Cheap TVs: 10 best TV deals in the UK for February 2014
29th Jan 2014 | 14:49
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Cheap TV deals February 2014
No sooner had we all got used to the regimented sizes of flat tellies then everything changed.
Those after a TV for a bedroom or second room once had to choose between a 26-inch or a much larger 32-inch model, which was a bit of a leap.
So we welcome forward the brand new 28-inch size, which makes its first appearance as a cheap TV in the form of the Samsung UE28F4000.
Selling in both the Co-Op Electrical Shop and Currys for £219 – down from £319 – the UE28F4000 is a result of advances in efficiency in how glass is cut during the manufacturing process (almost all TVs are cut from a piece of mother-glass) and an ever-shrinking bezel.
The upshot of these advances is that this 28-incher has the same footprint as a regular 26-inch model from a couple of years ago.
It may be new, but the Samsung UE28F4000 isn't going to change the way we watch TV; this cheap TV hasn't got smart TV or 3D on board, and only manages a HD-ready (1366x768 pixels) resolution on its LED-backlit LCD panel. However, its basic spec will suit anyone wanting a low-impact, low-cost screen for a second room, or as a multi-purpose TV for a bedroom. Besides, for those with Sky, Virgin or YouView, there's little point in investing in a smart TV with Freeview HD.
The UE28F4000's ins and outs are reasonable, too. It's got a couple of HDMI inputs – easily enough for a second TV – as well as a Scart and an optical digital audio output for routing all audio to home cinema amplifier, and don't forget Samsung's impressive user interface. It's also got a single USB 2.0 slot that, thanks to Samsung's ConnectShare software, can play all the major digital music, photo and video file formats.
With a narrow bezel and simple black styling, the uniquely-sized UE28F4000 is about maxing-out screen size – but with £100 knocked-off.
Cheap TV deals of the month
LG 22MN43D 21.5-inch Full HD LED TV | Was: £139 | Now: £129 | ASDA
Polaroid P28LED13 28-inch HD Ready LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: N/A | Now: £149 | ASDA (exclusive)
Sharp LC-32LD145K 32-inch HD Ready LED TV with Freeview | Was: £249 | Now: £219 | Tesco
Panasonic TX-L32EM6B 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £299 | Now: £249 | Currys
LG 42PN450B 42-inch HD Ready plasma TV with Freeview | Was: £399 | Now: £309 | Amazon
Samsung UE42F5000 42-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £449 | Now: £399 | Currys
LG 42LA660V 42-inch Full HD LED TV with 3D & Smart TV | Was: £999 | Now: £589 | Currys
Samsung UE50F6400 50-inch Full HD LED TV with 3D & Smart TV | Was: £1,149 | Now: £749 | Currys
Sony KD-55X9005A 55-inch Ultra HD 4k LED TV with 3D & Smart TV | Was: £3,299 | Now: £2,749 | PRC Direct
Cheap TV deals: January 2014
RIP plasma. It was the first and, for our money, it's still the best display tech out there, but with the news that Panasonic is to cut its losses and concentrate on 4k LED TVs, there are bargains to be had.
We at TechRadar don't go hunting for cheap TVs; anyone can wander around a supermarket and pick-up the latest no-brand LED TV that lasts a year or two.
No, we're only after the best-value cheap TVs around, and the current sweet-spot is the 42-inch plasma.
Take stories of plasma's demise with a massive pinch of salt. Described on TechRadar as the 'darling of home cinema' numerous times stretching back over a decade, plasma is still considered by (anyone with eyes) as the premium option for home cinema TV enthusiasts that produces a much better picture than LED. Fact.
Its drop-out status comes only from Panasonic's huge losses on plasma TV production over the last few years; no one can take away the blur-free, vibrant and contrast-heavy pictures on sets like the the Panasonic TX-P42X60B that consistently outperform LED TVs. We're destined to see new plasmas in 2014 from Panasonic, but that will likely be that.
Our advice? Grab a plasma while you can. Though the Panasonic TX-P42X60B is selling (out) at places like Currys for a mere £299, we spotted Richer Sounds putting this fine HD-ready telly out to tender at just £279.
That's for walk-in customers only, however, but it's a remarkable price for one of the most reliable 42-inch TVs around that will – judging by Panasonic's heritage in plasmas – outperform and outlast LED TVs thrice the price.
Cheap TV deals of the month
Samsung LT24C300 24-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview | Was: £199.99 | Now: £139.99 | Argos
Finlux 24-inch 24H6072-D HD-ready LED TV with TV/DVD combi & Freeview | Was: £189.99 | Now: £139.99 | Argos
Sony KDL-32R423 32-inch HD-ready LED TV | Was: £349 | Now: £249.95 | Argos
Samsung UE32F4510 32-inch Full HD LED TV (white) with Freeview HD and Smart TV | Was: £429 | Now: £299 | Currys
LG 42LN543V 42-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £429.99 | Now: £279.99 | Currys
LG 42LN5400 42-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview | Was: £369.99 | Now: £309.99 | Argos
Panasonic TX-P50X60B 42-inch HD-ready plasma with Freeview HD | Was: £499.99 | Now: £379.99 | Co-operative Electrical
Samsung UE46F6320 46-inch 3D Full HD LED with Freeview HD and Smart TV | Was: £1,349 | Now: £749 | Littlewoods
LG 50PN450B 50-inch HD Ready plasma TV with Freeview | Was: £849 | Now: £549 | Littlewoods
Cheap TV deals: December 2013
Cheap TVs for Christmas are everywhere, but how about a gift that keeps on giving – all the way to Rio?
Down from a list price of £399 and seen selling recently for over £300, LG's 32-inch 32LN570U LED TV is selling now for £279.99 from almost all the usual retailers.
Bag the LG 32LN570U (exact spec here [http://www.lg.com/uk/tvs/lg-32LN570U]) from PC World of Currys and fill-in this form to claim a three-month Sky Movies Pass and seven separate Sky Sports Day Passes from LG. Those long winter nights will fly by – and come Spring you'll get full access to seven crucial Super Sundays. There's nothing cheap about this TV.
However, this isn't just a short-term sweetener. With three HDMI, three USB, awesome SmartShare networking between PC-TV-phone, and the UK's best smart TV platform in tow, the dual core processor-endowed LG 32LN570U is more advanced than most
And with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil guaranteed to be shown on free-to-air TV channels, the 32LN570U's provision of BBC One HD, BBC Two HD and ITV HD – pretty rare at this price – gives this cheap TV a couple of goals head-start.
Cheap TV deals of the month
Philips 24PFL3507T 24-inch LED TV with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £249.95 | Now: £169.95 | Richer Sounds
Samsung UE32F5000 32-inch Full HD TV | Was: £299 | Now: £259 | Amazon
Toshiba 40L1353DB 40-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £379.95 | Now: £299.95 | Richer Sounds (must buy in-store)
Panasonic TX-P42X60B HD Ready plasma with Freeview HD | Was: £379.99 | Now: £329.99 | Co-operative Electrical
Panasonic TX-L42B6B 42-inch LED TV with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £479.99 | Now: £379.99 | Co-operative Electrical
Sony KDL-42W653 42-inch LED TV with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £749 | Now: £499 | Amazon
Panasonic TX-P42ST60E Full HD 3D NeoPlasma with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £750 | Now: £599 | Pixmania
Samsung PS60F5500 60-inch Full HD plasma with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £1,199 | Now: £949 | Richer Sounds
Samsung UE55F9000S 55-inch Ultra HD 4k 3D LED TV with Freeview HD & smart TV | Was: £3,299 | Now: £2,799.99 |
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.