Big TVs don’t need to be expensive — here are 4
that start as low as $900!
In case you’re unaware, Netflix is showing no signs of slowing down. Even if you’ve already watched Black Mirror Season 5, there are still many shows to look forward to in 2019, including the new season of 13 Reasons Why and new series such as The Witcher.
Of course, there’s another world outside of Netflix. For HBO fans, The New Pope starring Jude Law certainly looks intriguing. Along with all the exciting shows lined up for the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+ streaming TV services, get ready to turn into a couch potato in the coming months.
But whether it’s Netflix, HBO, Disney+ or Apple TV+, one thing remains the same: you need a big and nice TV to watch the shows on. Thankfully, unlike yesteryears, you don’t to spend a lot of money to get a good Smart TV today. In fact, one of our recommendations below is a 50-inch 4K TV that costs under $900 — which is unheard of just a few years ago.
Without further ado, here are four good looking but yet extremely affordable TVs for streaming fans, new homeowners and those on a tight budget:
If you just need a big TV without the unnecessary bells and whistles, take a look at the Philips 6233 Ambilight Series, which is a 4K UHD LED TV with a very slim profile.
Powered by Philips’ SAPHI operating system, the 6233 Series is easy to use thanks to its icon-based menu interface. While it doesn’t have as many apps as Sony’s or Samsung’s TVs, the more important thing is that the two most crucial ones are present: Netflix and YouTube. The bundled remote control also has a Netflix button for you to open the app with just a button press.
In addition, the Philips 6233 Series features the company’s famous Ambilight function. Using LEDs placed on both sides of the TV, Ambilight can intelligently cast colours based on the video onto the wall and into the room in real time. As a result, your screen will seem bigger and you get a more immersive viewing experience.
Other than reacting to the picture, Ambilight can also follow the dynamics of the sound. The Lounge Light mode is a personal favourite. This mode uses Ambilight to create a comfortable ambient lighting when the TV is in standby.
If you’re shopping for a living room TV to catch the latest season of Money Heist or Designated Survivor: 60 Days (basically, the Korean remake of the American series) with the whole family, the Samsung RU7100 is a good choice.
A slim 4K UHD Smart TV with true RGB pixels, the RU7100 uses several Samsung proprietary technologies to ensure that you get the best 4K picture quality possible, including a 4K UHD Processor that optimises colour and HDR, and UHD Dimming that fine tunes contrast.
The RU7100 also has the new Apple TV app. Through this app, you can access your existing iTunes library as well as buy or rent new movies and TV shows. Furthermore, if you were to subscribe to the upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, you can watch Apple’s original shows directly on this TV. At the moment, only Samsung TVs have this Apple TV app.
Have a family of iPhone, iPad and Mac users? Effortless streaming and sharing of content — be it videos, music or photos — from Apple devices to the big screen is another strength of the RU7100 thanks to built-in AirPlay 2 support.
The Samsung RU7100 is available in a variety of screen sizes, from 43 inches all the way to 75 inches. In my opinion, the best bang for the buck is the 58-inch model, which is only going for $1,799 at COURTS. Versus the 55-inch Philips 6233, you’re paying extra for Samsung’s renowned image processing and more full-featured Smart Hub system. But don’t just take my word for it — head down to COURTS to experience both before deciding!
If $1,000 can already land you a 55-inch 4K TV, how low do you think a 43-inch 4K TV can go? How about $749, which is what the LG 43UM7100PTA is currently going for at COURTS.
A 4K TV that’s compatible with HDR content, the UM7100PTA runs LG’s webOS Smart TV operating system, which is to say it’s a breeze to change channels, swap inputs, add devices, set up Wi-Fi, etc. Between LG’s webOS and Samsung’s Tizen-based Smart Hub interface, I’ll say both are on a par and it’ll boil down to personal preference at the end of the day.
The onboard AI is another key feature. For instance, this TV has Google Assistant built in; so even though it isn’t running Android TV, you can still ask Google’s virtual assistant questions while watching your favourite shows and see the answers on the screen. While you don’t get the Google Play store here, LG’s own app store has a lot of apps too, including the must-haves such as Netflix, YouTube and Toggle.
Like the Samsung TV, this LG TV supports AirPlay 2, so bringing movies, TV shows, photos and more from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to the TV only requires a few taps. It’s compatible with Apple HomeKit as well, so you’ll be able to control the TV using the Apple Home app or by asking Siri. If you’ve a smart home, you can use the TV’s Home Dashboard to monitor and control connected mobile devices and home IoT (Internet of Things) gadgets.
At $749, I think the 43-inch UM7100PTA is a steal. Give it a serious look if you’re looking to get your first 4K TV or a small-ish 4K TV for the entertainment room.
Unless you’re getting a very big TV or going to sit near to the screen, a Full HD TV like the new Sony BRAVIA W800G is usually enough for the bedroom.
The best thing about the W800G is that it’s an Android TV. This gives you access to tons of content, games and apps on the Google Play store. If you’re an Android user, this is a no-brainer.
The W800G LED TV also has Chromecast built-in, so you can easily cast your favourite videos, games and apps from your smartphone (including iPhone) to the big screen. You can also use voice to search for content and connect to Google Home for hands-free control of the TV.
There are a couple of ways to Netflix and chill with the HDR-capable W800G. The easiest is to use the TV’s Netflix app. If you’re watching on your mobile device, you can resume seamlessly on the TV by using the Chromecast feature. On the bed and feel like watching Sex Education? Just pick up the remote and hit the dedicated Netflix button.