HDTV Product Roundup: Featuring popular models from LG, TCL, and Samsung

HDTVs and More profiles five name brand high-def displays, ranging in screen sizes from 32” to 55” diagonally. The 49” and 55” models will serve well in a small to medium sized viewing area, while the 32” and 48” models are great for a bedroom/dorm room setup or other similar sized viewing environment.

The models listed here are all LED type displays with either 720p, 1080p or 4K UHD screen resolutions. Pricing ranges from $199.00 to $1,297.99. All models currently available at Amazon.com

Each of these TVs have their pros and cons, inquire below to see which of these models maybe a good fit for you…

 

LG Electronics 49LF5500 49-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

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LG 49LF5500

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (direct)
  • Smart Functionality: No
  • Inputs: 2 HMDI, 1 USB 2.0, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), 1 RS232

Pros:

  • Good color accuracy
  • Low input lag – good for gaming
  • Good side angle viewing characteristics
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • No smart TV capability
  • Contrast levels could be better
  • Only two HDMI inputs

 

LG Electronics 55LF6100 55-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV

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LG 55LF6100

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (direct)
  • Smart Functionality: yes
  • Inputs: 3 HMDI, 3 USB 2.0, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), 1 RS232
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • Web browser
  • VA panel

Pros:

  • Great contrast
  • good black levels
  • Accurate color reproduction

Cons:

  • Side angle viewing contrast and color saturation loss
  • Noticeable motion blur on fast action content

 

TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p 60Hz Roku Smart LED TV

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TCL 32S3800

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (direct)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – Roku TV Streaming Platform
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite, 1 Headphone Jack, Digital Optical Audio Out
  • Dual-band built-in Wi-Fi

Pros:

  • Roku streaming built-in
  • Good entry-level TV
  • Adequate picture quality
  • Low input lag – good for video gaming

Cons:

  • No Ethernet connection port
  • Picture quality not as good as some entry level TV brands
  • Black levels not very dark – grayish blacks
  • Side angle viewing reveals some contrast and color saturation loss

 

Samsung UN48JU6700 Curved 48-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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Samsung JU6700

  • Refresh Rate: 120 CMR (Effective) 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED direct lit
  • Smart Functionality: Yes – with Tizen O/S
  • Built in Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB 2.0, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Digital Optical Audio Out
  • Quad-Core processor
  • DirectTV 4k Ready
  • Smart Touch remote control
  • Bluetooth: Yes

Pros:

  • Good overall picture quality
  • Very bright picture – ideal for brightly lit viewing area
  • Very low input lag- great for video gaming
  • Playstation Now PS3 game streaming
  • Built-in web browser
  • 4K upscaling

Cons:

  • Slight motion blur issues – not a deal breaker
  • No 24p support – motion judder can be an issue with 24fps based movies
  • Some contrast and color saturation loss when viewing TV a wide angles

 

Samsung UN55JS7000 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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Samsung JS7000

  • SUHD Series (Premium lineup))
  • Nano Crystal Color technology (quantum dots)
  • Refresh Rate: 120CMR (Effective) 60Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED direct lit
  • Smart Functionality: Yes- with Tizen O/S
  • Built in Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Digital Optical Audio Out

Pros:

  • Excellent color reproduction
  • Nano Crystal technology allows for a wider color gamut
  • Low input lag – ideal for video gaming
  • 4k upscaling
  • Good TV for bright viewing environment
  • IPS panel – very good for wide angle picture viewing

Cons:

  • No 24p support – motion judder can be an issue with 24fps based movies
  • IPS panel – renders insufficient contrast and black levels on this display

 

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