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Gone are the days of large, bulky CRT TVs. Modern TV technology has made it possible for the best TVs to have depths ranging from 1 to around 4 inches depending on the models and technology used.

LEDs, Plasmas and LCDs are in the lineup for the slimmest TVs in that order. The TV technology has encouraged the development of thin frames to support excellent displays. LED TVs are the slimmest TVs right now owing to the fact that the LEDs used here, can be placed either along the panels or throughout the backpanel at regular intervals. The small LEDs are inexpensive, energy efficient and be easily replaced compared to the crystals or the materials used in LCD/Plasma sets.

Slim TVs have the advantage of being either wall mounted or with stands. Looks being one of the factors when buying a TV, the slimmer, sleeker TV frame has an aesthetic appeal to it which adds to the decor of the room. All the major brands have kept this in mind to manufacture sets with stands that complement the thin frame. The stands from Samsung UN series, LG LA series drives home this point.

The slim feature is the latest in the long list which the TV brands are constantly upgrading and selling to the customers to retain the top position. Thinner the frame size, manufacturing cost increases. If price is not an issue then the best slim TVs are from LG, Samsung and Panasonic. The top rated slim TVs are shown below based on reviews from experts around the web.

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LG LA8600

LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV


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LG LA8600
LG LA7400
Samsung UN F7100
Panasonic TC-L DT60
Panasonic TC-L ET60
LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
Samsung UN55F7100 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L55DT60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Depth
1.34 in.
1.36 in.
1.2 in.
1.4 in.
1.4 in.
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Screen Size
55.0 inch
47.0 inch
55.0 inch
55.0 inch
55.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
16:9
16:9
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready

  • Although its lovely frame is packed with well-executed features, the flagship-priced LG LA8600 series LED LCD TV has the picture of a midrange model.


  • We really enjoyed the LA8600, even with its slight color temperature issue and yawn-worthy black levels. And while we easily say this is a terrific display, its huge asking price of $2,699.99 for a 55-inch model is a bit steep. Yes, you get a beautiful TV that will make your in-laws jealous, but you can also do that with Panasonic's DT60 and Samsung's F7100 for less. If supermodel-thin bezels are your thing, definitely consider the LA8600 if you find it on sale. Otherwise, do some comparison shopping.


  • The LG LA8600 series of HDTVs offers beautiful aesthetics, sharp 2D and 3D imagery, and rich color reproduction at a premium price. You get lots of features with this series, some of which are of questionable value.


  • The LG 55LA7400 promises to be a pretty good seller for LG with the excellent Magic Remote, 3D, and faster 240Hz processing speed, and superior sound quality. Competition is from the Samsung UN55F7500 and UN55F7100, as well as many plasma TVs such as the Panasonic TC-P55VT60. Overall the TV has lots to offer though as of this writing may not be the best value on the market at around $2000.


  • Picture quality like this on a TV half the price would be one thing, but a price just shy of two grand is another story; the 47-inch LA7400 carries an MSRP of $1799.99. Definitely look for this on sale - we found it online for about $1200. Sure, much of what you're paying for is features - but that's exactly the point. If you're looking for top-dog picture quality, move on.


  • If you are after an LED set, the LA7400 performs well compared to other LEDs in its price range. The 55-incher reviewed here is $1,600 at Amazon, and the 60-inches comes in at $1,900. The pre-calibration image was OK, but the calibrated image was often beautiful, with great color saturation and a nice, natural look. The black level/contrast ratio is similar to other edge-lit LED LCD models (as in, only OK), but it offers some of the best 3D Iâ?? ve watched at home.

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    In my opinion this TV looks as good or better than the ES8000 design-wise. A good chunk of dough has also been wiped from the price, so consider this one of my top value pics for 2013/2014. The only thing it gives up from the top model are the micro dimming ultimate, though it still has micro dimming, and it has a dual core processor rather than the quad-core, and no front facing camera.


  • The 55-inch F7100 is not worth $2,499 (though it's available right now for $1,699). While Samsung's Smart Hub (and the cable connectivity therein) is probably the best smart platform on the market, it's still only a smart platform. On one hand, this TV looks great, and is fitted with all of the modern accoutrement you might want with an investment in a new display. Be warned, though: It has a few drawbacks that make me hesitate to praise it further.


  • The Panasonic DT60 is an attractive looking, well-featured LED LCD TV, but mediocre picture quality and worse value make it a tough sell.


  • The DT60 series is packed full of features, and its picture is great. The fanatical picture purist will want to keep shopping; as with most LEDs, these TVs just can't dip far enough into the dark end of the greyscale to bring you the haunting blacks you want. But if you just want a stylish, beautifully designed TV that also offers amazing color, ample connectivity, smooth motion, and a fancy feature or two, the DT60 series will satisfy your needs.


  • The Panasonic TC-LDT60 series offers solid performance, pleasing aesthetics, and a generous feature set, but it's a bit pricey compared with other similarly equipped HDTV lines.


  • The TC-L55ET60 may be slightly overpriced at nearly $1250 when compared to some other 3rd tier models, but the strong picture quality nearly justifies it. The strong 3D performance helps its case too. Those in search of a good TV for 3D content may be in luck. The similar Samsung UN50F6400 sells for a bit less with the same features. The LG 50LA6200 is the passive 3D competition for the ET60.


Top 5 slim tv:

  1. LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  2. LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
  3. Samsung UN55F7100 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV
  4. Panasonic TC-L55DT60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV
  5. Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV