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The best flat panel tvs under $1200 are some of the better and pricier LCD TV alternatives (around 40 inch screen size) on offer by brands such as Samsung. Samsung tends to be on the pricier side, and you can typically have almost similar quality LCD hdtvs by cheaper brands like Toshiba and Viewsonic at the sub-$1000 price point.

Sub-$1200 is also a great price point to start of with some entry level LED TVs though if you go slightly higher to around $1500 you can lay your hands on some of the best LED TVs in the market today.

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Panasonic TC-P ST60

Panasonic TC-P60ST60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV


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Panasonic TC-P ST60
LG LA7400
LG Electronics LA6200
Sharp Aquos LC LE650
Samsung PN F5500
Panasonic TC-P60ST60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
LG 55LA6200 55-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
Sharp LC60LE650 Class Aquos 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV
Samsung PN51F5500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
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Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio
1:5500000
4, 000, 000: 1
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Plasma TV
Screen Size
60.0 inch
47.0 inch
55.0 inch
60.0 inch
51.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready

  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • 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 IĆ¢?? ve watched at home.


  • The midrange LG LA6200 LED LCD TV gets points for looks and smarts, but loses even more due to its picture quality.


  • This is one of the best features of the 55LA6200, value. At $1100 it's tough to beat in the 55" size for value. It competes with the Panasonic TC-P55ST60. Samsung's answer is the UN55F6400. The LA6200 is one of the best value buys in the market.


  • If you need a bigger panel without a price tag to match, the LA6200 series is a pretty decent bet. This isn't an exciting TV - the black levels are middling and the controls are downright spartan. But if you aren't a picture purist and fancy features like apps and 3D are important to you, you could do a lot worse.

    My advice? Do yourself a favor and take a look at the Google-powered TVs from LG this year instead.


  • The Sharp LE650 series sets the big-screen LCD TV value bar high with very good picture quality for the price.


  • There aren't many 60-inch LED Smart TV's that can be had for $1,100. Actually, at the time of this review, we were only able to find one near that price: The Vizio E601i. And since we've not had the opportunity to review that particular model, we can't draw a comparison. However, we can say that the Sharp LE650 offers great value.

    You won't get inky blacks, deep shadow detail or spectacular contrast from this TV, but what you will get is excellent color, outstanding brightness and an interface that is a delight to use.


  • The Sharp LC-70LE650 is a huge 70-inch LCD HDTV with very good overall image quality as it has good black levels and color-accuracy. The sound could be better and the price is high compared to other large TVs, but it is an impressive set.


  • The Samsung F5500 plasma offers great features and very good picture quality, but its performance suffers significantly under the lights.

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    The PN51F5500 is the smallest size in the mid tier plasma series from Samsung. Picture quality is strong here but it lacks a bit when compared to the top tier F8500 plasma. This is to be expected, but the feature set is still quite good. The F5500 uses Active 3D to create 3D images, Samsung's new Smart Hub is offered with all the apps and online content you would ever need. It loses the built in front-facing camera, but voice interaction is present a lot more useful than we initially thought it would be.