Below we have compiled an informed list of the Best TV for under £500 2016. An overview of features such as picture quality, performance, build quality, design, colours and contrasts is given whilst a NewTechNow current market comparative score for features, performance, build quality and value is provided to break down the key aspects of the TV’s
Best TV for under £500 2016
1. Philips 40PUT6400
|Screen Size (Inches)||40|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||700|
|Display||4K Ultra HD LED|
|Other Features||Android OS, 2 x 10W audio system, Freeview HD tuner, Wi-Fi, 8GB extendable memory|
Value For Money
Android interface slow at times
Our Number 1 best tv for under £500 is the Philips 40PUT6400 is a low budget TV that unlike many other budget TV’s, packs a lot of punches. It includes features such as UHD 4k, 700Hz refresh rate and smart integrated OS and Wi-Fi which are hard to find on other TV’s in this price range.
Despite the lack of one of Philips good traits (Ambient Mood Lighting), its brightness of 300 cd/m² is plenty to attract your vision. To add to this the Philips 40PUT6400 has ‘Natural Motion’ as well as a very competitive 700Hz refresh rate. The multiple HDMI and USB slots are included in a wide range of connectivity options whilst a 20W surround sound system is boosted by dynamic bass enhancement. The TV’s Freeview and interactive program services allow for a diverse range of comfortable, controllable viewing experiences. But perhaps the greatest feature of this TV is the 40” 3840 x 2160 display that is almost unmatchable in this price range, the picture clarity will immerse you in whatever you happen to be watching.
In summary, it’s a great TV at a great price with very few drawbacks. The build quality is not quite up to the standards of the more premium 40” TV’s but it more than makes up for this with its versatility and extensive range of features. You can have confidence that you have made the right choice in investing in this TV.
2. Samsung Series 6 J6300 40-Inch
|Screen Size (Inches)||40|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||800|
|Display||Full HD Widescreen Curved LED|
|Other Features||Quad core Proccesor, Wi-Fi, 1080p, Freeview, 3000 R Screen curvature|
Quad Core Processor
Great Picture quality
Picture can look washed out at extreme angles
Cheap feeling Stand
For those of you willing to dive into the modern viewing experience that is the curved TV, the Samsung UE40J6300 is a compelling option. Its immersive viewing experience, ghostless imaging experience and vibrant colours outcompete most other TV’s in its price range. The Samsung J6300 range offers a relatively chunky 40” LED backlit 1080p widescreen, with inbuilt Wi-Fi and Freeview.
One of its many draws is the performance of this TV, it has a comparatively high refresh rate as well as a speedy quad core processor that facilitates smooth, crisp images. Its auto depth enhancing technology produces a realistic depth of image whilst its natural colour balance will have you hooked. In spite of the superior image quality and viewing experience, the Samsung UE40J6300 lacks slightly in build quality with it plasticky base.
However, it is hard to find faults in this TV and its unique viewing experience will submerge you into your TV shows. With a quality range of desirable features such as Dolby Digital Sound, SmartHub OS and inbuilt Wi-Fi and Freeview, it would be almost impossible to find a TV with these specs at a lower price. It’s hard to go wrong with this award winning TV. Therefore the Samsung UE40J6300 is our Number 2 Best TV for under £500 2016.
3. Sony KDL-32W706B
|Screen Size (Inches)||32|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||200 Hz + Motionflow XR|
|Display||LCD TV with edge LED lighting
|Other Features||920 x 1080 pixels, Wi-Fi, Sony Entertainment Network, X-Reality Pro processing engine, Dolby Digital Sound|
Detailed, high quality picture with deep contrast and natural colours
Lovely design and interface
200Hz , but boosted by Motionflow XR
Sound Quality good but not great
The Sony Sony KDL-32W706B is the smallest and cheapest of our selection, but it’s also solid as a rock. Theres nothing to disappoint, its just an all round great TV. With deep blacks and scintillating colour contrast, its assured that the picture will stun and unlike many others of its competotors it comes with a full HD 1920 x 1080 panel. It got everything you would want from a TV, but built with quality components and expertise.
Despit a 200Hz refresh rate, a rich picture quality and sleek picture transition is aided by its X-Reality Pro processing engine. In general, the usability and user friendliness of this TV is delightful and easy whilst the intergrated Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the internet and the Sony Entertainment Network. The metallic design with minimal frame is aesthetically pleasing whilst adhering to a complete array of connectivity options. But its real accomplishment is the stunning picture quality that produces bright, refined, sharp images with little reduction in clarity in dark scenes. It certainly keeps up with its bigger, pricier competitors in this regard but maybe doesn’t keep up as well in terms of sound quality. Multimedia can be played back veer Wi-Fi or USB, adding to the range of great features this TV holds.
The verdict on this TV is unanimous it seems, with great reviews across the board, this all rounder packs all the punches at this price range and even above. It would make a perfect 2nd or bedroom television.
4. Panasonic TX-50CS520B
|Screen Size (Inches)||50|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||100 Hz BMR|
|Display||LED LCD 1080p|
|Other Features||Viera, Bright Panel Plus, 20W Stereo System, Adaptive Backlight Dimming, Wi-Fi|
Great Sound Quality
Great Picture quality
Lack of Design flare
Only 2 HDMI's
The Panasonic TX-50CS520B is the perfect mix of value, screen size and quality. Although strictly, it is considered to be a budget TV, the performance and spec suggest otherwise. Not only is it a 50” full HD, but it comes with the quality features such as ‘Viera’ that we all know and love. Even the build quality seems up to scratch.
The Panasonic TX-50CS520B incorporates ‘smart’ internet features with a user friendly operating system. Although its 200Hz refresh rate is not at the heights of more premium models, the Panasonic makes up for it with its intelligent frame creation which ultimately provides charming visuals. With comparatively high rates of contrast and deep blacks the versatile screen will emit a quality image, whatever you may be watching! The 20W audio system amplifies impressive sound clarity with hefty bass and vibrant midtones, the sound quality outcompetes many other TV’s in this price bracket.
The minimalistic design isn’t ugly but the lack of connectivity ports may be troublesome for some (you could buy an adapter). However, your getting excessive amounts of bang for your buck with this surprisingly impressive TV. The image quality, HD sound and online features make this a top TV to buy in 2016.
5. Finlux 50FME249S-T
|Screen Size (Inches)||50|
|Refresh Rate (Hz)||50|
|Display||LED TV Full HD 1080p|
|Other Features||Freeview, Wi-Fi, DTS TruSurround HD, A+ efficiency rating|
Great picture Detail
Freeview and Online Features
50Hz Refresh rate
Finlux may not be a ‘big player’ when it comes to premium TV’s, but this budget set proves that it is capable of competing with the big boys. For a not so premium price you get a massive 50” screen that outputs full 1080p HD picture quality whilst providing vivid colours and decent contrast. Its not quite the cheapest of the cheap but the Finlux 50FME249S-T offers advanced features that you may want moving forward with Technology.
The Finlux 50FME249S-T offers suitable connectivity options and has a range of pre-installed apps such as youtube, Iplayer and Facebook. The built in Freeview offers convenience whilst a 20W audio system produces crisp sounds. The 50Hz refresh leaves somewhat to be desired but this is partially counteracted by a speedy 15ms response time.
Whilst this wouldn’t fit in the ‘premium’ category, the Finlux 50FME249S-T is a very worthy consideration due to its value for money, large screen size and picture quality.