Best Cheap TV Deals: Is your current TV looking a little sorry and behind the times? Better snag yourself one of these 4K TV deals.
There’s more high quality content to pump onto your TV than ever before. In addition to the traditional TV broadcasters we have a growing number of streaming services.
Remember when Netflix and Amazon had things to themselves? Well now every tech and media company worth its salt seems to be sticking its oar in. Here in the UK, we’ve recently had Apple join the streaming war, and a certain Disney+ is coming soon.
Then there’s all the top notch gaming content out there. Whether you’re a PlayStation 4 person, an Xbox One person, a Nintendo Switch person, or a combination of the three, many of us use our TVs for games.
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Whatever kind of entertainment we pump through our TVs, 4K output has become the new normal. Most of those broadcasters and streaming services will provide a 4K option, if they know what’s good for them.
And while 4K is optional in the current generation of games consoles, the next generation will off 4K as standard. Don’t think it’s far off either – both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are coming before the end of this year.
Which leaves one question: what on Earth are you still doing with that Full HD TV set? You’d better start planning your 4K upgrade, pronto. Especially given that the 4K TV market has never been so vibrant.
Here are some of the choicest 4K TV deals from the UK’s biggest and best online retailers. And if you’re mind’s still in a whirl at the news that you need a new TV, allow us to guide you to the right purchasing decision in the section following the deals.
And if you want some advice on specific TV models, check out our TV reviews section. You can trust them, you know. The clue is in the name.
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The first thing you need to decide is: do you even need a new TV? There one simple question you should ask yourself to that end: Is your current main TV 1080p or 720p? If so, you’re probably ready for an upgrade.
4K is the new standard TV resolution, and an increasing amount of media content is being pumped out at this Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. Walk into your local TV shop, and the vast majority of TV sets on offer will be 4K.
So you’ve established that you need a new TV, and that it will be 4K. Now you can forget the whole 4K thing altogether. The standard is now table stakes, so you should turn your attention to the real variables.
From a practical standpoint, you need to decide how big you want your TV to be. Obviously there are logistical points to consider, and the size will also determine the final price to a certain extent. But aside from budget, your primary concern should be in optimising the viewing experience.
There are a number of lines of thinking out there when it comes to calculating the appropriate TV size for your room. One solid method is to measure the distance between the TV and where you’ll typically be viewing it from in inches, then divide that figure by 1.6. Your new TV should get close to that final calculation.
40-inch: You really don’t want to go any smaller than 40-inches for your 4K TV set. Indeed, you might struggle to even if you wanted to. If you’re going to be sat quite close to your TV, however, then going small is recommended – and will save you a lot of money into the bargain.
43-inch: The next size up and likely more popular than 40in sets considering prices between the two sizes aren’t too dissimilar. The extra screen real estate might seem meagre, but it’s worth the extra cash.
49-inch: This may just be the sweet spot for a lot of the smaller homes that make up a large proportion of the UK. This is arguably the biggest ‘small TV’ size, if that makes sense.
55-inch: Now we’re entering the middle range of 4K TV sizes. Thanks to the massive ramp-up in pixel count, 55-inches has become a popular entry-point for 4K TV sets. Again, though, be mindful of your room size and viewing distance, as 55-inches can seem either way too big and way too small.
65-inch: Now we’re starting to get into ‘big’ territory. 65-inch TVs will give you plenty of screen space for all those pixels, but these days you shouldn’t have to sell an organ to be able to afford one. In fact, there are some great deals out there for 65-inch TVs that you might once have associated with a 55-inch TV.
75-inch: This size of TV used to be considered quite extravagant, but while a 75-inch TV should undoubtedly be considered ‘big’ or even ‘very big’, it’s no longer prohibitively expensive. You’ll still need to pay quite a premium over smaller TV sizes, though.
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One other term that gets bandied around almost as much as 4K is HDR. It’s no longer unusual for even a cheaper TV set to boast of its support for High Dynamic Range, but be aware that not all HDR standards were created equal.
HDR10 is the most common standard, and indeed you’ll struggle to find a new 4K TV that doesn’t support it. More advanced TVs from established brands will tend to support more advanced HDR standards on top of HDR10. Look out for the likes of Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 Plus support.
The issue is, not all manufacturers are being entirely honest with their use of HDR branding. Some cheaper brands claim to offer high dynamic range, when the TV doesn’t actually meet the formal HDR standards more established players have agreed on.
As a rule of thumb, when buying a 4K HDR TV keep an eye out for UHD Alliance HDR or Dolby Vision branding/certification on the box if you want the best picture quality.
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Keep in mind the TV’s speakers, too. As TVs get thinner, sound quality is often sacrificed. It’s simple physics that a bigger speaker is able to move more air to create better sound. So as TVs become more razor-thin, sound quality often takes a hit. Some TVs still sound better than others, and some manufacturers have gotten clever with how they deliver sound.
Certain Sony Bravia screens use the entire display as a speaker, for instance.
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