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How to Find Reliable TVs Under $500

TV's Under $500In general, televisions have continued to drop in price over the years. Newer models always cost more money but steadily decline in cost. It’s now easily possible to find great televisions under $500 without much effort. This includes TVs from brands like RCA, Vizio, and Sharp. For the best results, a buyer should focus upon screen size, screen resolution, and quality of features. Not all televisions are worth purchasing simply because they’re affordable or on sale.

These days, 37″ televisions often prove the best options under $500. Higher quality brands offer TVs in this price range, starting at around $300 or so. A television with a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p is always recommended. Likewise, the device should feature multiple inputs and a quality build. Basically, each buyer needs to ensure they’re getting their money’s worth. Great televisions are available under $500, but the exact opposite is true, too.


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RCA
LED42C45RQ

  • Type: Standard
  • MSRP: $450

Smart Rating

90%
Manufacturer’s Description This TV is great for any room in your home. The TV uses rear lit LED technology to produce images with more vivid colors to enjoy the shows of your choice.

Features

Energy Star Qualified
Multiple Languages
Sleep Timer
HDMI Input
Stand Included
USB Port
Screen Technology LED-LCD
Vertical Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution Width 1,920
Resolution Height 1,080

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Vizio
M320SL

  • Type: 3D
  • MSRP: $470

Smart Rating

76%
Manufacturer’s Description VIZIO Internet Apps®, Edge Lit Razor LED™, 120Hz SPS refresh rate, Built-in WiFi (802.11n), 1080p Full HD, 200,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, SRS StudioSound HD™, Three HDMI® ports

Features

Built iWiFi
DLNA-Compatible
Energy Star Qualified
HDMI Input
Sleep Timer
USB Port
Screen Technology LED-LCD
Vertical Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution Width 1,920
Resolution Height 1,080

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Sharp
LC-42SV50U

  • Type: Standard
  • MSRP: $480

Smart Rating

72%
Manufacturer’s Description The LC-42SV50U is part of our most affordable line of LCD TVs. This 42” Class (42″ diagonal) model benefits from Sharp’s expertise as the leader in LCD TV technology. Full HD 1080p Resolution LCD Panel

Features

Stand Included
DLNA-Compatible
Energy Star Qualified
HDMI Input
Sleep Timer
USB Port
Screen Technology LED-LCD
Vertical Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution Width 1,920
Resolution Height 1080