Cheap but good TVs for the holidays

Want to give that lucky guy or gal on your list a new TV, but don't want to spend more than $500? This is the list for you.

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Vizio E series

The best TV value this year, thanks to a great picture for the money, Vizio's E series makes your TV buying/gifting dollar go furthest.

The largest size in the $500 range is the 50-inch model, and the 43- and 40-inch sizes are even less. The series goes all the way down to a 24-inch version for less than $200.

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TCL FS3800 series (Roku TV)

While cheaper than the Vizio E series, the TCL Roku TV doesn't quite match it for picture quality. But if your gift recipient wants the simplest user experience and access to the best streaming services, it's a better choice.

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Sharp LC-LB371U series (Roku TV)

Maybe you'd rather give a Sharp Roku TV than a TCL. This series comes in two sizes, 50-inch and 43-inch, and both cost less than $500.

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Vizio M series

Wait, a 4K TV for around $500? The smallest member of Vizio's M series delivers all those extra pixels on a 43-inch screen, and its excellent overall picture makes it the best choice on this list for the video geek on yours.

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