Insignia NS-55E480

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Value 8.0
6.9 Overall

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Review

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 a Roku Streaming Stick to 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 as little as $50? The savings from just getting a Roku box would go a long way toward a good universal remote like the Harmony 650, 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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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $900
  • Brand Best Buy
  • Type LED-LCD
  • Diagonal Class 55 in
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