If you follow the world of gadgets, you must've noticed that the TV market has matured in the last decade. The high-resolution LED TVs are so affordable that you can buy one for as low as Rs 8,000 in India. However, with complicated names and even more complicated feature-set, it's very easy to get confused when it comes to picking the best TV.
To make things simpler for you, we have done the legwork and have compiled a list of the best budget LED TVs in India. These TVs do not cost much and are priced under Rs 20,000.
But before we get going, let's have a short look at what should you check before buying a TV.
What to Look for When Buying a TV
Resolution: In case you haven't noticed yet, a higher resolution yields a better image quality in the same size of the display. While 4K TVs offer one of the best experiences, they fall on the expensive side. TVs in the budget segment usually hover in the Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and HD Ready (1366 x 768 pixels) segment.
Quite naturally, Full HD TVs have better clarity and sharpness compared to their HD Ready counterparts. While the latter is best for watching SD content, it shines when watching HD content, be it a TV or an HD TV.
Platform: While many TVs have Android-based OS, others have a Linux-based OS with a dedicated app store. In the case of the latter, the app options are rather limited, which can dampen your TV experience. Even if you do manage to get your hands on some, the apps are dated. And some TVs also come with two app stores to confuse you further.
At the same time, do check out the built-in Smart TV features as well. Most budget TVs do not have Chromecast support. Instead, they come with other alternatives which can sometimes be challenging to set up.
Audio Quality: Would you want to buy a TV with sub-par audio? I bet not. While most TVs have an audio output north of 15 Watts, it's always a wise decision to double-check the audio output.
A 20-Watt is generally considered to be fine for a decent-sized room. However, if you are planning to install the LED TV in a larger room, a 30 Watt output is generally considered better. And a 3.2mm headphone jack is a cherry on top.
Remote: Remotes are the bridge between you and your TV. Today, most remotes come with many features like a built-in mic, dedicated buttons for services like Netflix and YouTube, apart from the conventional buttons.
But at the end of the day, a remote shouldn't feel cluttered with a ton of buttons. And well, the reverse is also true.
LG is known for its high picture quality, and this one is no different. The IPS LED panel delivers an excellent picture quality with rich and natural colors. The audio output is at 20 Watts, which is quite decent for a medium-sized room. And as far as the smart features are concerned, you can play music, browse the internet and access apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime app directly.
Though the OS is fast and responsive, it's not Android-based. It's built on their in-house platform called webOS, which is a tad limiting compared to Android TVs.
When it comes to reviews, users have praised the picture quality and sound quality, as well as the smart TV features. That said, this TV does not come with a magic remote.
2. Thomson B9 Pro Full HD LED Smart TV 40M4099 (40-inches)
If you are in the market for a Full HD TV, Thomson's B9 Pro series TV is a perfect choice. It has a suitable viewing angle and a pleasing picture quality. Since it's a smart TV, you can install apps like Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime directly. Also, it supports Miracast to cast contents from your phone directly to the TV.
The Thomson B9 Pro comes with ample ports. It has 3 HDMI ports and two USB ports. However, the USB ports are slower (not USB 3.1). That means Blu-ray movies may lag due to the slow read-write speed.
Also, it runs a dated Android version and lacks Air mouse.
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3. Sony Bravia HD Ready LED TV KLV-32R202F (32-inches)
Another HD Ready TV is the one from Sony. Unlike the one above, this is not a smart TV. On the plus side, this one comes with USB ports through which you can play content from external sources, such as pen drives or hard drives. The picture quality is in line with the pricing and produces clear pictures with near-accurate color reproduction.
Similar to the one above, it has a 20 Watt speaker. Plus, there are options for using your pictures as screensavers or playing FM radio, among others.
User reviews regarding this TV have been pretty much positive. People have lauded this TV for its picture quality and overall build. However, the sound has a mixed bag of reactions. Many point out that it's apt for only a small room. For larger rooms, you might need to hook it with an external speaker or a sound bar.
4. TCL S6500 Series HD Ready LED Smart Android TV (32-inches)
Another player in the arena of affordable TVs is TCL. The S6500 32-inch TV is an HD Ready TV with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The highlight of this TV is its slim design and narrow edges, which makes watching shows and movies a delight. Plus, it's Android-based and the UI is clean, clutter-free, and straightforward.
Apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Hotstar come loaded out of the box. You can also explore the Play Store for additional apps and games.
However, note that the speaker output is only 16 Watts.
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5. Mi LED TV 4C Pro HD Ready Android TV (32-inches)
The main highlight of the Mi LED TV 4C Pro is its sleek and beautiful design. Plus, it also cost a lot less than the ones above. It runs the Patchwall OS based on Android Oreo. Another highlight is that the TV OS is fast and clutter-free UI. Plus, the endless scroll means that you'll find your frequently watched shows and TV programs right there on the home screen.
And that's not all. Xiaomi claims that the Patchwall OS has over 700,000 hours worth of content to consume. Well, hello binge-worthy weekends!
Though it's an Android TV and supports popular apps like Hotstar and Zee5, it doesn't support Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. On the upside, you can also cast the contents of your phone directly to the TV.
Other than that, the picture quality is excellent, and the sound is pretty loud to fill larger rooms, and many users have reflected the same on Amazon.
At the same time, the remote is pretty minimal. You'd find buttons for volume control, voice assistants, and PatchWall. To change the settings or brightness, you'll have to go through the TV's Settings options.
It's Popcorn Time!
Make sure you measure your TV placing area before jumping the gun. So, which of these TVs will you buy? Will you go for a Full HD TV or an HD Ready TV?
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