Hisense 70-inch 4K UHD Smart Android TV deal is still available for $400 (Update: Sold out)
One day later, still in stock -- for now. Plus, turn it (or any other) into a Roku TV for $29.
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How low can they go? I'm talking about prices for big TVs, 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.
Interestingly, this isn't one of the products from Best Buy's Coolest Deals sale, which is happening right now and ends Sunday. It is, however, a worthy addition to our list of the best Black Friday TV deals. 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 the recently updated Android TV platform (soon to be known as Google TV). Neither is better than CNET's longtime favorite platform, Roku, but they get the job done. (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 TV brand? Again, hard to say.
Decided you're not wild about the Android TV user interface? 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 streaming stick of choice.
Like this one: For a limited time, Amazon is offering the Roku Premiere for $29. That's a couple of bucks higher than the best Prime Day deal, but it's still an $11 discount and a great buy overall.
CNET hasn't reviewed this version of the Roku Premiere (check out our Premiere Plus review, which covers most of the important details), but make no mistake: It's an excellent streamer notable for its simplicity and versatility. (Also: Peacock!)
Watch this: Roku's new streamers start at $40 for 4K HDR