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$500 is a great price point to buy some of the best LCD Flat panel tvs upto sizes of around 32 inch. Typically, HDTVs with a higher screen size are priced much higher, and so are the better performing LED and Plasma HDTVs. Flat panels TVs under this category are usually internet ready capable of accessing the different online apps easily. It all depends on the speed of the internet connection either Ethernet or WiFi.

The picture display is great for Plasma TVs in dark settings, while the LED's in this bracket are ideally suited for normal viewing conditions. Having ample HDMI, USB, composite/component connections enables you to use external devices such DVD players, BluRay's, Xbox etc. Depending on brand you opt for there are variations in the interfaces/menu or the type of remotes available, each having its own pros and cons.

3D, Smart TV features with easily customisable menus interfaces, gaming options are some of the features to look for when buying the best TVs under $500. Vizio is the leading brand to buy at the sub-$500 price point although Sony, Proscan and JVC also have some good options.

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Vizio M 1i-A2

VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV


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VIZIO M 1i-A2
Vizio M 1i-A3
Samsung UN F5500
Samsung UN FH6030
Samsung UN FH5000
VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
VIZIO M401i-A3 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN32F5500 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN40FH6030 40-In 1080p 3D LED TV
Samsung UN39FH5000 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV
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Release Date
May 2013
May 2013
Feb 2013
Apr 2013
Apr 2013
Contrast Ratio
200, 000:1
10000000:1
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
LCD Response Time
6.0 ms
6.0 ms
Screen Size
32.0 inch
40.0 inch
32.0 inch
40.0 inch
39.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready

  • The 32 inch M321d sells for a modest $398 and is very attractively priced for this size and feature set. The LG 32LN5700 has the same set of features and sells for a bit more. This TV should be a great seller.


  • The Samsung UN50F5500 has a lot to offer even though much has been done away with to get the price down. For the price, the picture quality is strong and the Smart Hub adds more than enough functionality to make this a great choice. Competing models include the 50LN5700 from LG, The Panasonic TC-L50E60, and the Toshiba 50L4300U. The F5500 wins out on price against all three.