Review of 3 2011 HDTVs
The best HDTV of 2011 is a popular topic, since most of them go on sale as the new year's models make their way into the stores. Everyone is looking to get a good deal on a HDTV, with it still being a high quality product. I actually bought a new HDTV in June of 2011, so I spent a lot of time researching different brands and models. Unfortunately I missed out on the sales, but I can provide some of the information I gathered as I was making my decision.
LG 42-Inch LCD HDTV
One HDTV that I came close to purchasing, but didn't, was the LG 42-Inch LCD HDTV . This HDTV is 1080p and has 120 Hz. I've previously owned LG HDTVs, and I have always had a positive experience with them. I never encountered and issues, and always thought the picture was clear and crisp. That's why I started looking into this brand first; I have a good history with LG.
- 34. Pounds
- Contrast Ratio of 150,000 to 1
- TruMotion 120 Hz technology - this lets you watch high speed action without motion blur
- 3 HDMI Inputs
- 1 USB Port
- 3 Analog Audio Input
- PC Input
- Average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com
Samsung 55-Inch LED HDTV
If you're looking for a bigger HDTV, the Samsung 55-Inch LED HDTV is a great option. It's also 1080p and is 240 Hz, which makes it very impressive when you watch it in the store. Samsung is a very popular brand that has remained relevant for a long period of time. I've personally owned 2 Samsung TV’s and have never run into any problems.
- 51.1 Pounds
- 2 HDMI Connections
- 1 USB Port
- Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Pulse
- Wide Color Enhancer Plus
- Average Rating of 4 Stars out of 5 on Amazon.com
Another option, if you're willing to spend a little more money, is a 3D HDTV. These are becoming more common, although some people question if 3D technology is here to stay, especially in home televisions. You also have to figure in costs for 3D glasses, 3D DVDs and 3D DVD Players. Also, most cable providers don't provide 3D content, although satellite providers do.
VIZIO 47-Inch 3D LCD HDTV
If you decide to go the 3D route, I highly recommend the VIZIO 47-Inch 3D LCD HDTV . I tried this model out in a number of stores and came away impressed with the 3D quality. The glasses were comfortable and it was amazing watching nature shows and sporting events in 3D. The HDTV picture was also very impressive, as it isn't strictly a 3D HDTV. You can switch between 3D and regular HDTV programs very easily. It also has internet capabilities, and comes with Facebook, Netflix, and YouTube applications already installed. It makes watching streaming content on Netflix very easy and enjoyable. If you're willing to spend a little extra, this HDTV is definitely worth the price.
- 51.8 Pounds
- VIZIO Internet Apps
- TruLEDTM backlighting with Smart Dimming
- 10 million to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
- Wi-Fi Technology
- TruSurround HD - provides high definition surround sound
- 5 HDMI Inputs
- 1 Ethernet Input
- 3 USB Inputs
- Average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com
When I was reviewing HDTVs, these are the 3 that it came down to. In the end, I figured it would be quite a while before I purchased another HDTV, and didn't want to regret not getting a 3D HDTV. My reasoning was I believed 3D would gain in popularity over time, which would result in more 3D content becoming available. I'm very satisfied with my purchase, but understand that some people would rather pay less and get a standard HDTV.