Hardware Beautiful TV in a living room

Published on January 30th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Super Bowl + Apple TV = New TV deals not to pass up

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, to buy a TV. Oh, and the Super Bowl too.

According to Consumer Reports and Gap Intelligence, now is the second-best time of the year to buy a new TV at some of the lowest prices ever. Retailers will be trying to clear out 2017 sets in anticipation of 2018 models that start arriving in a month or two. On average, Super Bowl sales push down prices by an average of 22 percent, and those deals tend to favor crowd-pleasing large-screen sets.

So with that in mind, here are five TVs in different price ranges that your Apple TV will thank you for hooking up to it….

Samsung 65-inch Smart LED

$848 on WalMart

The UN65MU6300 is Samsung’s mid-range 65-inch fourth generation of flat screen 4K Ultra HD TVs. A 4K Ultra HD TV provides 3840 x 2160 resolution, which is four times the resolution of HD. This allows you to sit closer to a larger TV and get the immersive movie theater experience. It’s quite versatile thanks in part to its high contrast which gives it decent picture quality in a dark room. Its input lag is also quite low, making it a good choice for gaming.

Sony Premium 65-inch Ultra HD Smart LED TV

$1,498 on Amazon

The top-rated Sony XBR-65X900E is one of Sony’s best 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2017. HDR allows for brighter more vivid colors that pop, and a wider range from dark to light. Excellent image quality, with deep black levels, accurate color, solid video processing and best-in-class high dynamic range performance. Its modern, minimalist styling is a cut above budget models.

LG Electronics 65-inch Ultra HD Smart LED TV

$1,297 on JCPenny

Let’s be honest. While this is a LED TV, it’s really a LED-backlight LCD model. But thanks to its wide, accurate color gamut and bright panel, the LG 65SJ9500 handles HDR content almost as well as an OLED. The HDR picture is rich and vibrant, without appearing oversaturated. At this price, it pushes the limits of just what a LED-backlit LCD TV can do, at least in terms of color performance.

Samsung Electronics 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED

$478 on Amazon

The UN50MU6300 is a smaller version of the UN65MU6300 and a budget TV that offers a ton of features, incredible picture quality and 4K resolution for a budget conscious buyer. Edge-lit LED-backlit LCDs are not the ideal picture technology (even in 4K), however, Samsung’s semi-clear coat screen is a big plus. Images are clear and color information is accurate. The TV has built-in Wifi and plenty of HDMI inputs (4) and 3 USB inputs. Its best feature is its price.

TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV

$419 on Amazon

Okay, okay, you’re a cheap !*&$@# who doesn’t want to spend a lot on a TV. There’s no reason you can’t afford a 4K TV, thanks to the Chinese TV maker TCL who’s making great televisions these days. The TCL 55S405 has excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, rich contrast, and accurate color, nicely upscales 1080p content, it has a nice frame rate, and it has passable speakers you can hear the bass on with HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range. Yes, it has Roku built-in, but we can overlook that.

Helpful hints

A few other helpful ideas from Consumer Reports to remember when buying a TV.

  • Don’t buy pricey cables. Avoid the markup when you’re in a store. Shop online at sites such as Amazon or Monoprice, where 6-foot HDMI cables go for less than $10.
  • Skip the extended warranty. Most major-brand TVs are fairly reliable. Instead, buy with a credit card or from a retailer such as Costco that automatically extends a manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Ask for a 30-day price-match guarantee. Then spend the next month eagerly watching for price drops.
  • Get social. The Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers are a great way to find out about deals and promotions. Those retailers might even reward customers who “like” or follow them.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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