Cheap TVs: 10 best TV deals in the UK for November 2013
28th Oct 2013 | 10:30
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Cheap TV deals: November 2013
Sony isn't a brand normally associated with cheap TVs and you won't find many Bravias in the bargain basement, but this month one of its step-down LED-backlit LCD TVs is going for a (relative) song.
While the Japanese company concentrates on wowing us with its new Ultra HDTVs, the KDL-42W653A creeps into view as one of the best value bigscreens of the year – as long as you don't want 3D.
A couple of HDMI ins and a USB slot cover the basics, while Freeview HD and – just as importantly – Sony's anti-blur Motionflow XR 200Hz tech both make an appearance.
There are a few bonus features, too; you can wirelessly mirror your smartphone screen on the KDL-42W653A to share videos, photos and music, while Sony's Entertainment Network smart TV platform supplies the likes of the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, Netflix, Lovefilm and YouTube.
However, this W6 Series Bravia is all about X-Reality picture technology; robust black levels, natural-looking colours, a consistent backlight and – best of all – awesome detail from Blu-ray, DVD, TV and even YouTube.
Cheap TV deals of the month:
Toshiba 22L1333B 22-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £139 | Now: £120.99 | Play
Philips 24PFL3507T 24-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV with Freeview HD | Was: £249.95 | Now: £169.95 | Richer Sounds
Finlux 26F7030 26-inch 3D Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £329.99 | Now: £199.99
Samsung UE32F5000 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £279 | Now: £269.99 | Amazon
Philips 39PFL3807T 39-inch LED TV | Was: £399.95 | Now: £269.95 | Richer Sounds
Panasonic TX-L39EM6B 39-inch LED with Freeview HD | Was: £599 | Now: £379 | Currys
Samsung PS43F4500 43-inch 3D HD-ready plasma TV with Freeview | Was: £349.95 | Now: £309 | Richer Sounds
Samsung PS60F5500 60-inch 3D plasma Smart TV with Freeview HD | Was: £999.95 | Now: £969 | Richer Sounds
Sharp LC-70LE741E 70-inch 3D Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £2,599.99 | Now: £2,149.90 | Beyond Television
Cheap TV deals: October 2013
Ultra HD is all about size, but we have an inkling that the giant 84-inch monsters shown-off and sold by the big AV brands aren't going to find many takers. The £25,000 price tags don't help; they'll come down, but regardless who wants a TV that big?
However, the Ultra HD landscape is about to change. Now on re-order from Hughes Direct but expected within days, the Toshiba 58L9363DB is about to become the undisputed cheap Ultra HD TV.
Priced-up at a penny under £3k, it's not cheap – obviously – but if you're the kind of early adopter that wants the latest tech at the cheapest possible price, the 58L9363DB is that product.
Consider the options; the only other two Ultra HDTVs of comparable size so far on sale – the first-to-market Sony KD-55X9005A and the equally new Samsung UE55F9000STX – are both stubbornly sticking to their £3,299 prices.
But bigger is definitely better when it comes to Ultra HD TV, and the 58L9363DB's lower price and extra three inches of screen real estate make it by far the best value way to get eight million pixels into your life.
At September's IFA 2013 exhibition we did see Toshiba demo a nifty-looking 50-inch version of this stunner, too, but it's unlikely to go on sale until Spring at the earliest, if at all. For now, Toshiba's 58L9363DB seems the front-runner in the Ultra HD stakes. Now all you need is something to watch …
Cheap TV deals of the month:
Toshiba 22D1334B 22-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview & DVD | Was: £165 | Now: £149 | Tesco
Sony KDL24W605 white 24-inch HD-ready LED TV with smart TV & Freeview HD | Was: £349.95 | Now: £329.95 | Richer Sounds
Samsung UE32F5000 32-inch Full HD LED with Freeview HD & Smart TV | Was: £279 | Now: £269 | Amazon
Samsung UE32F4500 32-inch Full HD super-slim LED with Freeview & Smart TV | Was: £406.99 | Now: £299 | Amazon
Panasonic TX-L32E6B 32-inch Full HD LED TV | Was: £449.00 | Now: £379.00 | Currys
Toshiba 40L1333B 40-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £369.95 | Now: £299.95 | Richer Sounds
LG 50PH660V 50-inch Full HD 3D plasma with Freeview HD, Smart TV, three-month Sky Movies pass & three Sky Sports day passes | Was: £599.95 | Now: £589.95 | John Lewis
Sony KD55X9005 55-inch Ultra HD 3D LED TV | Was: £3299.99 | Now: £3249.99 | Power Direct
Cheap TV deals: September 2013
Cheap deals for October coming very soon!
