smart LED TV

Price: $599.00

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Features:

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Direct-lit LED backlighting
  • 60Hz native refresh rate
  • X- Reality Pro – Upscales picture image for better picture quality
  • Motionflow XR 240 – for motion blur reduction
  • Built-in cable management system on back of panel to keep wires out of sight.
  • Smart TV platform to enjoy your streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet
  • Outputs: 1 Digital optical

Pros:

  • Crisp and sharp picture image
  • Vibrant color reproduction
  • Good contrast range
  • Decent black levels
  • Good upscaling of 480p and 720p sources to near 1080p quality
  • Can accept a 4K signal but down coverts it to 1080p

Cons:

  • Minimal smart TV platform functionality and features
  • Motion judder may be visible with non 24p signals ( movie content with 60p or 60i signals instead of 24p signal).
  • Picture loses contrast and color saturation with side angle viewing

 

Vizio D60-D3

Vizio D60-D3  60″ Smart LED TV

Price: $599.99

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Features:

  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Full-Array LED backlighting with local dimming
  • 10 active LED zones
  • 60Hz native refresh rate
  • Clear Action 240 for motion blur reduction
  • Vizio Internet Apps PLUS smart TV platform – apps include Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and many more
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet
  • Outputs: 1 Digital optical, 1 Analog audio

Pros:

  • Full-Array LED backlighting with local dimming for great contrast range and deep black levels
  • Deep black level capability
  • Very good black field screen uniformity
  • Detailed picture image
  • Vibrant and accurate color reproduction
  • Good motion blur control

Cons:

  • Side angle picture viewing suffers from color saturation and contrast loss
  • Upscaling of 480p and 720p sources could be better and can appear a bit soft

 

Hope the info presented here helps you make an informed decision and takes some of the guess work out of finding a decent 1080p HDTV to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

 

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