- 55" 1080p TV for $300, 50" 4K TV for $300
Toshiba 55-inch 1080p TV for $300 today.
Even though most stores are replacing 1080p TVs with 4K, this is still a great value since most TV broadcasts do 1080p or lesser quality.
Toshiba 50" TV with Chromecast for $300.
Chromecast lets you send video from most apps to your TV.
For example, click the "cast" button when playing videos from the YouTube, CBS, or NetFlix app on your mobile device.
In our opinion, the 55-inch 1080p screen is a better value for the extra 5 inches in size.
Most viewers seated over 10-feet from the TV will not notice a difference between 1080p and 4K, especially if the video or TV signal is 1080p or less quality.
In our opinion, the biggest reason to get a 4K TV is for the high dynamic range, or HDR.
An HDR TV will show brighter colors and deeper blacks, producing an image that looks more like looking out a window.
The above Toshiba 4K TV does not have true HDR, but a fake HDR according to AVS Forum.
A TCL 55" 4K TV with Roku does have HDR (HDR 10-bit), according to its product specs, and costs $100 more.
Its built-in Roku can stream 4K HDR videos from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and others.
Note that cable TV cannot broadcast better than 720p and 1080i (4 times less resolution of 4K), which is one reason why the cable TV industry successfully fought to charge streaming video providers a "toll" for competing with their inferior service, and will likely force a price increase once the new rules are established.