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Get a 50-inch Sceptre HDTV for $399

That's your after-rebate price, and you're on the hook for shipping, but it's still a solid deal on a great big TV.

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Now that the combatants for this year's big game have been decided (and who doesn't love a battle of brothers?), perhaps you're ready for a big, new TV on which to enjoy the game.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, TigerDirect has the Sceptre X508BV-FHD 50-inch LCD HDTV for $399.99, plus around $30 for shipping. That's your after-rebate price, but, hey, some deals require a little delayed gratification.

As you might expect from the price, this is an entry-level TV. It's not especially thin, and it lacks apps and Wi-Fi and all that (though that's easily remedied with an inexpensive Roku box). It has a 60Hz refresh rate, which I'll take any day over 120-240Hz and the "soap opera effect" that lends.

Other key specs include three HDMI inputs, an 8ms response time, and, of course, 1080p resolution. Sceptre backs the unit with a one-year warranty.

As for the rebate, it's good as long as you make your purchase before Jan. 26, and it comes in the form of a prepaid Amex card. Here's the PDF.

With a TV like this, I think it's wise to look closely at user reviews. There are nearly two dozen of them at TigerDirect, with an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. That would be good enough for me to pull the trigger, were I in the market for a TV.

If you are, let me know if you think this is the deal to beat, or whether it's worth spending more to get a thinner design and more frills.

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