10 Best TV Deals of Super Bowl 2014
You've invited a bunch of friends over to watch the Super Bowl, but your TV looks like you bought it when Bo Jackson was still playing. Fortunately, a number of retailers are offering deals leading up to the "Big Game" in New Jersey. (That's right, New Jersey). Here are some tempting options we've handpicked from all the major retailers, ranging from sub-$500, 40-inch sets to 60-inch monsters under $800. That's less than the cost of a nosebleed seat at MetLife Stadium, and you won't have to freeze your butt off, either.
Samsung 40" Smart LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV (UN40EH5000) $419
This 40-inch HDTV from Samsung (available at Walmart) will leave you plenty of money to spend on beer and nachos. A built-in eco-sensor automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the environment. It's fairly thin, at 3.7 inches, but only has two HDMI ports. However, a USB port lets you connect a flash drive to show movies using the ConnectShare feature.
Philips 40" Class 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (40PFL4908/F7) $399
Who said small TVs had to be dumb? On sale at Target, Philips' 40-inch HDTV has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to wirelessly run apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, NetTV, Facebook and Internet Radio. The screen has a rated brightness of 400 nits, and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. Around back are four HDMI ports, component and composite inputs, VGA and USB.
Seiki Digital 39" 4K Ultra HD LED TV $499
Here's proof that 4K displays don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Seiki's 39-inch TV (on sale at Amazon) has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, and a 120Hz refresh rate, making this display as good for productivity as it is for watching pigskin. Ports include three HDMI, two USB, a VGA, and a component. This could be a great way to future-proof your TV for less money, but make sure your room is large enough to handle all the pixels; you should be about 7 feet away to get the most out of these displays.
Sharp 42" Class LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV (LC-42LB150U) $349
This 42-inch LED HDTV will fit nicely into smaller apartments. We also like that it has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is great for sports content, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. At 220 nits, this panel isn't the brightest, but it will more than suffice for enjoying the big game. The set comes with three HDMI ports, a DVI and a USB, so it covers all your connectivity bases.
VIZIO 60" Class LED 1080p 120Hz SMART HDTV $798
Head to Walmart and snatch up a 60-inch beast for just $798. This Smart TV features Vizio's Internet app, which lets you access Netflix and YouTube right on the big screen. The remote, which has a full QWERTY keyboard, makes it easy to enter search terms and URLs. The display is just 1.94 inches thick and boasts SRS StudioSound HD, ideal for enjoying Richard Sherman's rants.
LG 55" Class 1080p 60Hz LED TV (55LN5200) $699
LG's 55-inch LED TV has a super-high 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and uses LG's Triple XD engine to deliver a crisp 1080p image. The players should look like they're popping off the screen. Available at Target, this set has only two HDMI ports, but includes optical audio and video, USB 2.0, component/composite and an Ethernet connection.
Samsung - 55" LED 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV (UN55F6300AFXZA) $999
Apart from its sharp 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, we also like that this 55-inch Samsung TV is just 1.9 inches thick. Inside, it has a dual core processor, making this Best Buy bargain well suited for running Internet-connected apps such as Netflix, Facebook and YouTube via the TV's Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. This device also supports AllShare, so you can stream content from your tablet or smartphone wirelessly great for a halftime diversion that isn't Bruno Mars. The set comes with four HDMI and three USB ports.
Samsung 65" Class 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (UN65EH6000FXZA) $1,399
With a score of 240 for Clear Motion Rate — a measure of frame refresh rate, image processor speed and backlight technology — this Samsung will keep Wes Welker looking sharp as he streaks down the sideline. This Target special also features ConnectShare Movie (which lets you play multimedia from a connected USB drive), Gaming Mode, Auto Channel Programming, and V-Chip parental controls.
Samsung 55" 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV (UN55F7100) $1,497
Absolutely packed with features, the F7100 Series is just 1.2 inches thick and has a super-thin bezel. Yet, it still boasts a 240Hz 3D display (four pairs of glasses are included). While there's not an abundance of 3D content out there, the TV can convert 2D content, too— such as the Super Bowl. Available from Amazon, this Smart TV has voice control, so you can ask it, "What action movies are on?" or navigate the Smart Hub's myriad apps with the touch-sensitive remote control.
Sharp AQUOS Quattron 60" LED 1080p 240Hz Smart 3D HDTV $1,299
What better way to see Manningface in all its glory? The 60-inch Sharp Aquos Quattron comes with two pairs of 3D glasses and UV2A Display technology; it has a 240Hz refresh rate and a 10 million:1 contrast ratio. Quattron color technology adds yellow pixels to the standard red, green and blue, making for a more vibrant image. Yes, even the cold MetLife stadium should look vibrant. On sale from Best Buy, this set sports several apps, including Netflix, Skype and CinemaNow.