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Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 2018

(Last Updated On: May 28, 2018)

If you have arrived to this publication then you are looking for a 55” TV and that too under the budget of $700. Now finding a good TV for your home can be a confusing task since there are a lot of options on the market today and knowing which one to choose from it can take a lot of research on user’s end. Don’t worry we have compiled some of the Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 mark below in this publication so you can make an easy decision. But if you do decide to get a 55” TV on your own we recommend that you read through some of the important factors that should be considered when selecting a TV. Let’s get into that.

Reconsidering The Screen Size

We know that you are specifically looking for a 55” TV for your home or office but you have to keep in mind the space you have for your future TV and the viewing experience has to come into play as well. You wouldn’t want to be sitting 2 feet away from a 55” TV that will just ruin the experience of watching anything on your TV. To put into context here is something that you should look at to further know what kind of TV should you choose for your viewing distance.

Viewing DistanceScreen Size
Less than 1.5mUp to 32”
1.5m to 2m32” to 39”
2m to 2.5m40” to 45”
2.5m to 3m46” to 55”
Over 3mOver 56”

This data will help you select the perfect screen size.

4K TV Resolution

Now we have listed 4K TVs that are a great option for a budget of $700 or less but if you decide to look for a 4K TV on your own then you should know about the resolutions of 4K displays. There are two types of 4K resolutions that you will find in the market today. DCI 4K and UHD 4K, DCI 4K are used mainly in the studio work and DCI 4K TVs are also rare for now and are expensive. So don’t go for DCI 4K since 4096 x 2160 will not accommodate most of your media while the UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution should be your go to 4K standard.

Motion/Refresh Rate

If you are a sports fan or you like to play games on the big screen then this thing is the most important for you to consider. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz) and it determines how many times the screen will refresh in a minute or a second. The higher the refresh rate count the better gaming or sports viewing experience you will get. If you are into playing games on the TV then go for a 240Hz refresh rate TV and for smooth sports viewing experience you should be fine with 120Hz and nothing below that line will be good for your TV experience.

HDR

HDR is the newest in technology offered in 4K TVs today. HDR basically provides more detailed and brighter color compared to non HDR TV and the difference is noticeable by a great margin. So go for the 4K TV with HDR feature.

Now let’s get into the best 55” TVs we have for you under $700.

Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 (Comparison)

TVScreen SizeWeight 
TCL 55S517 4K UHD TV55"33 lbsCheck Price
Sony KD55X720E 4K UHD TV55"41 lbsCheck Price
Samsung UN55MU6490 Curved 4K UHD Smart TV55"39.5 lbsCheck Price

 

TCL 55S517 4K UHD TV

The first 55” TV we have on here under $700 is the model 55S517 produced by TCL.Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 TCL is an emerging name when it comes to production of high quality TVs and they are succeeding at it too producing them at a low cost. This particular TV has different screen sizes available but the particular model we are going to talk about is the 55” model which you can get for under $500. It also has high ratings. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Let’s start with the design of the 55S517 4K TV. The 4K TV has a very thin design and it is lightweight compared to other 55” TVs on the market. The build quality of this TV is decent considering it’s price tag. The 55S517 4K TV has VESA wall mount capability as well (200mm x 200mm). The TV is also easy to setup.

When it comes to features the 55S517 4K TV features a dual-core processor which is powerful enough all that image processing. The 55S517 4K TV features 4K UHD technology. The screen resolution of this 4K TV is 3840 x 2160 and the refresh rate of the 55S517 TV is 120Hz. This 4K TV also features HDR technology with support for both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision formats. When it comes to sound this 4K TV features Dolby Sound and the built-in speakers on this 4K TV are powered at 8W and there are two of them.

When it comes to wireless connectivity the 55S517 4K TV has Wi-Fi connectivity on board with support for wireless standard 802.11ac and it is dual band (2.4GHz & 5GHz). The wired connectivity is covered by different ports which include 3 x HDMI ports, 1 x Ethernet port and 1 x USB 2.0 port along with a headphone jack. The 55S517 4K TV also has a user friendly mobile app which can be used to control the TV from your tablet or smart phone.

When it comes to performance the 55S517 4K TV provides an excellent performance for it’s price tag. The color detail and the brightness on this TV is comparable to the high end models costing twice or three times this TV.

The things that bothered us about this TV is that the HDMI ports are not enough on this TV and we think that more HDMI ports are required than 3 ports which are on this TV. The sound quality of the speakers on this TV is not very good.

