Panasonic TH-M50HD18: 50″ 720p Plasma TV for $998 at Wal-Mart

Panasonic TH-M50HD18 Specifications

Display: 49.9″ PDP (Plasma Display Panel)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
Color Gamut: x.v.Color
Connectivity: SD/SDHC, HDMI (2), Composite (2), S-Video (2), Component (2), VIERA Link, VIERA Cast (IPTV)
Power Consumption: Energy Star
47.7 x 33.3 x 15.3″ (w/stand)
47.7 x 31.2 x 3.7″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 82.7lbs (w/stand), 78.3lbs (w/o stand)

Panasonic TH-M50HD18: 50

Panasonic‘s TH-M50HD18 is a 720p-class 50″ PDP (plasma display panel) TV. The TH-M50HD18 features a pixel format of 1366 x 768 and a contrast ratio of up to 15,000:1. The PDP has a new anti-reflective filter to reduce reflections and improve contrast ratio when in brighter ambient environments. There are plenty of connectivity options but an additional HDMI input for a total of 3 would have a been better. The 50″ Panasonic has a built-in ATSC tuner so you are future safe. Panasonic has developed what it calls VIERA Link that allows you to connect and control compatible Panasonic DVD players/recorders, Blu-ray players, home theater sound systems and HD camcorders. The TH-M50HD18 is not a 1080p plasma TV but don’t fret: there has been studies that show that the human visual system is hard pressed to decipher the difference between 720p an 1080p content at recommended viewing distances. And best of all, you can grab the TH-M50HD18 for just $998 at Wal-Mart!

Source: Wal-Mart, Panasonic

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Sharp AQUOS LC-42D64U: 42″ 1080p LCD TV for $979.98 at

Sharp AQUOS LC-42D64U Specifications

Display: 42″ ASV (Advanced Super View) TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Viewing Angle: 176/176
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1 (static), 10,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 4ms
Connectivity: HDMI (3), Component (2), VGA, Composite (3), RS-232C
39-17/32 x 27-7/8 x 12-13/16″ (w/stand)
39-17/32 x 25-7/16 x 3-3/4″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 60.6lbs (w/stand), 48.5lbs (w/o stand)
Price: MSRP US$1499.99 ($979.98 at

Sharp AQUOS LC-42D64U: 42

Sharp‘s AQUOS LC-42D64U is a 42″ LCD TV with some very decent features. First off, you get a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 that allows for 1080p content viewing without any scaling involved. No scaling means no image degradation and that in turn means good quality images. The ASV (Advanced Super View) TFT LCD from Sharp provides very good viewing angles (176/176), an excellent static contrast ratio (2000:1), decent brightness (450 cd/m2) and a fairly fast response time of 4ms. The LC-42D64U has a built-in ATSC as well as NTSC tuners so you’re good to go next February when the analog signals are shut off. There are three HDMI ports so you can connect your cable box, gaming console and your DVD or Blu-ray player all at the same time. The one feature that is missing is 120Hz, which greatly reduces motion blur. If you’re watching fast moving sports or playing games on this 42″ LCD TV, you’ll experiencing a bit of motion blur. But even with that missing feature, Sharp’s AQUOS LC-42D64U for $979.98 at is a terrific bargain for a 1080p-class 42″ LCD TV by a top brand.

Source:, Sharp

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Samsung 2233BW: 22″ LCD Monitor for $194.31 at

Samsung 2233BW Specifications

Display: 22″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1680 x 1050
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 20,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 5ms
Viewing Angle: 170/160
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Connectivity: VGA, DVI with HDCP, Composite
Adjustability: Tilt
Power Consumption: 45W (operational), <1W (standby)
516.8 x 421.3 x 208.7mm (w/stand)
516.8 x 372.7 x 71.2mm (w/o stand)
Weight: 4.8kg
Price: MSRP $440.73 ($194.31 at after $50 rebate)

Samsung 2233BW: 22

Samsung‘s 2233BW is a 22″ LCD monitor with a 1680 x 1050 pixel format. That means it has the traditional 16:10 aspect ratio. The 2233BW sports a TN TFT LCD. Translations: not so great viewing angle but not bad if you don’t tend to look at the screen from an angle. The 5ms is okay but not that fast; so don’t expect this 22 incher to help you with your games. Brightness at 300 cd/m2 is fairly standard while the adjusting capabilities are just limited to tilt. Because of the round base, I guess you can simple turn the whole monitor (including the base) if you had too. The bottom line: Samsung’s 2233BW is a decent 22″ LCD monitor for regular tasks such as work with the occasional game play and for the rock bottom price of $194.31 from, it’s a bargain if you’re in the market for a LCD monitor. The $194.31 is the result of a $50.00 rebate from a discounted price of $244.31. Shipping is free.


