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Best TVs of 2014: 44 - 49 inches

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Many people shopping for their first living-room-size TV end up in this size range. They're large enough to satisfy the desire for that big, beautiful high-definition picture, yet not so large that they dominate even smaller rooms. On the other hand, stepping up to a 50-inch size often doesn't cost too much more.

Vizio E0i-B series

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

Price: $497.99 - $499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio M2i-B series

Excellent picture quality, well thought-out features and distinctive design make the Vizio M-Series seem like a much more expensive TV than it really is.

Price: $399.99 - $426.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

TCL FS4610R (Roku TV)

The best smart-TV suite combined with extremely aggressive pricing makes the TCL Roku TV a phenomenal value despite its so-so picture quality.

Price: $327.49 - $349.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung UNH6350

Despite picture quality that's just average, the Samsung UNH6350's high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts.

Price: $534.90 - $597.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

Samsung UNH6400 series

Although it offers pedestrian picture quality for the price, the Samsung UNH6400 has a wonderful remote, a full feature set, and very sleek design.

Price: $1,099.99 - $1,247.72 Check prices

3 stars Good
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