home : hot deals & information involving: televisions Friday, August 22, 2014
- Vizio 60" LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV & $250 Card for $850
Dell.com is selling a Vizio 60-inch (E600i-B3 model) LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $850, same price that other online stores sell it for.
Dell is including a free $250 eGift Card with the order, and an additional year of warranty coverage.
To get the deal, add one to the cart.
View the cart, and it should say "Receive a $250 Dell PROMO eGift Card with this purchase" as one of the line items.
Be sure the eGift Card shows in the cart, because they can remove this promotion at any time.
They also include a free additional year of warranty coverage, for a total of 2 years of coverage on this TV.
When you complete the purchase, your eGift Card will arrive by email within 20 days.
The $250 value can be applied toward anything at Dell.com (computers, TVs, accessories, games, etc).
Beware that the eGift Card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so the $250 credit should be used before you lose it.
The TV has pretty good reviews.
It has built-in apps for watching Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube.
- Samsung 50" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV & $200 Card for $548
Samsung (UN50EH5000) 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $548, which is about $50 less than what most other stores sell it for.
Add one to the cart, and a $200 eGift Card should automatically appear for free.
Be sure the free $200 card appears in the cart, because they can remove this promotion anytime.
The $200 gift card will arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
Good reviews on this TV.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference by nearby wires.
The cables could be fine, but you may get no signal because of interference from electrical wires near your TV.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked in our home.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and the cables may work great for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
- Seiki 22" Old-looking 1080p HDTV for $100
This is a deal because the price is $70 to $120 less than what everyone else sells it for (including sellers on Ebay), and it has positive reviews.
The old-look can be a really cool feature in a room, however paying $100 is just a fair (not great) price for a 22-inch HDTV.
- LG 50" Plasma 720p HDTV & $200 Gift Card for $399
LG 50-inch (PB560B) 720p Plasma 600Hz HDTV for $399 with free shipping.
When added to the cart, a free $200 eGift Card should automatically appear.
Be sure the $200 free gift card appears, because Dell could cancel this promotion at any time.
After buying the TV, your $200 "eGift Card" should arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
- Vizio 23" 720p HDTV & $100 Gift Card for $178
Add a Vizio 23-inch E231i-B1 720p LED-backlit LCD HDTV to your cart for $178.
View the cart, and you should see a $100 Promo eGift Card.
The gift card is free.
After buying the TV, your $100 gift card should arrive by email in 20 days.
You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com.
The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so you will have limited time to use it.
- LG 60" Plasma 1080p HDTV & $150 Gift for $700
LG 60-inch Plasma 1080p 600Hz HDTV for $700.
Usually sells for around $900.
When you add it to the cart, a free $150 Dell eGift Card appears in the cart.
Be sure the free $150 gift card appears before beginning checkout.
The TV has positive reviews.
Plasma uses more energy and weighs more than a LED/LCD screen.
This one weighs nearly 100-pounds.
- LG 32" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $269
LG 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is currently priced at $269 through BuyDig.com's Ebay store.
Mostly positive reviews and usually sells for $100 more.
As we expected, the Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is back on sale for under $400 ($380, this time).
This is a great value for a 50-inch television.
We like ours, and most customers are happy with their purchase as well.
It costs about half of the price of 50-inch TVs you will find at Costco, Best Buy, and Amazon.
Some detailed specs are on the manufacturer's website.
Newegg has an unboxing video.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference.
HDMI is a digital signal, so it either works or does not work (there is no static when signals are weak), so you will know right away if the cables work for you.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked for us.
The cables themselves were fine, but their lack of sufficient shielding meant the free cables could not carry a 1080p digital signal when near any electrical interference sources, like electronics and other wires.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and they may work for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
The picture quality of the TV is excellent for a bedroom TV.
As a living room TV, the picture quality is very good but certainly not as good as a Samsung 7000-series, 8000-series, or other big-name brand TV would be.
The Samsung 7000/8000 models go for $1000 to $2200 apiece, a huge jump in price over this Changhong.
In terms of value, the $1000+ and $2000+ TVs will probably not hold their value as well as this Changhong would.
If you bought a new $1200 TV today and tried to sell it in 2 years, you may get $600 or $800 for it (loss of at least $400).
Selling your $380 Changhong 50-inch TV may have a value of roughly $250 in 2 years (loss of $130 or so).
As portable devices become more popular alternatives to "TV" watching, and as better screen technology will be coming out in the next couple years, it is unclear how popular today's LED big-screen television technology will be in a few years.
One thing that is clear, they will drop in value the moment they arrive in your home.
Therefore, unless you really, really need to have nothing less than the superior image quality of a $1000+ TV, we would recommend a relatively inexpensive TV like this Changhong 50-inch.
If you want to mount it on a wall, we recommend this flat/tilt mount or this articulating arm bracket.
The Changhong TV's HDMI ports are on the side of the TV, so your HDMI cables may stick out the side.
If you want to hide your HDMI cables behind the TV, we used a HDMI Right Angle Port Saver which angles the HDMI cable upward instead of out the side of the TV.
There are other HDMI adapters too, that can angle your HDMI wires to fit your cable-hiding desires.
If you need help mounting a TV and hiding the HDMI & electrical wires inside your walls, consult a local electrician or handyman (Craigslist is full of them).