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If the above smart TVs didn’t work out, I recommend you read below to help yourself find a good deal. I’ve organized some quick info on how I determine the best televisions for any kind of criteria. I go over features, prices, prices histories, some frequently asked questions and even share the most recent changes to my Top 5 smart TVs under 500 dollars.
Are Cheap TVs for Sale Worth It?
Cheap TVs for sale are absolutely worth it. They have a much smaller price margin when compared to larger TVs. You can see this from the chart below.
There are three different things to note when looking at this graph. The three colors.
Yellow is for a TV that is often too cheap to be true. You’ll often be lacking features or better performing basics that a normally priced TV would have.
Green is for TVs that are often reasonably priced for the features they offer. You’re likely to get a deal when you find a TV size within the green prices.
Red is for TVs that are often over priced. They do not offer a considerable amount of advantages for the features they often charge for. This is also when often times you are charged a price premium for a brands name. Such as Sony or Samsung.
When looking at larger TVs for sale it is easy to see that there is lots of competition, but also that there is a large margin of high and low prices. The same cannot be said for smaller TVs. They do not offer a large variety of features and the cost of manufacturing is much lower.
This means that there is less competition is terms of feature diversity and high-end costs. You’ll simply just be saving money on smaller TVs. So expect that when you’re looking for TV under 500 dollars that it is likely to be a smaller TV.
You can expect a good amount features to be honest. Combining information from the TV size chart and from the price range chart, you can make an expected Immersion versus Features chart to help illustrate what you’re likely to get.
Some common features that many cheap TVs share are:
Strong contrast ratios
Decent motion handling
Average input variety
Average input lag
Good smart features
A large part of how this works is due to the fact many TV manufacturers produce a model for more than one size. Sometimes even a very small size that can be affordable. This means the same features lay over multiple price points. Remembering this can be huge when trying to hunt down a deal.
I’ve organized a very common viewing distance chart that will help determine what size of TV you should be looking for to properly fit the space you’re trying to fill. I go more in depth inside another article I’ve written which you can find here.
The biggest things to remember when looking for a TV’s proper size is first the level of immersion a TV will offer. This plays a large role as the greater level of immersion the more ‘lost’ you will feel in whatever you decide to watch. Though the sizes of TVs under 500 dollars are not too large, you can often times haggle for some more immersion than you normally would think.
I had a tough time finding the best TV under 500 dollar because there are not a lot of options, but if you’d like to look at them all I’ve organized them below. There’s also some options for big discounts and larger price points if you’re thinking about jumping up a weight class.
I actually have a good article over refurbished smart TVs with their pros and cons. In short: I do not recommend these types of televisions too often, but they can potentially save you money depending on the situation.
This is actually quite simple once you know what you’re looking for. You should not be looking down towards your smart TV nor be looking more than 15 degrees up towards it either. I cover this topic more thoroughly inside of my TV Viewing Distance article.
You’ll want to look for a good series of native contrast ratios, low response times, 4K support, and the ability to prevent reflections or glare when hunting for a good television. This is especially true when you have a small budget as with the top smart TVs under 500 dollars.
For video games, you will want a low input lag. This helps the TV actually show the changes in the game you make with your controller inputs. As for sports, the best addition to a good picture is a low response time. This helps the action seem smooth and helps prevent eye-tracking.
My name is Kenneth and I’m the “us” around here. I run Top Rated TVs and have been involved with technology for the past 6 years. This lead me to learning many things I’d like to share with you. I love anything that has to do with TVs from the amazing technology they run to the community that surrounds it all.
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