Online retailers Best Buy and Dell are currently having a massive end-of-spring clearance sale. Now’s your chance to score the 65-inch 4K TV of your dreams for a lot less money. Save up to $150 when you upgrade to the LG UM6900PUA, Samsung NU7300, Vizio V-Series, or TCL 5-Series today.
The 65-inch Vizio V-Series 4K TV is one of the largest (and priciest) options on our list but it’s still quite budget-friendly. Its relatively higher price tag is well-justified though, as it offers solid image quality (far better than the rest on this list) thanks to local dimming, and supports the latest 4K and HDR video formats, including Dolby Vision. Another sweet bonus is its built-in Chromecast which allows you to control streaming using your phone. The downside? Vizio TVs are seriously handicapped by the frustratingly sluggish SmartCast TV interface. Right now, the Vizio V-Series is on sale at Best Buy for $470 instead of the usual $500.
The Vizio V-Series’ Ultra HD display packs 3,840 x 2,160 of pixel resolution. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, which means you’d be able to view content at the highest possible resolution. Furthermore, for a budget TV, we were pretty impressed with its picture quality. Images looked sharp with deep, inky blacks and accurate, vibrant colors, making this TV great for dark rooms. Unfortunately, the viewing angles weren’t the best we’ve seen. The picture starts to significantly deteriorate when you move farther away from the central focal point. At least this TV’s low input lag makes gaming feel extremely responsive, and it has a good response time, though there’s slightly more blur trail in fast-moving scenes.
As mentioned, the SmartCast TV interface is far from great. It’s annoyingly slow at times, although it does look well-organized and polished. Besides, you’ve got Chromecast built in, but you cannot add new apps on it. This TV is compatible with AirPlay so you can stream or share content from your Apple devices, as well as virtual assistant integration including Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant for voice-assisted control and content search.
If you’re on a shoestring budget but still demand a nearly premium viewing experience on a massive screen, then you should definitely opt for the 65-inch Vizio V-Series 4K TV. Get it at Best Buy today for a cool $30 below the usual price.
The TCL 5-Series 4K TV has an understated and basic design. Its bezels are nicely trim, keeping up with the latest TV design trend, which is almost unnoticeable when you’re watching something. It’s made of durable plastic in a matte-black finish that looks decent but is nowhere near luxurious. Despite its humdrum appearance, what really matters is the 5-Series’ excellent display.
This TV boasts a 65-inch vertical alignment (VA) panel with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. A VA panel is a type of LED screen that offers the best contrasts and image depth. Its picture quality is quite beautiful, with sharp details, vibrant colors, and deep blacks. This TV supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so expect a delightfully wide spectrum of colors and details in gorgeous high definition. Its brightness level could use a little work, but you honestly get the best value out of every dollar spent in terms of image quality.
At the back of the TV, you’ll find the connection ports, including HDMI ports, RCA jacks, optical, USB, Ethernet, and even a 3.5mm audio jack. This TV only has three HDMI ports (normally one for a cable box, one for a soundbar, and one for a game console). Fortunately, you won’t be needing a slot for a digital streaming stick, since it already has a built-in Roku TV.
One of the best TV platforms on the market, Roku offers a simple and intuitive way to navigate various streaming apps and channels. Watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go, and YouTube was an overall pleasant experience, and you get access to a broad range of free content via Roku TV’s Featured Free program.
The TCL 5-Series is a fantastic pick for a budget-friendly 4K TV. Its picture quality is amazing for the price, and the built-in Roku TV is a huge plus factor. However, you must brace yourself for a barrage of ads, which is the reason why this 4K TV is cheap. Other than that, this is a great TV that we fully recommend. Get it for just $550 instead of $700 at Best Buy today — a huge $150 less.
The UM6900PUA is probably LG’s most affordable and basic 4K TV, but it’s still worthy of recommendation thanks to its decent picture performance, wide viewing angles, and excellent smart TV features. However, we would refrain from placing this TV in a brightly lit room as it can’t get very bright. It also has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and no local dimming.
This TV’s widescreen display is packed with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is four times the resolution of Full HD. IPS panels typically have wide viewing angles, so this TV will look good no matter where you’re sitting. We did notice a couple of things that weren’t so great. This TV doesn’t have the most accurate color reproduction, and contrast wasn’t too good either. A presumably orange sunset seemed rather pinkish, and nocturnal scenes appear grayed out due to a lack of local dimming, the feature that’s responsible for dimming the backlight so that blacks appear deeper and darker. At least this TV supports multiple 4K Active HDR formats such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG.
LG’s WebOS remains one of our favorite smart TV platforms for plenty of reasons. Navigation is a cinch and the app archive is quite extensive. Popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV are readily available. Further, this TV’s quad-core processor has the power to improve the image’s quality and reduce distracting video noise and motion blur, which makes this TV good for gaming. The 65-inch LG UM6900PUA 4K TV may be LG’s most basic 4K TV model, but it comes at a great price that’s hard to resist. Get it for $550 instead of $650 at Dell today.
The Samsung NU7300 4K TV tries to argue that a curved television is the future. What’s the point of a curved display, you might ask. Does it actually enhance the viewing experience? The answer is, to put it simply, no. It works just like any regular flat-screen TV, beside the slight improvement in viewing angles. But that is true only when it’s positioned directly in front of you, of course, because once you mount this TV on your wall it does more harm than good. Fortunately, the NU7300 has other things going for it, including a picture quality that’s undeniably good (although it’s not particularly bright) and smart features that are impressive for the price. Right now, the 55-inch unit of the Samsung NU7300 is available at Dell for $698 instead of $748 – a cool $50 off.
The Samsung NU7300 is made almost entirely of plastic, but the metallic trim on its outer edges is a nice luxurious touch. Ports include three HDMIs, a couple of USBs, and both Ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi network options. It basically has everything that you would need for connecting peripherals, although a fourth HDMI would have been nice.
This TV is great at upscaling HD content to its native 4K resolution, resulting in a richly detailed and vibrant picture. Colors are enhanced but still look quite natural, the contrast ratio is excellent with uniformly deep blacks, plus this TV supports high-dynamic range (HDR) content from Netflix and other platforms. It also has excellent low input lag and decent motion handling which makes it good for gaming, but it doesn’t support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync. Lastly, its brightness level peaks at just 300 nits, which is fine but won’t really do HDR justice.
Arguably the NU7300’s greatest strength is its smart TV interface. Samsung’s Eden is super easy to navigate and customize, with menus and icons presented in a clean and organized fashion. All your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube are readily available, plus Samsung’s voice recognition (you can use either Alexa or Google Assistant) and control system are simply top-notch.
The Samsung NU7300 doesn’t really make a strong case on why you should own a curved TV. However, if you’re after excellent picture performance and a superb smart TV interface at a very reasonable price, this would make a wonderful option. Get a 65-inch unit at Dell for $698.
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