Ask LH: What’s A Good TV To Buy For $1500?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m about to move into my new house and of course, the first thing I need is a nice big new TV. Any idea as to what I can get for around $1500? Smart TV is a must and I’d prefer 50″ or bigger for the screen? Thanks, TV Time

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Dear TVT

We threw your query at Gizmodo’s chief TV reviewer Campbell Simpson. According to Cam, you’re better off sticking to “dumb” models when it comes to sub-$1500 televisions. This will allow you to score a bigger screen and better picture quality for the same price. This will also save you from struggling with a sub par interface.

As Cam explains:

When you’re buying a cheap television, the Smart TV interface is usually slow and a little bit rubbish, so not having it is really an advantage.

In terms of specific television models, Cam’s personal pick is the Panasonic TH-60A430 LED TV. This is a 60-inch Full HD monster constructed from an IPS LED “Super Bright” panel, inbuilt dot noise reduction, a beefy V-Audio speaker unit and a smooth reproduction mode for fast moving images and gaming.

Naturally, you can still purchase a third-party product to supply your smart TV needs: be it the Google Cheomcast, Apple TV or one of the myriad Android dongles on the market.

If any readers have recommendations of their own, let TVT know in the comments section below.


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