How low can they go? I’m talking about big-TV prices, of course, not the participants in Limbo Mania 2020. Just last month, I was stoked to see a 70-inch model marked down to $500. Best Buy, today: Hold my beer.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the. I can’t recall ever seeing a price that low on a TV that big.
Interestingly, this is not one of the items in, which is happening right now. It is, however, a worthy addition to our list of . In that list you’ll also see an upcoming 70-inch LG TV at Target — but it’ll be $550. Worth the extra $150? Tough to say.
LG’s model relies on a proprietary smart-TV OS, whereas the Hisense incorporates(soon to be known as Google TV). Neither one is better than CNET’s longtime-favorite Roku, but does it get the job done, app-wise? For sure. (That said, see below for how you can turn this into a Roku TV on the cheap.)
Another unknown: image quality. Will a $400 Hisense rival a $550 LG? Probably not. Will it rival even a TCL, our go-to budget brand? Again, hard to say.
What you’ll probably get here is a decent, HDR-enhanced picture that’s fine for everyday viewing. Indeed, as I discussed with CNET TV guru David Katzmaier in a recent episode of the Cheapskate Show podcast (see below), not everyone cares about having perfect black levels or local-area dimming. Sometimes, size matters more.
And here’s a handy little tip: Best Buy is a retail store. If you don’t like the TV, you’ve got all the way until Jan. 16, 2021, to return it. (That’s a specially extended return period.)
Is it possible we’ll see an even better deal on a 70-inch TV this month? Maybe. But a big TV in the hand is worth, um, something to do with bushes, I guess?
Tell me what you think.
The Roku Premiere 4K streamer is on sale for $29
Decided you’re not wild about the Android TV UI? Or, for that matter, Amazon’s Fire TV? Just because a TV has an operating system built-in doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. Simply plug in your streamer of choice.
Like this one: For a limited time, Amazon is offering the. That’s a couple bucks higher than the best Prime Day deal, but it’s still an $11 discount and a great buy overall.
The Roku Premiere offers all the important goodies to pair with a TV like the Hisense — namely 4K and HDR. However, you’ll lose the voice-control option; if you want that, check out.
CNET hasn’t reviewed this version of the Roku Premiere (check out the, which covers most of the important details), but make no mistake: It’s an excellent streamer notable for its simplicity and versatility. (Also: Peacock!)
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