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TV Buying Advice

I'm in the market for a new TV and have spent several days researching TVs, both online and in stores. My budget is under $1000, which limits me to about 55 or 60 inches. I'm not totally sold on upgrading to 4K at this time -- I have another TV that will need to be replaced in a few years, and I am thinking that might be a better time to take the 4K plunge -- there should be more content, and I suspect prices will have come down.

That said, I've narrowed my list to the following models:

Vizio M55 C2 - $985 (55 inches, 4K, 4 HDMI inputs)
Vizio E60 C3 - $788 (60 inches, 1080p, 2 HDMI inputs)
Samsung UN55H6203 - $737 (55 inches, 1080p, 2 HDMI inputs)
Vizio E55 C1 0 $620 (55 inches, 1080p, 3 HDMI inputs)

My questions are -- are the two additional HDMI inputs and 4K capability in the M55 worth $300 more than the E55? And if not, than is the larger size of the E60 worth the tradeoff of fewer HDMI inputs and $150? And does the Samsung even belong on this list?

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Let's check those charts...

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All about the Benjamins

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Thanks, Bob. I'll actually be about 9 feet from the screen, but my budget prevents me from going over 1K, which limits me to decent 55-inchers or the Vizio 60-inch.

If you think that the 4K upgrade wouldn't matter from that distance (which from all I've read I do agree with), do you think the extra 5 inches is worth having just 2 HDMI inputs?

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I guess you must be a 20 YO fighter pilot.

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No one I know can see the 4K/1080 difference at that distance. Did you check out the charts in the prior discussion?

As to HDMI ports. I have 3 and they are all used but I have a Roku, WD Live and Amazon Fire TV. If I need to I use a switch box.

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No, just the 36-year-old son of a fighter pilot

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Yeah, I've read that and other articles that suggest there's basically no difference from that far back. Which is the main reason I had all but ruled out 4K. The Vizio one seemed like a bargain, though, so I thought it might be worth it. I'll probably end up moving it in a few years to a smaller room where it actually might make a difference.

So, throwing out the 4K option, any thoughts between the 55-inch Vizio and the 55-inch Samsung? The Vizio saves me $110 and has an extra HDMI port, but the Samsung is a Samsung, which suggests more reliability.

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The thing is.

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...but is it a better TV?

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Personally, I couldn't care less about an ad on a Smart Hub page that I'll probably rarely use (I just use an XBox One for smart apps), if it's a better TV. That's really what I can't quite figure out.

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Hit CNET reviews on both.

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For me, Vizio loses since all Vizios in our family were dead in 2 years. Yes, out of warranty and replacements from the names are doing fine. Nod to Sam just for that. That does not mean you'll get 5 or more years.

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