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Vizio VW32L: 32″ 720p LCD TV for $457 at Wal-Mart

Vizio VW32L Specifications

Display: 32″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 1100:1 (static), 5500:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 8ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Connectivity: HDMI (2), VGA, Component (2), Composite
31.4 x 23.3 x 8.6″ (w/stand)
31.4 x 22.1 x 3.9″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 32lbs (w/stand), 29.1lbs (w/o stand)
Price: US$457 at Wal-Mart

Vizio VW32L: 32

Vizio is the brand you go for rock-bottom priced LCD TVs but with very decent picture quality. The VW32L, a 32″ LCD TV from Vizio, is no exception and has a lot of standard features with a great price. The VW32L has a 1366 x 768 pixel format so connect it to a 720p signal and you’ll be treated to some very good quality thanks to a very wide viewing angle (178/178), decent brightness (400 cd/m2) and good contrast ratio (1100:1). There is just one feature that is less than standard: 8ms response time is a bit on the slow side and without any motion blur reduction technology you’ll see some of that when you’re watching sports or fast-action video games. Other content should look very good. Of course, if you’re upgrading from standard definition, everything should look fantastic, as long as you’re providing good quality 720p HD signals. Get the VW32L for just $457 at Wal-Mart; it’s a great bargain for a 32″ LCD TV!

Source: Wal-Mart

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Sony KDL-32L4000: 32″ 720p LCD TV for $499.99 at Circuit City

Sony KDL-32L4000 Specifications

Sony KDL-32L4000: 32

Sony‘s KDL-32L4000 is a 32″ LCD TV that sports a 1366 x 768 pixel format. It has a decent contrast ratio of 2000:1 and has great viewing angles (178/178). It also has enough ports (3 HDMI) to get you digitally connected to all your 720p sources. It’s got a built-in ATSC tuner (as well as NTSC) so you’re ready when the US government turns of the analog signals next February. The 1366 x 768 is good enough for most everyone since studies have shown that the human visual system is not capable of distinguishing 720p from 1080p at recommended distances. So, save yourself a LOT of money with the KDL-32L4000. The MSRP on this Sony 32″ LCD TV is $699.99 but Circuit City is selling it for just $499.99! You’ll need to “add to cart” to see the price.

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Dell S2409W: 24″ 1080p LCD Monitor for $279.98 at Staples

Dell S2409W Specifications

Dell S2409W: 24

Dell‘s S2409W is a 24″ LCD monitor that has a very simple and nice external design. It is also part of the new trend of shifting to a 16:9 aspect ratio and sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel format much like LCD TVs. The S2409W features a TN TFT LCD so you won’t be getting extreme viewing angles, but 170/160 should be good enough for a good portion of you guys since, I’m guessing like me, you’re not looking at the monitor from the side most of the time. Get it now for just $279.98 at Staples. That’s $70.00 off the MSRP.

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Toshiba 26AV502U: 26″ 720p LCD TV for $349.99 at TigerDirect

Toshiba 26AV502U Specifications

Display: 26″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Response Time: 8ms
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Viewing Angle: 160/160
Connectivity: VGA, HDMI (2), S-Video, Component, RF
Power Consumption: Energy Star
26.4 x 19.8 x 9.2″ (w/stand)
26.4 x 18.0 x 3.7″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 27.6lbs
Price: $349.99 at TigerDirect

