15 Hot Holiday HDTV Deals
The holiday deals keep on coming, and high-definition televisions are no exception. We've scoured the sites of over 20 major retailers to find the best holiday prices on everything from 22-inch 720p televisions to 55-inch 1080p 3D HDTVs, and even a special holiday 3D bundle.
You'll find something here for every budget--starting at $200--and every deal is well under $2000. To verify that these are the best bargains possible and that retailers are not offering a stinker of a deal, we compared the current prices with pre-Black Friday pricing. Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be gone, but it's not too late to find a great price on an HDTV.
AMAZON: Panasonic 22-Inch 720p LCD With iPod Dock for $200
Specs: In Plane Switching (IPS) for wider viewing angles; one HDMI, one component, one composite, one PC, one digital audio input, SD Card slot
Thoughts: This is a great set for anyone who wants a good high-definition television that won't overwhelm the room. Panasonic has included a game mode on this TV for enhanced viewing when a console is hooked up to the television.
AMAZON: TCL 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $430
Specs: 60Hz; three HDMI, one USB 2.0
Thoughts: A holdover from Amazon's Cyber Week sale, this TV is still a great buy. TCL is not a name you're likely to recognize, but according to Amazon's product page this manufacturer has been in business since 1981.
AMAZON: Vizio 37-Inch 1080p LCD for $500
Specs: 120Hz; four HDMI, one USB, one component, one PC; 178-degree viewing angle
Thoughts: This TV, with 1080p and a high refresh rate of 120Hz, is a steal. The screen size is a little unusual, measuring 37 inches instead of a more typical 40 or 42. But the set is still worth checking out.
BEST BUY: LG 32-Inch 1080p LCD for $380
Specs: 60Hz; one PC, two HDMI, one component, one RF, one audio; 7.5-inch depth; 178-degree viewing angle
Thoughts: Best Buy says you save $70 when you buy this TV, but that's incorrect. A few weeks ago this television sold for $600, so you're actually getting a savings of $220 compared with pre-Black Friday prices. Amazon can't beat Best Buy's price, either; the online retailer is currently selling this model for $435.
WALMART: 55-Inch Element 1080p LCD for $700
Specs: 120Hz; three HDMI, one S-Video, two component, two composite, four audio, VGA
Thoughts: Now we're getting serious. Sure, it's a Walmart no-name special, but for $700 this 1080p set is worth checking out.
WALMART: Philips 42-Inch 1080p LCD for $550
Specs: 120Hz; four HDMI, one USB; 178-degree viewing angle
Thoughts: Best Buy was selling a similar-model Philips for $800 in mid-November. At $550, this LCD is an attractive deal.
WALMART: Samsung 46-Inch 1080p LCD for $800
Specs: 120Hz; four HDMI
Thoughts: Since this is a no-frills set, you won't find fancy features here. But with a recognizable brand name, an excellent refresh rate, and 1080p resolution, this a good buy. You can also find this TV for the same price at Newegg, but you'll have to pay a $30 shipping charge to that online retailer; Walmart is offering free shipping.
DELL: Vizio 47-Inch 1080p LCD for $700
Specs: 120Hz; four HDMI, one USB; 178-degree viewing angle
Thoughts: Amazon offered this TV for $838 just a month ago, but today you can save yourself $138 and get it from Dell. And if the computer maker runs out, Amazon is now selling this TV for the same price. Don't get too excited about the USB port though, because it recognizes only JPEG files.
TIGER DIRECT: Sony Bravia 32-Inch 1080p LCD for $450
Specs: 60Hz; four HDMI, one USB, one PC
Thoughts: A 60Hz refresh rate isn't that great, but Sony TVs have a good reputation, and this set normally sells for $500.
OVERSTOCK: Sony Bravia 46-Inch 1080p LED for $970 (Refurbished)
Specs: 120Hz; five HDMI, one PC, one USB 2.0
Thoughts: Overstock has a wide selection of refurbished HDTVs at really low prices. "Refurbished" means that something was wrong with the TV initially and the buyer returned it, after which the device was repaired and sent out to be resold. If you can deal with that, you can save yourself some serious money. Shopping for refurbished goods can be a bit tricky, though. Pay special attention to the warranty from the retailer and manufacturer (if one is offered) to see how they treat refurbished goods; this TV, for example, has only a 60-day warranty. That said, you'll have a hard time finding a Sony HDTV at such a low price anywhere else.
AMAZON: Panasonic 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma With 3D Kit for $1400
Specs: 600Hz; three HDMI, two composite, two component, one PC, Internet ready, two USB, one LAN
Thoughts: If you're looking for a 3D TV, consider this deal from Amazon. Not only do you get a good price on this TV, but if you buy it before December 31 you also get a free 3D Blu-ray player and an 3D starter kit that includes a free Avatar 3D Blu-ray disc and two pairs of rechargeable 3D glasses.
AMAZON: LG 55-Inch 3D 1080p LED for $1730
Specs: 240Hz; four HDMI, three component, two composite, one PC, two USB, one LAN; Picasa, Vudu, Yahoo TV Widgets, YouTube
Thoughts: You'll have to buy the glasses and Blu-ray player separately with this one, but this offer is still a good deal for a large, 3D-ready television. The set also comes preloaded with Internet widgets that are not being blocked by content producers.
AMAZON: Toshiba 55-Inch 1080p LED for $1600
Specs: 240Hz; four HDMI, one component, one PC, two USB, one ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube
Thoughts: Here's another 3D TV without the glasses, but also another great deal. You'll find fewer outputs on this TV than on the 55-inch LG, but this model has Netflix and Wi-Fi.
SEARS: Panasonic 58-Inch 1080p Plasma for $1100
Specs: 600Hz; one audio, two composite, three HDMI, SD Card slot; game mode
Thoughts: Sears tends to overprice its televisions and then offer them on "sale" for prices you'll find at Amazon or Best Buy any day of the week. Nevertheless, Sears managed to beat out everyone else on this set. The next-best price I found for this model was at Amazon ($1237).
RADIOSHACK: Sony Bravia 32-Inch 720p LCD for $380
Specs: 60Hz; two HDMI, one component, three audio
Thoughts: You can get a similar-size Sony Bravia 1080p LCD for $450 at Tiger Direct, but at a screen size smaller than 40 inches the difference in viewing between 1080p and 720p is negligible. RadioShack is offering this TV for $20 cheaper than you'd normally find it elsewhere.
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