How to Spot a Great HDTV Deal

How to Spot a Great HDTV Deal
It’s safe to say you’re probably not going to find too many bargains on 3DTVs at the moment. For those, you’ll have to wait for Black Friday but right now you can find good deals on all sizes and types of HDTV sets by either sacrificing some cutting edge features or using Retrevo to help spot a great bargain.
Features You Might be Able to Do Without
If you’re willing to forego some cutting edge features to safe some money, here’s a list of some features you might be able to lose without sacrificing much in quality.
Even though most HDTV sets support 1080p these days in some cases you might be able to get by with 1080i or 720p resolution. First of all if the set is a 37-inch or smaller set most people can’t tell the difference between 1080p and 1080i. Second, if you are going to watch most programming from a cable or satellite connection keep in mind these providers transmit almost entirely in 1080i or 720p.
The state of the art for LCD TV backlights is edge-lit LEDs which make the set thinner, save energy and look a little better. As the industry moves to LED backlights you may be able to find a good deal on a CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) backlit TV which are almost as good.
Plasma TVs
Plasma TVs have historically offered better values in large sizes however as LCD TVs have grown in popularity that advantage has dwindled. Plasma TVs have seen a resurgence as 3DTVs however you may be able to find some older plasma HDTVs from manufacturers like Samsung at bargain prices.
HDMI 1.3
The newest standard for HDMI ports is version 1.4a. This version will be necessary for Full HD 3DTV but if you can get by with version 1.3 for most other programming including some 3D content.
If You Can Get a Deal on One of These TVs Grab It
Sometimes you can finds promotional deals on HDTV sets with cutting edge features. Here are some features we have seen on TVs being offered at bargain prices.
Connected TVs
Lately we’ve seen some good deals on TVs that connect to the Internet through your home network. The best connection would be wireless (WiFi) so you don’t have to run an ethernet cable. Connected TVs are the way of the future and if you can get a deal on one, we say go for it!
Blu-ray Bundle
We’ve seen some good deals on TVs that come bundled with a Blu-ray player. Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players are selling for around $200 so if you can find a good deal on a TV and they are throwing in a Blu-ray player you should strongly consider it.
Lots of HDMI Ports
If you’re like most TV owners, you might have a cable box, a DVD player, and a game console plugged into your TV. HDMI provides the best connection at the moment and a set with 3 or more HDMI ports will make it possible to hook everything up to the TV with HDMI. The more the better.
Use Retrevo to Analyze a Deal
Retrevo uses advanced technology to analyze prices and features that can help you find the best deals. Here are three important points of reference you’ll find for most popular HDTV sets:
How Old is This Product?
Retrevo’s life cycle chart can tell you how new or old a product is. As far as deals go, keep in mind that often yesterday’s products can be today’s bargains.
What’s a Fair Price?
The lower the sale price is to Retrevo’s “Fair Price,” the better the deal. Retrevo looks at many data points to derive this price. If you find a highly recommended product offered for below the Fair Price, we say you should seriously consider buying it.
Did it Get Good Reviews?
One of the most important considerations when looking for a good deal on an HDTV set is whether or not experts and users liked it. Retrevo looks at scores from user reviews and expert reviews and comes up with a thumbs up/down summary.
Retrevo.com is one of the largest consumer electronics review and shopping sites in the world, helping people decide what to buy, when to buy, and where to buy. Retrevo uses artificial intelligence to analyze and graphically summarize more than 50 million real-time data points from across the web to give shoppers the most comprehensive, unbiased, up-to-date product information they need to make smart, confident purchasing decisions for electronics.