Toshiba 26AV502U: 26

Toshiba‘s 26AV502U is a 26″ LCD TV. It sports a 1366 x 768 pixel format so it will handle 720p video sources without a hitch. Bear in mind that 720p video content will be scaled a bit to fit the 1366 x 768 screen completely. That will reduce the quality a bit but most people won’t be able to notice as long as it is quality 720p content like from a PS3. I’ve mentioned this in other posts but don’t mind that the 26AV502U doesn’t have 1080p capability via a 1920 x 1080 pixel format. You will be hard pressed to find quality 1080p content. And, most people can’t tell the difference between watching 720p and 1080p at suggested viewing distances. So save yourself your hard-earned money. Other specifications are pretty standard such as the 8ms response time (a bit on the slow side so you’ll be experiencing some motion blur on fast moving content like football but will be just fine for almost all other content), the 500 cd/m2 of brightness is actually very bright, and the 160/160 viewing angle will force some of your friends to squeeze in toward the middle to get the best view. Like most of the Black Friday deals, the 26AV502U is a great bargain if you live in a smallish flat (or want a second LCD TV for your bedroom) and want to maximize your buck: $349.99 at TigerDirect!

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Vizio VS420: 42″ 1080p LCD TV for $698 at Sam’s Club

Vizio VS420 Specifications

Display: 42″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Response Time: 8ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Connectivity: RF, HDMI with HDCP (2), Component (2), Composite (2), S-Video, VGA
40.5 x 28.3 x 8.8″ (w/stand)
40.5 x 27.3 x 3.8″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 48.5lbs (w/stand?)

Vizio VS420: 42

I can’t seem to find a decent image for the VS420. That’s just poor marketing by Vizio! But, here are the specs: the VS420 has a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 so that means you can send it 1080p signals, if you can find enough of them. The contrast ratio of 1000:1 is very good and the brightness of 500 cd/m2 will probably make you turn it down a bit. Response time of 8ms is a bit on the slow side and you will definitely see a bit of motion blur when you’re watching sports. But overall the VS420 is a pretty decent 42″ LCD TV that can take 1080p for the price: $698 at Sam’s Club.

Source: Vizio, AnandTech

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Vizio VP322: 32″ Plasma TV for $437 at Wal-Mart

Vizio VP322 Specifications

Display: 32″ PDP (Plasma Display Panel)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1024 x 720
Contrast Ratio: 30,000:1 (dynamic)
Lifetime: 60,000 hours
Connectivity: HDMI (3), Component, VGA
Tuner: ATSC, ClearQAM, NTSC
Price: MSRP US$599 ($437 at Wal-Mart)

Vizio VP322: 32

Vizio is lowering prices on 5 of its HDTV sets including the VP322, which is a 32″ plasma TV. The VP322 has a pixel format of 1024 x 720 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1. The 1024 x 720 is a bit unusual since I’m more used to 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080, but the aspect ratio is 16:9 so the picture won’t be stretched out and weird. Plasma TVs are best when viewed during the night with all the lights turned off since the black levels are generally superior to LCD TVs. So, grab yourself a VP322 for just $437 at Wal-Mart starting November 26, 2008. (I’m not sure if it is just for one day or through this weekend. Let me know if you find out.)

Source: Vizio

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Samsung LN32A300J: 32″ LCD TV for $498 at Wal-Mart

Samsung LN32A300J Specifications

Display: 32″ TN TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 6000:1 (dynamic)
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Response Time: 6ms
Connectivity: HDMI (2), Component (2), VGA, Composite (1, shared with Component)
34.4 x 22.7 x 11.5″ (w/stand)
34.4 x 20.9 x 3.2″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 32.6lbs (w/stand), 27.6lbs (w/o stand)

Samsung LN32A300J: 32

Samsung‘s LN32A300J is the same as the company’s LN32A300. I think the ‘J’ at the end denotes that it is geared for Wal-Mart (and maybe other club stores). The 32″ LCD TV from Samsung doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but it does have some decent features to allow some decent HD viewing. For instance don’t get too caught up with the number of pixels. 1366 x 768 is plenty for most everyone. Besides, there aren’t that many sources for 1080p content. Connect the LN32A300 to a PS3 and it’ll look just terrific. The 6000:1 dynamic ratio is sufficient and the viewing angle is as good as the best out there. The response time of 6ms is a bit on the slow side and there aren’t any motion blur reduction technologies. That means that you’ll see some blurring when watching really fast video such as football in HD. If you don’t mind that take a look at the deal Wal-Mart is offering: $498 and that’s a great price.

Source: Samsung, Wal-Mart (you’ll need to flip through the catalog after entering your zip code)

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