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Jan. 30 Walmart: TCL 50FS3850 50in 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV w/ Roku Streaming Services $288 shipped, Exp Unknown

Dec. 15 eBay: Insignia NS-50D510NA17 50in Class 1080p LED HDTV $250 shipped, Exp Unknown

Nov. 25 hhgregg: Proscan PLED4924A 49in 1080p LED HDTV $200 shipped, Exp Unknown

Nov. 25 B&H Photo Video: Samsung H5003 Series 40 Class Full HD LED TV $218 shipped, Exp Unknown

Nov. 25 Walmart: Proscan PLDED5514 55in 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $300 shipped, Exp Unknown

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LCD TV Shopping Guide

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LCD TV is basicly a LCD monitor with a TV tuner, and usually, speakers.

Plasma TV vs. LCD TV (and shortcomings of Plasma TV)

Both are space-saving and good looking and accepts multiple inputs, but which is better?

Plasma TVs Good at:

  • Size, cost - LCD TV is usually at 20" to 30" range. The largest on the market is 37". While Plasma TVs can be upto 63". And Plasma TVs is much cheaper than similar sized LCD TVs (sometimes half the price).
  • Contrast, view angle, color - Plasma TVs has contrast upto 3000:1, 160 degree view angle, but the current highest for LCD is only 700:1 and 160 degree view angle is still hard to find. LCDs display different color according to the different speed of controling light waves and color is much less accurate than Plasma TVs.
  • Display fast moving objects - LCD is slow in response. If the object is moving very fast, it may leave "ghost" (or trace) behind. Plasma TV, like ordinary TV, never acts like that.

LCD TVs Good at/Plasma TVs bad at:

  • Screen Burn-in, computer display - If you leave a static image on your Plasma TV for a while (more than 15 mins mostly), the picture will begin to burn-in, i.e. be there no matter what other input you send in. It doesn't actually hurt the screen and it can be "washed out" with gray images or continual full color ranges in several hourse, but this is a major shortcoming of Plasma TV - you can't just pause and leave for 15 mins! That is why it is not suitable for ordinary computer display (not including computer video playback) because mostly images on computer screen will stay the same for a while. No other TV has this effect.
  • Long-lasting - The rare gases used in each pixel of the Plasma TV will fade and finally become inadequate for the display in 25,000 to 30,000 hours. Once it is out, it is out. It can't be replaced, recharged or recovered in any way. LCD lasts about 50,000 to 75,000 hours, which is the lifetime of the blacklight bulb inside, and the blacklight bulb can actually be replaced if needed.
  • Altitude - strange as it sounds, the performance of Plasma TV will change according to the altitude. If you live in some place with altitude higher than 6500 ft, think twice before you buy a Plasma TV. The pressure of gases inside the Plasma TV screen will increase as the outside pressure decreases, and it requires larger amount of energy to operate, which causes louder buzzing/fan noise. No other TVs are affected by altitude (though may affected by magnatic field).

For more information, see our Television Shopping Guide.

Things to consider when buying a LCD TV

Size, native resolution and Dot Pitch:

As mentioned above, unlike CRT TVs, LCD TVs has fixed size pixels. The Dot Pitch factor indicates the pixel size and the native resolution factor indicates the number of pixels on the screen. So basicly Size = resolution x Dot Pitch.

Resolution alone determines the image quality. Usually with normal Dot Pitch, 15-inch LCD has a 1024 x 768 resolution, and 17 inch LCD has 1280 x 1024.

With smaller Dot Pitch (pixel size), same number of pixels may be fit in a smaller-size screen. A 15-inch LCD with less Dot Pitch can show the same details as a 17 inch LCD if they have the same native resolution, but of course, the latter is easier on eyes because things look bigger.

View Angle:

This factor defines the angle range that you can view the screen without the darken effects. Look for at least 100 degrees vertical and 120 degrees horizontal.

Pixel Response time:

For a performance comparable to that of CRT, go for a number less than 25ms. And 30ms is the bottom line for even just watching video.

Contrast Ratio, Brightness, Color deepth:

These factors define the contrast, brightness and variation of colors you can see on the screen. The bigger, the better. Try at least 300-to-1 for contrast ratio, 230 nits for brightness and 24bit color for true color.

For more information, see our Television Shopping Guide.

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