No one should have to guess what’s going on in that dark scene of The Handmaid’s Tale. Since 2020, TV manufacturers have been pumping out large, affordable 4K panels at a wicked pace — which means watching your favorite content with punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions doesn’t have to be reserved for the movie theater. Each weekend, we’ll be compiling a list of our favorite 4K and QLED TV deals from Samsung, LG, Sony, and more.
Samsung’s Q800T series is already Samsung’s most affordable 8K TV. However, it has seen a discount that drops the 65-inch model to less than $2,000 for a few weeks now — and it needs to be talked about. Prepare to be thrown into depths double that of a 4K TV and brilliant pops of shade thanks to Samsung’s Direct Full Array 24X** backlighting.
A dark room is a prime environment for at-home movie — as long as your TV can actually carve out those dark scenes, that is. LG’s GX Series offers a near-infinite contrast ratio and black uniformity that’s inexplicably radiant. Plus, the luxe one-piece design takes it from a regular big TV to a true cinema accessory.
OUR TOP PICK: Sony 55-inch X80J Series 4K LED Smart TV (KD55X80J) — $749.99 (save $200)
Sony’s X80J series is an affordable-yet-capable line of 4K panel TVs introduced in early 2021. Prices were just revealed last month, but a few sizes are already on sale. The 55-inch X80J features Sony’s juicy X1 processor and can be grabbed for less than $750.
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OUR TOP PICK: TCL 75-inch 5-Series QLED 4K Smart TV (75S535) — $998 (save $201.99)
The chance to upgrade to a big, bad QLED for less than $1,000 is a prime example of just how mainstream this once-elusive TV tech has become. The 5 Series is the entry-level tier of the bunch and doesn’t have the same brightness as the 6-Series or 8-Series. But for the price, it’s a solid budget QLED with punchy colors and built-in Roku.