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The Best Cheap LCD TV
The Best cheap LCD TVs Of Every Size
This page offers a buyers guide to the best cheap LCD TV's currently on the market. UPDATED MARCH 2013
LCD TV's range in size from 15 inches to more than 60 inches. Brighter than plasma TV's they are generally a better choice in bright rooms or when they will be used to play video games or for a PC. This is because you should not display static or still images on a plasma screen as it can leave ghosting on the screen from the image.
LCD TV's also use less power than a plasma TV so they cost you less to use each month too. This is the reason that 80% of TVs that are sold this year will be LCD rather than plasma.
Before buying an LCD there are several things that you need to consider such as screen size, HD compatibility and image frequency. If you already know everything you need to know about these factors please skip straight to the product reviews below by using the contents box underneath. For those of you for whom LCD TV buying is new, have a look at our quick buying guide below so that you understand what all of the technical terms mean.
We have selected the best cheap LCD TV's below based on considerations of price, features and customer review.
A great place to look for cheap LCD TV's is Amazon.com. Although they often don't show the price, if you have an idea of which TV you would like you can place them in your cart to discover the price. Amazon prices on such items are often spectacularly low.
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LCD Technical Terms - Buying Guide
In general the larger the screen the higher the price.
Screen Sizes come in 26, 32, 37, 40, 42, 46, 50 etc... the number increases all the time. What this number actually means though is the diagonal measurement from the top corner to the bottom of the screen. If you want a cinema like experience you want this number to be large. The table to the right shows recommended screen size according to the size of your room.
Full HD is 1080 lines per frame, but entry level LCD TVs start at 720 lines per frame. This is still much better than old style televisions that had little more than 500 lines per frame. In practical terms less lines per frame means less detail in HD.
Image frequency is the number of images displayed per second. Entry level TVs are 50HZ whereas higher specification models are 100HZ meaning that double the number of images are displayed per second. This means that movements on the tv appear more fluid and the image is smoother. It also means that the images appear sharper and more natural to the human eye.
If you watch a lot of sport look for a TV with a fast refresh rate so that the action is more fluid. This means 100hz rather than 50hz
Which Screen Size?
What size TV are you looking for?
More 26 Inch TVs - Click the images for Product details.
This little baby is 29 inches, but at this price it's a steal for the quality.
Great budget conscious choice. Although the sound isn't as good as on some other models, the picture quality is sharp and as good as many LCDs in a much higher price bracket.
32- Inch LCD TVs
The following televisions are currently the best options for cheap LCD tv's judged on price, features and popularity.
Prices where specified as "too low to display" are not allowed to be shown by the manufacturer as they fall below their minimum price. Clicking the buy now button will take you to the Amazon page where you can add to cart to check price before deciding whether to purchase.
Amazon's bestselling LCD TV and at a great price too!
Screen size: 32-inch class (31.5 inches diagonal)
Resolution: 1366 x 768 (720p HD)
Dynamic contrast ratio: 50,000:1
Viewing angle: 178 degrees horizontal/vertical
Response time: 4ms
Built-in tuner: ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM
Audio output: 14 watts (7W x 2)
Speaker system: 1-way, 2 speakers
Dolby Digital decoder: Yes
Surround system: Infinite Sound
Input labeling: Yes
Swivel stand: �20 degrees
VESA compliance: 200mm x 100mm
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
"This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. The TV is fantastic!, picture is bright, sharp, clear and gorgeous. The contrast ratio listed here is wrong though...it's not 50,000:1...it's actually 70,000:1...which is even better. I love the remote, easy to use menu and all the functions and options you can tweak. it's such an unbelievable difference seeing TV shows and movies in Hi Def."
40-42 Inch LCD TVs
Hitachi's new Alpha Series is a breakthrough line of HDTVs that deliver a remarkably high end viewing experience at an equally impressive and accessible prices. With 7 high definition inputs, a beautiful gloss black design and convenient swivel stand, Alpha Series gives you all the features you expect from Hitachi at prices that respond to today's demand for luxury and value.
"This Hitachi has a superb picture, easy to navigate menus, 4 HDMI jacks plus all the bells and whistles and under $600. I couldn't be more pleased and couldn't understand why anyone would pay upwards of $800 for a 42" LCD when this TV is available."
This tv has fantastic picture quality, the sound is great and the look and feel is top notch. Samsung make very good looking TVs and this one is no exception.
The downsides? Only 2 HDMI ports, and the fact that it's not a "smart TV" If these are things that are important to you, then this Samsung won't suit your needs.
If smart tv isn't important, and you don't need more than 2 HDMI ports (or you are willing to get a workaround like a splitter) then you will love this TV for it's quality picture, and overall great performance.
Great Value 46 inch screens
We judge best value as a combination of price, quality and customer satisfaction. Click the images for full details and pricing with no obligation.
50 Inch LCD TVs
This Vizio, under $700 at the time of review (March 2013) is a bargain. More energy efficient than other LCDs in its category it adjusts the picture to the rooms lighting, saving you from having to fiddle with the picture.
The sound quality on this TV is not as good as in more expensive models but is perfectly adequate for the average user, and can easily be hooked up to a home theater system to improve it. Overall, a great buy.
Our Top Pick 55inch TV
We've picked it before and we'll pick it again as this Samsung LED HDTV is just too good a bargain to miss. It's full HD which is vital when a TV gets to this size, and even at 55 inches has a great picture quality as well as great sound. With two HDMI ports, one USB port and a digital audio video output it has everything you need to use the TV exactly how you want.
Whilst this isn't a smart TV the USB does let you watch movies and look at photos direct from a USB stick.
Currently being sold for under $900 (March 2013) you could do a lot worse than this great value TV
Top Pick 60 inch+ TV
By definition, TVs this size are more expensive than those with a smaller screen size, so you want to get this purchase right. This TV below, as far as we are concerned, is the perfect blend of being cheap (for its size) but still having enough picture quality and features to a make it worth spending your hard earned cash on.
Other great 60 inch TVs
This Vizio TV is a little more competitive on price than the Samsung and also has the benefit of being a Smart TV, so if that is an important feature for you, we recommend this Vizio as your best option:
Have a little more money to spend? This Sony has great picture quality, great sound and looks good too. It's a little better spec'd that the Samsung too, with more input sources, and an inbuilt sensor that adjusts the picture according to the brightness of your room giving you a better viewing experience.