The Best Cheap HDTV 2011

A new TV is one of the largest technology purchases you can make, both in terms of cost and physical size. Given how much time you’ll spend sitting in front of it, there a few important questions that you’ll need to answer before the big box makes its home in your living room.

LCD or Plasma

The battle between plasma and LCD has raged since the introduction of flat panel TVs, but it now seems that LCD has emerged as the clear winner in terms of sales. Plasma panels offered better picture quality in the early years but LCD panels have improved massively so that there is now little difference in quality.

Plasmas are far heavier than LCDs for any given screen size as they need toughened glass to protect the screen – LCDs can be much lighter and this is a great advantage as screen sizes grow ever larger. Lifting a 42 inch plasma alone may have been just about possible but a 60 inch plasma is definitely a two person job.

Don’t be confused by LED screens, they are still an LCD screen but with the pixels lit by LEDs so allowing the screen to be far thinner than a conventional LCD screen. You do though pay a price premium for an LED model so carefully consider whether it is worth the extra money. You spend most of your time in front of the screen rather than looking at the screen from the side angle and so the difference in thickness may not be worthwhile in day to day use.

Screen size

When it comes to TVs, size really is everything. You may worry that the size of the screen will dominate a room but my experience is that you quickly get used to the size of the box and the larger the screen, the better. Go for the largest screen you can afford, you won’t regret it.

Almost all screens these days are Full HD which means that they have a 1080P display – 1,920 pixels wide and 1,080 pixels high.

2D or 3D

3D TV was the big new thing of 2010 following the success of 3D at the movies with Avatar. The reality in 2011 is that 3D content is still thin on the ground but if you want to future proof your TV then it’s worth looking for a TV with 3D functionality. There are still though bargains to be had with conventional 2D TVs so don’t discount those sets. And yes, you can switch off the 3D function so that the TV performs as a normal 2D set without the need to wear glasses whenever you want.

The best value TVs of 2011

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best value LCD TVs on the market with 40 or 42 inch screens. That market segment currently provides the best bang for your buck as a 40 or 42 inch will be sufficient for most situations and the TVs are available at unbelievably low prices. Sure, a 50 inch or larger screen will provide a more dramatic picture but you have to spend significantly more money to experience that larger screen.

These aren’t the highest quality screens and none feature 3D and other bleeding edge technologies but the value for money on offer here really is unbeatable.

Samsung LN40D630


Samsung make excellent quality LCD TVs and the LN40D630 is no different. It features a 1080P Full HD screen and includes four HDMI sockets to allow you to connect a variety of devices such as Playstation 3, HDMI player, Video Camera and Laptop. The LN40D630 features 120Hz image processing which adds additional images to smooth fast moving footage such as sports broadcasts.

LG 42LK450 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV


The LG 42LK450 TV is a great value, full high definition LCD set. The TV features a 1080P HD screen and also allows you to play content on USB drives which you can plug into the set.

Sony BRAVIA KDL40BX420 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black


Sony’s Bravia range of TVs has a long history of delivering quality panels and the KDL40BX420 also offers stunning value.
The KDL40BX420 has a 40 inch Full HD 1080P screen and includes a useful feature which automatically dims the panel in low light situations which should improve the image quality and save on energy costs.

TCL L40FHDF11TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV

TCL may be a relative newcomer in most TV markets but it is now the sixth largest supplier of TVs after Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic and Sharp. TCL has reached those lofty heights by offering large screen TVs at unbelievably low prices. Check out the link below to see how little you need to pay to have a new 40 inch Full HD LCD TV in your living room.


Toshiba 40E210 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV


Toshiba have positioned themselves as a brand name competitor to the “no-name” cheap boxes that are flooding the market. With Toshiba you get a trusted brand but at a price that few can beat.
The 40E210 features the now standard 1080P Full HD screen with its only downside being that it only has two HDMI connectors. That’s still sufficient though to connect a cable box and a Blue Ray player which should be enough for most people.

Philips 40PFL3706/F7 40-inch 1080p


Philips has long been a manufacturer of premium sets but with the 40PFL3706 they’ve shown that they can also build sets that offer excellent value. This set is a 40 inch 1080P which has three HDMI inputs and also features Philip’s Pixel Plus HD image processing system which boasts superior detail, contrast and colour.

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