The best televisions for £500

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So you’ve read our buyer’s guide to TVs and you’re ready to make your purchase. David Bayon, Contributing Editor at PC Pro, rounds up the best TVs for under £500 and provides a handy comparison table.
Samsung UE32F6400
Samsung UE32F6400

eBay loves: excellent Smart TV and catch-up features.
Watch out for: white levels could be a bit higher.
RRP: £400
This 32-inch LED-backlit screen has a fine Full HD panel that upscales well and boasts great black levels, and the in-built speakers are good too.


Panasonic TX-L32E6B

eBay loves: excellent colours, contrast and detail.
Watch out for: not the best at upscaling SD content.
RRP: £369
A 32-inch TV with a Freeview HD tuner and built-in Wi-Fi, and the picture offers deep blacks, punchy whites and bold colours.


Toshiba 32L6353

eBay loves: a great choice for linking with smartphones and tablets.
Watch out for: the interface can be sluggish at times.
RRP: £450
We expect slightly better motion handling at this price, but this Toshiba has built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone streaming and it’s great at upscaling SD content.


Philips 32PFL4258T

eBay loves: one of the highest-quality 32-inch screens you’ll see.
Watch out for: it’s expensive for its size.
RRP: £480
On the expensive side for a 32-inch TV, but it has the kind of superb Full HD panel you simply won’t find for less.


Sony KDL32W65

eBay loves: beautiful design and a great all-round picture.
Watch out for: two HDMI inputs is a bit mean at this level.
RRP: £360
A beautiful physical design, with its stylish metal stand and thin bezel, and the 32-inch picture is excellent for the price too.

 

Comparison Table 
 
  Samsung UE32 Panasonic TXL32 Toshiba 32L6353 Philips 32PFL4258 Sony KDL32W65
Screen  32-inch 
1,920 x
1,080 LED
32-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LED 32-inch
1,920 x
1,080 LED
32-inch
1,920 x
1,080 LED
32-inch
1,920 x
1,080 LED
HDMI  3 3 4 3 2
3D Active (0 pairs) No No No No
Price £400 £369 £450 £480 £360
Summary Excellent screen, and you can add 3D. Packs in great features over size. Streaming features are great for smartphone users.
 
All about top-of-the-range image quality. Beautiful design to go with the great picture.

 
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