Rich pickings for cheap TV hunters are available from Currys this week as LG's 47-inch 47LA860W edge LED-backlit LCD TV is discounted from £1,899 to £1,299.
With a bezel measuring a mere 8mm, it could be the frameless living room stunner you've been waiting for, but there's a lot more to like here than mere good looks. It's got Full HD and Freeview HD, naturally, and includes LG's own passive Cinema 3D system that uses the cheap, hassle-free specs used by 3D cinemas, but it's the flexibility of the 47LA860W that makes it a winner.
The highlight is SmartShare, the TV world's most advanced, best designed interface for sharing digital media across devices. Downloaders and owners of large collections of digital videos, music and photos will adore how the 47LA860W can not only read content on USB sticks, smartphones and networked computers, but what it does with them; cue thumbnails of most recently watched, and newly added, files on the TV's central home page.
No other brand of TV integrates with digital media this seamlessly, but there's more; MediaLink surfs the web to add metadata to all digital files for easy sorting, while Screen Share pairs with a smartphone wirelessly via NFC for instant 'tap' pairing.
Add some simple, though effective voice recognition software for searching the 47LA860W's apps (which include BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Netflix), a pointer-style Magic Remote and throughly impressive images and the LG's flagship TV is much more than just the best-looking TV around.
Read ourLG 47LA860W review
Cheap TV deals for September 2013
Toshiba 22DL704B 22-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview and built-in DVD player | Was: £349.99 | Now: £149 | Amazon
Philips 24PFL3507T 24-inch HD-ready LED TV with Freeview HD and Smart TV | Was: £249.95 | Now: £149 | Richer Sounds
Finlux 26F7030 26-inch Full HD LED TV with 3D | Was: £329.99 | Now: £199.99 | Finlux Direct
LG 32LN540U 32-inch HD-ready LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £399 | Now: £249 | Currys
Toshiba 39L4353DB 39-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD and Smart TV | Was: £429 | Now: £379.99 | Crampton & Moore
Panasonic TX-L39E6B 39-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD and Smart TV | Was: £479 | Now: £429.95 | John Lewis
Samsung PS43F4500 43-inch HD-ready Plasma TV with Freeview | Was: £435 | Now: £299 | Amazon
Panasonic TX-P50X60B 50-inch HD-ready plasma TV with Freeview HD | Was: £449.95 | Now: £379 | Richer Sounds
Cheap TV deals: August 2013
For those after a cheap TV and wanting to make as big a saving as possible, there's a simple rule of thumb; ignore smart TV. Yes, those apps for the BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Blinkbox, Netflix and Lovefilm are handy, but they generally add around £100 to the price of a TV.
But for every rule there's an exception that proves it; step forward the Samsung UE39F5300 39-inch Full HD LED TV, which is currently all yours for just £429.99 from Argos. That's down from the usual Argos price of £529.99, though Samsung's list price is as high as £579.99.
It's a small price for such a big screen, but it's the inclusion of Samsung's Smart Hub that adds value to this cheap TV. As well as the regular apps, Smart Hub is the only such platform to include ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 in addition to the common-as-muck BBC iPlayer.
The Samsung UE39F5300 is one of only two 39-inch TVs in the Samsung lineup for 2013, an all-new size for flat TVs that's the result of advances in how TV makers cut glass and now put less electronics on the edges. Cue slim bezels and more screen real estate, but at the same footprint as a 37-inch TV from 2012.
You can shed an extra £10 if you're prepared to forgo Smart Hub by heading for the step-down Samsung UE39F5000 from Tesco, why would you?
The Samsung UE39F5300 is a cheap TV - and an app-tastic opportunity at this discounted price.
Cheap TV deals of the month:
Sharp LC24DV250K 24-inch HD-ready LED TV with Freeview and built-in DVD player | Was: £299 Now: £228.02 | Amazon
Panasonic TX-L32B6B 32-inch HD-ready LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £349.99 Now: £279.99 | Argos
LG 32LN5400 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview | Was: £299.99 Now: £279.99 | Sainsbury's
Sony KDL-32R423ABU 32-inch HD-ready LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £379 Now: £289 | Currys
Panasonic TX-P42X60B 42-inch HD-ready plasma with Freeview HD | Was: £349.99 Now: £329.99 | Argos
Samsung UE32F5500 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD and Smart Hub apps | Was: £449.95 Now: £339.98 | Richer Sounds
Samsung PS51E530 51-inch Full HD plasma TV with Freeview HD | Was: £469.99 Now: £429.99 | Sainsbury's
LG 50PN650T 50-inch Full HD plasma TV with Freeview HD | Was: £549.95 Now: £469.95 | Richer Sounds
As always, if you have spotted a deal and you think everyone should know about it, pop it in the comments for all to see and hopefully save us all a few pounds.