Samsung UE37D6530 vs LG 42LW550T vs...

Samsung UE37D6530 vs LG 42LW550T vs...

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  • We've taken the best of the best smart HD TVs for under a grand, put them together and made them battle it out, but which is the best in a toe-to-toe rumble?

    You no longer have to pay through the nose for a cutting edge, big-screen TV. For less than a £1,000 you can bag a remarkable new set that’s slimmer and smarter than anything that’s gone before.

    From net-connected IPTV portals to 3D, potential buyers are spoilt for choice. But should you splurge on cutting-edge features or look for a hi-def bargain? To help you decide, we’ve put six big-brand sub-£1,000 TVs, with screen sizes ranging between 37- 42 inches, through their paces...

    LG 42LW550T
    £999
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: Media Link
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Low-cost, Won’t break the bank. Excellent media streaming with support for all key formats
    Hate: 3D picture has a lower resolution than Active Shutter rivals Media Link setup is not for technophobes
    LG 42LW550T review I Link: LG

    Panasonic TX-L42E3
    £799
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: None
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Wide horizontal viewing angle makes it great for bigger living rooms Integrated SD card reader for AVCHD and JPEG stills
    No VIERA Connect streaming VOD portal Low motion resolution rules this out for sports fans
    Panasonic TX-L42E3 review I Link: Panasonic

    Samsung UE37D6530
    £999
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: Smart Hub
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Smooth, sharp hi-def pictures are a wow Enjoy free 3D courtesy of the brand’s Explore 3D Smart Hub channel
    Hate: No 3D glasses included, so you’ll need to budget extra Media streaming support across a network can be pedantic
    Samsung UE37D6530 review I Link: Samsung

    Sharp LC-40LE831
    £999
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: Net TV
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Dramatic new hi-res user interface Finger-licking 3D performance
    Hate: No 3D glasses supplied Wispy-thin audio performance
    Sharp LC-40LE831 review I Link: Sharp

    Sony KDL-40CX523
    £599
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: BRAVIA Internet Video Services & Qriocity VOD
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Smooth, noise free images make the most of hi-def sources The BRAVIA Internet video portal offers plenty of streaming IPTV
    Hate: No Motionflow processing makes moving objects a little blurry Track ID feature steadfastly failed to work
    Sony KDL-40CX523 review I Link: Sony

    Toshiba 42RL853
    £699
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920
    Web TV service: BBC iPlayer & YouTube
    Tuner: Freeview HD, analogue
    Love: Resolution+ picture does a great job upscaling SD sources The YouTube client allows you to stream HD
    Hate: Poor motion resolution means movement can look blurry The set’s online TV offering is rather paltry
    Toshiba 42RL853 review I Link: Toshiba

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