ProsCons
Comparatively LightweightSound Quality Not Good
Dual Core Processor
Good Picture Quality

Conclusion

If you are looking for a 4K TV with latest technology and all you care about is the picture quality of the TV then 55S517 4K TV by TCL is a very good option for you.

 

 

 

Sony KD55X720E 4K UHD TV

The next 55” TV we have on here for under $700 is the model KD55X720E produced by Sony.Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 Sony as we all know is a reputed brand when it comes to producing high quality TVs. This particular 4K TV was priced over $800 but now you can purchase this TV for around $600. The X720E 4K TV has hgi ratings. Let’s see how it fared in our review?

We start with the design of this 4K TV and it has a very sleek and slim design to begin with. The X720E 4K TV has narrow frame and that frame is constructed using aluminium making it super strong. The front of this 4K TV is cable free meaning everything that needs to be connected to it has to be at the back maintaining the beautiful front design in the process. This 4K TV is also VESA wall mount capable (300mm x 200mm).

When it comes to features the X720E 4K TV uses smart LED technology and the screen resolution of this 4K TV is 3840 x 2160. The refresh rate or the motion rate of this 4K TV is 60Hz which is a little on the lower side. The backlight technology of this TV is covered by LEDs. The X720E 4K TV is HDR capable producing high picture quality. When it comes to sound the X720E 4K TV has Dolby Digital sound with 2 x 10W speakers built into it. The speakers on this 4K TV are open baffle speakers.

When it comes to wireless connectivity the X720E 4K TV features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n for users to connect to the Internet right from your smart TV. The wired connectivity options include 3 x HDMI ports, 3 x USB ports and 1 x Ethernet port. The whole 4K TV runs on Linux OS.

The performance of the X720E 4K TV is very good and the picture quality is excellent. It is not a high end TV to begin with and the Sony name lives up to it’s reputation on this TV. The color detail and brightness is on point with this 4K TV. There have been no reported performance or build related issues regarding this 4K TV.

The only thing that bothered us is the lack of light sensor on this TV.

ProsCons
HDRNo Eco Sensor
Sleek Slim Design
Dolby Digital Sound

Conclusion

If you are looking for a 4K TV under $700 that doesn’t compromise on performance and the picture quality along with good build quality then this X720E 4K TV by Sony is your best option.

 

 

Samsung UN55MU6490 Curved 4K UHD Smart TV

The last 55” TV we have on here for under $700 is the model UN55MU6490 produced by Samsung.Best 55-Inch TVs Under $700 Samsung is a renowned brand when it comes to production of high quality display units whether TVs or Monitors. This particular model of TV is a curved screen TV and it falls under the $700 mark. The ratings on this TV are also very high. So how it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

The UN55MU6490 4K TV has a very slim design even though it is a LCD 4K TV. The screen is curved and it provides a very good angle of viewing. The overall design of this 4K TV is very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.

When it comes to features the UN55MU6490 4K TV has a quad core processor to process the entire image and produce high quality results. This 4K TV uses 4K UHD technology, the screen resolution of this TV is 3840 x 2160. The refresh or motion rate of this 4K TV IS 120Hz which is very good. The TV has HDR capability and because of the HDR the picture quality is remarkable. The sound department of this 4K TV features Dolby Sound and the sound output is rated at 20W and 2 channel speaker system.

When it comes to wireless connectivity the UN55MU6490 4K TV has Wi-Fi connectivity enabling users to access the Internet right from this TV. The wired connectivity is covered by 3 x HDMI ports, 2 x USB ports and 1 x Ethernet port. The UN55MU6490 4K TV also features game mode which optimizes the whole TV to provide users the smoothest possible gaming experience. This 4K TV features an Eco Sensor which automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to the room lighting for best possible viewing experience. The all in one remote that comes with this 4K TV is also very user friendly.

When it comes to performance this 55” 4K TV performs extremely well. The picture quality is excellent and the color detail is simply remarkable. There have been no reported issues reagarding it’s performance or build quality.

ProsCons
Quad Core ProcessorNone That We Could Find
Dolby Sound
Game Mode
HDR

Conclusion

If you are looking for a 55” TV in the curved screen arena then the UN55MU6490 4K TV by Samsung is your best option.

 

Conclusion

The TVs that have been listed here are among the best in the market right now and if they have any reported issues regarding their performance or quality they have been mentioned here in this publication. We hope you find this publication useful. Let us know what you think about these TVs in the comments below.

 

 

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