Big-screen TV? Check. Now let’s look at some smaller screens. Now I know you’re really, really tempted to buy the cheapest TV out there today like this 32-inch $139 Insignia TV from Amazon – but I wouldn’t advise it.
Why not? Well, at 32-inches you certainly don’t need 4K, but at least 1080p is recommended, especially if you’re going to be close to it. It uses the Fire TV smart platform, which is fine, but it likely won’t be able to keep up with it once Amazon updates it six months from now. The motion artefacting is going to be rough, too.
Basically, it’s very cheap but you’re getting what you pay for.
Instead, folks looking for a reasonably sized TV should look at this RCA 40-inch 1080p Roku TV instead. Roku is slightly more processor-friendly than Fire TV and it’s only $50 more than the Insignia model.
Anyways, let’s get back to the TV deals. We’ve covered mid-range and high-end so far, so let’s look next at some big-screen TVs that are on sale today.
One in particular that stood out to me was this 75-inch Toshiba Fire TV that’s only $749. I think this one’s a good pick for folks who have Amazon Prime or signed up for Prime for Cyber Monday, and want a big new smart TV in their living room.
It’s got a lot of the features I look for when I’m reviewing TVs including a voice remote and Dolby Vision HDR, and the DTS Virtual:X should help it sound great right out of the box. You’ll still probably want a soundbar for the full cinematic experience, but that can always come at a later date.
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I mentioned the LG C1 OLED earlier (if you missed it, it’s on sale for $700 off at Amazon for Cyber Monday) but I feel compelled to make a case for my other favorite OLED to come out this year, too – that’s the Sony A80J.
If it were in stock, you’d find the A80J in a 65-inch screen size for around the cost of the LG C1 OLED, but those looking to spend even less on the exceptional OLED can find a 55-inch version on Amazon for $1,398 ($300 off its regular MSRP).
What I like the most about it is that it’s an OLED (duh!) but inside it’s rocking Sony’s new Cognitive XR Processor that does an immaculate job upscaling sub-4K content, and uses Google TV, which is a cool new smart TV platform introduced last year.
One more mid-ranger for you, then we’ll move on to some of the heavy hitters that are getting some steep discounts for Cyber Monday.
For folks looking for a cheap OLED TV (there are plenty of you out there!), I recommend the Vizio OLED, on sale for $999 at Best Buy. With the OLED panel it’s great for home cinemas with controlled lighting, and it’s equipped with two HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K/120 when paired with the Xbox Series X and PS5.
If you want to spend a bit more on a Mini LED TV that’s a bit better than the TCL 6-Series, you’re looking at the LG QNED 90. It’s available in a 65-inch size for $1,599. It’s going to hurt the wallet more, sure, but it will be much easier on the eyes.
Now that some of the lower-cost models have been mentioned, let’s take a look at some of those juicy mid-range sets that are also getting some great deals today.
One of my favorite TVs from this past year, the Sony X90J, is on sale all over the web for Cyber Monday and will drop down to just $999 for a 55-inch model at Best Buy.
If you’re looking for something larger, check out the 65-inch TCL 6-Series R646 that’s also on sale for $999.
The LG C1 OLED was always going to be a bestseller for Cyber Monday after the stellar showing of the CX, its 2020 predecessor.
The C Series sits at that perfect crossover of price and performance, offering uncompromising picture quality with an OLED panel and high-spec processor, at a very reasonable cost for such premium technology.
LG has cottoned on to a very successful pricing strategy, too, gradually dropping the price of its C1 OLED in the run-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, pulling in another wave of shoppers every few weeks.
The real spirit of Cyber Monday is in getting the cheapest gadgets possible – and Best Buy delivers on that promise. TV sales at Best Buy start at truly measly figures, with this 24-inch Insigna HD TV going for just $99.99 after a $70 discount.
You’re only getting HD resolution, but a slick Fire TV smart platform, a host of streaming apps, and compact sizing will make this a dream buy for a budget shopper with simple TV needs.