The way we watch television is changing, and there is an increasing demand for TVs to do more. From recording our favorite shows to accessing the internet for on-demand content, the modern TV is an entertainment hub which handles a ton of different tasks. If you are looking for the best TV under $600, you have come to the right place. Check out our reviews and buying information for a number of leading models.
$600 can get you a whole lot when choosing a TV. Smart TVs with Wi-Fi capability, Ultra HD 4K graphics and state of the art sound quality are not reserved for the elite – these great machines are now available on a sensible budget. You could bring a fantastic 55 inch LED screen into your own living room, and enjoy the very best in gaming and movie quality.
Why Ultra HD?
Recent innovations in display graphics have brought us 4K television: four times more pixels than standard HD. Many new TVs offer 4K capability, and almost all of this year’s leading models display in Ultra HD. Sharper, brighter and bolder than ever, Ultra HD LED TVs are now a must-have for every home and you can pick one up for less than you might think.
Choosing the right TV
What matters most when selecting a new TV? Start with the screen size. A large screen can give you beautiful cinema quality images, but in a small room you might find it hard to see properly. Between 40 and 50 inches should be sufficient for most rooms, though a curved screen can make a larger TV more practical in a small space. Consider whether your new TV will stand on a unit or be mounted to the wall or ceiling – you should select a model that best suits the home it will have.
Second on your consideration list will be your budget. Are you looking for the very latest in TV technology, or do you need an affordable machine that meets your viewing purposes? The good news is that $600 can get you some pretty exciting technology these days – you don’t have to miss out on those cool Smart features or that handy internet connectivity. Get top of the range television sets that won’t break the bank.
Our top picks for new TVs under $600
- Size: 52.4 x 6.8 x 32.6 inches; 49.8 pounds
- Display: 55 inch screen; 1080 pixel HD resolution; 60 Hz refresh rate
Send photos and even video clips directly to the screen from your cell phone or tablet, and stream music of your choosing in the background while you watch. Apps and game content can also be projected directly to the screen. The TV also streams content from Netflix, Hulu and other video stores, and it can play files directly from your USB flash drive.
The X-Reality PRO technology is very noticeable in the display – pictures look bright and clear, and colors are sharp and defined. The sound meets usual Sony expectations and is loud and clear, although the TV does benefit from connection to your own surround sound system if you prefer the fully immersive experience. Some apps lack support on this model but on the whole, this is a versatile and affordable Smart TV – ideal for home use.
- Size: 48.8 x 9.8 x 30.8 inches; 22.1 pounds
- Display: 55 inch screen; 1080 pixel resolution; 120 Hz refresh rate
Brighter and clearer than ever before, picture quality is the top selling point for this great little VIZIO Smart TV. Using Full-Array LED backlight technology and a super-fast refresh rate, you can enjoy state of the art cinema graphics in your own home. This great TV has built in Wi-Fi, and you can access VIZIO Internet Apps Plus for streaming shows, music and movies.
The large screen size is perfect for wall mounting, but it still fits comfortably into home living rooms. There are also feet for standing on a unit if preferred. Sound quality is lacking a little but the multi-port connections and Bluetooth capabilities mean you can connect to most home speakers easily. Users report high levels of satisfaction with this great television, and it certainly falls into the budget-friendly category.
Samsung UN50KU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
- Size: 44.4 x 2.5 x 25.8 inches; 29.1 pounds
- Display: 50 inch screen; 1080 pixel resolution; 120 Hz refresh rate
If you are looking for a television that can be a complete entertainment center, consider this amazing Samsung model. Along with Ultra HD technology for the best picture quality and huge 50 inch screen, this TV has plenty of features to keep you amused. Members of the PlayStation network can stream games right from the Cloud without a console – just connect to the Wi-Fi and sign in. You can also send games, movies and more from your cell phone or tablet, straight to the screen.
Connect to other devices with the 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports – you can play files straight off a flash drive and you can hook up DVD players, consoles and more. When it comes to watching shows and movies, the Upscaling Picture Engine actually upgrades low resolution images to give you the clearest picture possible.
- Size: 43.6 x 8.6 x 27.8 inches; 26.5 pounds
- Display: 49 inch screen; 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution; 120Hz refresh rate
This LG model truly makes the most of 4K TV’s capabilities, and it delivers an impressive 3840p x 2160p resolution that makes any picture look sharp. Although the screen is slightly smaller than other models we reviewed, this quality more than makes up for the few inches lost. All content is automatically upscaled to match the 4K capabilities. This is definitely one of the best televisions for image quality available under $600.
However, if the features and additions are what you are looking for, this might not be the right choice for you. The Smart capabilities are fairly standard and apps are limited. For home movies, console gaming and watching television, this is a top pick and it will suit most budgets. It certainly gives the superior image quality you want for a home theater.
All details and prices correct at the time of writing, taken from Amazon.com
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