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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Panasonic TC-PST50 series (50, 55, 60, and 65 inches)

Samsung PNE6500 series (51 and 60 inches)

Vizio E320i-A0 (32 inches)

Toshiba 32C120U (32 inches)

Vizio E1i-A3 series (60, 70 inches)

Panasonic TC-PU50 series (50 and 60 inches)

Samsung PNE450 series (43 and 51 inches)

TCL L40FHDP60 (40 inches)

Toshiba 40E220U (40 inches)

Whether it's worth $300 or $3,000, you want to know that the TV you're buying represents the best you can get for the price. That's where these TVs excel.

While it's not the cheapest TV on the market, the PST50 gives you the most for your money of any TV we have yet seen. Superb image quality, a modest price given what you get, and an understated design make this Panasonic our favorite big-screen TV of the year.
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$1,699.00 MSRP
"OK, then, so what's your second-favorite big-screen TV of the year?" If you're judging by overall value, it's this superb Samsung plasma.
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$2,799.00 MSRP
The first two can be considered mid- to high-end big-screen TVs, but this $300, 32-inch Vizio is decidedly smaller and lower-end. Its picture quality is decent, although not quite as good as that of the Toshiba on the next slide, but its real ace in the hole is features. Namely, integrated Smart TV for as low a price as we've ever seen.
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At $250, this 32-inch Toshiba is the least expensive TV we've reviewed this year. In image quality it outdoes every other same-size TV we've tested. If you don't care about Smart TV in your 32-incher, it's a no-brainer choice. If you do, grab the Vizio on the previous slide.
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If you've got the space and want an LED TV, the Vizio E1i-A3 series delivers more bang for the buck than any competitor in its class.
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Its image quality is almost as good as our favorite PST50's in a dark room, and choosing the step-down Panasonic can save you almost $700 at the 60-inch size. Of course you lose 3D and Smart TV, but do you really care about those?
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The 51-inch version of this entry-level plasma is the best TV you can buy for less than $500. The 43-inch version is also a steal at about $430.
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Around $300 and a decent picture? Bigger is always better for TVs, and the extra screen space compared with similarly priced 32-inch sets makes all the difference.
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The 40E220U does the TCL one better by coming from a brand you've actually heard of. Both offer similar picture quality, bare-bones features, and rock-bottom prices.
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