Step aside 4K, the HDTV of the future has arrived and it's neither LCD nor plasma. Instead, this week's best TV deals spotlight the LG 55EA9800, a 55.4" 1080p Curved OLED TV for just $2,000. That's the cheapest price we've seen for any OLED set and an 80% price drop from its list price. Not one to try new technologies? We've also got deals on budget plasma, LCD, and 4K TVs.
LG 54.6" 1080p Cinema 3D Curved OLED Smart HD Television
Store: Micro Center
Price: $1,999.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $1,299
Is It Worth It?: The future of TV has arrived and it's neither 4K nor is it LCD. Instead it's the LG 55EA9800, a 54.6" 1080p Curved OLED HDTV. Though it sells for $9,999, Micro Center currently offers it for $1,999.99 (the price is e-mailed to you upon request and in-store pickup is required). That may be a tough pill to swallow for a 55" TV, but this isn't just any 55" TV. It's won the praise of PC Mag, CNET, Digital Trends, and Sound & Vision, the latter of which calls it "unequaled by any other type of consumer display."
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TVs use pixels that create their own light, so they're capable of turning off completely, something neither plasmas nor LCDs could ever achieve. For everyday use that means they produce blacks that are absolute, which in turn makes on-screen images pop. OLED sets are also less power hungry than LED-lit LCDs and they are freakishly thin. In addition to the curved design, this TV also sports 1080p resolution, WiFi, Smart TV apps, Magic Remote, and four HDMI inputs.
Samsung 43" 720p Plasma HD Television
Store: Best Buy
Price: $299.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $78
Is It Worth It?: Earlier this summer, Samsung announced it was pulling the plug on its plasma business. For plasma fans in search of a bargain, that means now is the time to buy. Though it maxes out at 720p, this 43" plasma is at an all-time price low and an excellent choice for shoppers who don't want to spend too much. Connectivity-wise, it features two HDMI ports and USB connectivity.
Toshiba 32" 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television
Store: Best Buy
Price: $199.99 in-cart with free shipping
Lowest By: $57
Is It Worth It?: With its ultra-slim bezel and modern design, you'd expect the Toshiba 32L2400U to cost twice its current price. But this $200 TV is at the cheapest price we've seen. The 32" LED-backlit TV features a 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and two HDMI ports.
LG 50" 600Hz 1080p WiFi Plasma Smart HD Television
Price: $499 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: The LG 50PB6650 is among the cheapest 50" connected TVs we've seen making it a top pick if you're in the market for a big-screen TV that can do it all. This 1080p plasma offers built-in WiFi with Smart TV support, MHL compatibility, and three HDMI inputs.
Seiki 50" 120Hz 4K2K 2160p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television
Price: $449 with free shipping
Lowest By: $130
Is It Worth It?: The 50" Seiki SE50UY04 is a "decent screen that gets satisfyingly bright and dark, but color issues and light bloom keeps its performance solidly in the budget HDTV category," says PC Mag. Nevertheless, it's among the cheapest 4K TVs we've seen. The $449 SE50UY04 features a 3840x2160 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, and three HDMI ports.