This Memorial Day weekend will indeed be quite different because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, what we have witnessed over the past two-plus months is that streaming has gone through the roof.
If you’re looking to upgrade your streaming and home entertainment experience, be sure to check out the dozens of amazing deals that are going on right now. If your local brick-and-mortar locations aren’t open yet, you can always order online on Amazon, Best Buy and other sites.
To save you the trouble of picking which deals to focus on, here are five options you should consider.
First off is Samsung’s 55-inch Q70T QLED HDTV, which is now retailing for $900. As this is a more recent brand, this price point for a QLED is pretty darn good. Perhaps a step behind OLED HDTVs in terms of picture quality, this product will fit perfectly in any living room and give you that extra color boost that you’ve been missing. The TV comes with Quantum HDR and a 4K Quantum processor that handles picture optimization remarkably well, in addition to upscaling lower-resolution content to 4K.
In the number two slot is TCL’s 65-inch 6-Series, which can be yours for only $750—that’s a $350 discount. The flagship 6-Series features 4K UHD picture with QLED color technology and Dolby Vision HDR. In order to use these quantum dots (often associated with Samsung’s TVs), the TV comes with a layer of nanoscale semiconductors in the screen that produces exceptionally vivid red, blue or green light. This advanced tech produces the best and brightest colors you can achieve with an LED-backlit LCD display. To top it off, this TV features four HDMI ports and the ultra-popular Roku TV operating system.
If you want to add five inches to TCL’s 6-Series and pay even less money, the answer is in Hisense’s 70-inch 4K Roku TV, currently on sale for $510—you won’t find a cheaper price tag for 70-inch-plus HDTVs. This model boasts the always-important Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. If that isn’t enough, you’ll get plenty of content choices with the highly recommended Roku TV system.
In at No. 4 is Sony’s 55-Inch 4K OLED HDTV. As it sports an OLED panel, it’s going to be on the pricier side, but now it’s pretty reasonable at $1,500, a savings of $300. The picture quality is unrivaled, as you will get perfect black levels and outstanding contrast ratio. One of the TV’s coolest features is the next-gen audio technology called “Acoustic Surface,” which utilizes vibrating actuators to transform the entire panel into a giant speaker.
Finally, if you really want to blow your friends and family away without cleaning out your bank account, make sure to check out LG’s 65-inch NanoCell HDTV. On sale for about $850, it really is a bargain considering the panel tech you’ll be receiving. And as an LG NanoCell offering, you know that you will be getting amazing picture quality—just not on the same level of OLED TVs. The set also comes with an array of strong features, such as HDR10, HLG, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. He currently resides in Minneapolis.