The Good The Insignia NS-55E480 is an affordable 55-inch LED TV with decent picture quality. Colors don't lack for vibrancy, black levels are deep enough for a TV of this size and price, and shadow detail is pretty good. Although it lacks Smart TV, the fairly unique MHL port allows you to add it via a Roku Streaming Stick.
The Bad The Roku Streaming Stick isn't included with the TV and at $99 actually costs more than an external Roku box. Color accuracy is off, with a faintly red color balance and bluish greens.
The Bottom Line Even without considering its innovative Roku option, the Insignia NS-55E480A13A LED TV offers above-average picture quality for the price.
Big picture, little money
When it comes to buying an in-house brand, you might expect some compromises in return for a good price. For $800, do you really expect more than just a big screen when you buy Best Buy's 55-inch Insignia NS-55E480A13A? Surprisingly, there is more to this TV than first meets the eye.
This is not a "feature" TV by any stretch -- there is no 3D playback, PC sharing, or fancy remote as seen on some competitors. There isn't even Smart TV tech onboard, yet that is exactly its main attraction: you can add ato this television for a better experience and more content than offered by just about any other budget Smart TV.
The question is, is the extra $100 spent on a Roku Streaming Stick worth it, especially when standard Roku boxes cost? The savings from just getting a Roku box would go a long way toward a good universal remote like the , for example, which makes an external box just as simple to use as an integrated menu. Then again, there's something to be said for the simplicity of integrated Smart TV.
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