It wasn’t long ago that 4K TVs were too expensive for the everyday home, but in 2019, 4K tech is very affordable in comparison to just 3-5 years ago. We wanted to take a look at some of the top 4K TVs available for less than £500.
Each of these TVs are highly rated and are often given good ratings for their colour, contrast, brightness, and of course, resolution. There are some differences here and there between models, so we will explain the differences clearly.
All of these TVs can also be purchased through Techscheme, which means you can save up to 12% on the price. We’ll explain about this in more detail and provide a pricing table for these TVs at the end.
This is the best pick for action fans thanks to the 100Hz mode.
Up first we have a cheap and cheerful LG LED panel with HDR. This TV starts at £299 with a 43 inch option, but if £500 is your budget, you could also opt for the 55 inch version for £399. This particular model features a number of key specs, including built-in Freeview, Freesat, and Google Assistant to bring voice control to your living room. This is a smart enabled TV, which means connecting to Netflix, Sky, or many other apps through LG's WebOS is absolutely possible.
In terms of picture quality, the panel used in this model is more than you'd expect to see at such a high price point. You get HDR10, which really adds a lot to the colour range. You also get TruMotion 100, which is essentially a higher refresh rate, at 100Hz. This will make action scenes seem even more fluid.
Ultimately, it’s quite a surprise that a TV like this can be found for under £300. With smart TV capabilities, 4K, HDR10, and a good size, there’s really nowhere to go wrong with this option.
This option is the best for somebody that wants the best visuals for the cheapest price possible.
The Samsung UE43RU7100KXXU is a beautiful display with a slimline body, sitting in a perfect spot for those that want the most vivid colours at a more affordable price point. You get a number of smart TV features on this TV through Universal Guide, and once again HDR10 makes an appearance on this 4K panel. You can also opt for the slightly more expensive 50 inch version for £499, which uses the exact same technology.
This is an LED display, like the LG option above it, so it’s not quite as bright and colourful as an OLED. At this price point, though, the panel on this TV is more than enough to impress.
Panasonic TX-55FX555B 55
This is the best option for those that care about size on a budget.
If size matters to you, but you are on a budget, the Panasonic TX-55FX555B may be an option that you’ll like. Despite only being £399, this option features a 55 inch LED panel with a 4K resolution.
You do get access to Freeview, YouTube, Prime Video, and Netflix out of the box, which is more than enough for some. With that being said, this Panasonic panel isn’t quite as smart as the two prior TVs. When size is more important though, it’s a worthy sacrifice.
If you care about sound quality, you may want to consider pairing this with a sound bar, as the speakers that come with the Panasonic TX-55FX555B lack much depth due to an almost nonexistent low end.
Samsung LED UE49NU7670 49"
A great first step into curved 4K territory for a good price.
You might be surprised, but you can get a curved 4K TV for under £500. The Samsung UE49NU7670 is a 49 inch curved panel that boasts HDR10+, a picture quality that beats all of the TVs seen so far, TV Plus, Freesat HD, and Samsung Smart Hub. The latter is packed with apps like Netflix, YouTube and a web browser.
Curved panels don’t usually come this cheap, so as you’d expect, there is a bit of a sacrifice. This Samsung curved TV doesn’t have the best sound quality. Surprisingly, it pushes out a bit too much bass for TV. However, pair this with a soundbar and you have an excellent living room cinema experience.
We should note that despite the curve, this is still an LED display, so it’s not quite as impressive as Samsung’s latest curved 4K OLEDS, however if you’re new to 4K then this is a huge step up from 1080p in every way possible. Samsung also rates it higher in terms of display quality when compared to the Samsung UE43RU7100KXXU above.
Summary and pricing
So there we have it, four great 4K TV models from three of the world’s most popular TV manufacturers. Below, we have provided an overview of the pricing and also how much you could save through Techscheme.
|LG 43UK6470PLC 43”
|LG 55UK6470PLC 55"
|Panasonic TX-55FX555B 55”
|Samsung UE43RU7100KXXU 43”
|Samsung UE50RU7100KXXU 50"
|Samsung LED UE49NU7670 49"
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