The 10 Best new Smart TVs
Ready to upgrade to a smart TV? Or move from HD to 3D? Here are the swankiest new sets on the market.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
With its super-slim 46in screen and classic design, this truly is a stylish offering from Samsung. The smart TV is 3D-active and can be controlled by remote control, hand gestures or your voice. The 3D aside, the 2D viewing is some of the best you will see.
For its size and wealth of features, this beautiful set from LG is great value for money. The near-invisible frame holds a 55in screen which delivers 3D and smart TV and it comes with two remotes and seven pairs of 3D glasses, which show that LG considers this a true family-entertainment system.
This 22in HD-ready television has energy- (and money-) saving features that mean the LED backlighting dims according to the scene. You can also use your smartphone to access films, songs and channels wirelessly through the Sony Entertainment Network.
With a five-star review from What Hi-Fi? this is a 50in television for anyone who doesn't want to pay over the odds to have a high-spec screen in their house. It may not be as slim as the top models but the picture quality is fantastic and considerably sharper than others in the same price range.
A top-of-the-range 55in 3D smart TV. This model boasts some really cool features such as Ambilight Spectra, which projects a glow of light around the sides of the television from the back of the screen on to the wall behind it, enlarging the screen and creating a more immersive, cinematic viewing experience.
At just under £500, this set of course misses out on some of the features you see with the ES8000 but it still packs a powerful punch. There is a 40in screen, slick design and the Samsung Smart Hub, which remains one of the best web-television interfaces.
A smart TV with a powerful 42in LED screen. It has full HD, is ideal for watching 3D films and has a special two-player gaming mode, meaning it is a perfect home-entertainment hub.
As the top dog of Toshiba's range, it's no surprise the specs on this slick-looking set are impressive. The 55in LED screen is full HD and has 3D capabilities and as well as the Toshiba Places content hub there is iPlayer, YouTube, a Freeview HD digital tuner and more inputs and outputs in the back than you could possibly need.
If you're new to the smart-TV party, this 47-inch Panasonic is a (relatively) inexpensive way to get involved. It doesn't offer 3D but comes loaded with Panasonic's Viera Connect Internet TV platform.
A 60in screen with an LED edge backlight, Freeview HD and Aquos Net+, the only thing this superb television doesn't have is 3D capability. If incredibly clear 2D with excellent audio is real enough for you, then this television, which won a Best Buy award from avforums.com, is damn near perfect.
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