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Advice needed - Mid range / budget 55" TV

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Jan 25, 2005
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Advice needed - Mid range / budget 55" TV

Decisions, decisions ? Need some advice from the experts here
See the following at the local Costcos.
• Hisense 50” – model 50R61G - $349.99
• Hisense 55” – model 55R61G - $424.99
• Hisense 58” – model 58R61G - $439.99
• TCL 55” – model 55S533CA – $549.99
• TCL 65” - model 65s423CA - $589.99
• TCL 65” – model 56S533CA – $789.99
• Hisense 65” – Q7G - $779.99

Which is the best bang for the buck – looks to me like = Hisense 58” – model 58R61G - $439.99
My use – would like to use it a large PC monitor.
Watch movies/series/ DAZN-Soccer ; mostly ; 4K-Netflix & OTA ; semi-dark room – (my office @home)
Feel free to suggest an alternative.

Other models to look at would be:
Minor upgrade/sidegrade:
  • Hisense H8809, Q7G*, Q8G*
  • Vizio M-series**
Definite upgrade:
  • Hisense Q9809, Q9G*
  • TCL R61x (2018 model, 2019 model not sold here, 2020 model months away)
  • Vizio P-, PX- series**
  • Sony X900F, X950G, X900H*, X950H*
  • Samsung Q70R, Q80T*
  • Virtually any new OLED set
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Deal Addict
Jun 11, 2016
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As its Costco get the extended warranty + you have a 90day return policy.
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Jul 13, 2009
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KravenHead wrote: As its Costco get the extended warranty + you have a 90day return policy.
For the Costco extended warranty, I have to remain a member?

I'm in the same boat and looking at the 55" Q8G at Visions for $749 or H78G for $498. Leaning towards the H78G as it's going to be a secondary TV for mostly late night movies, Xbox One, and youtube browsing....

I want something good but doesn't have to blow socks off. However I do love the idea of having Quantum Dot LED, as my main TV does not have it.
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Nov 16, 2008
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Bought the TCL 61* a couple of months ago and love it. I think only Best Buy had it at the time, and not sure if restocked. No complaints and it has great ratings
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Sep 29, 2005
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The Costco extended warrantee is with a third party provider.
Phils
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redsfan wrote: Bought the TCL 61* a couple of months ago and love it. I think only Best Buy had it at the time, and not sure if restocked. No complaints and it has great ratings
Best Buy barely stocks it and rarely goes on a good sale. It definitely performs better than the 'big' brands and I suspect it sells better amongst buyers who do their research, not the common folk.

Same goes for Vizio.
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bhrm wrote: Best Buy barely stocks it and rarely goes on a good sale. It definitely performs better than the 'big' brands and I suspect it sells better amongst buyers who do their research, not the common folk.

Same goes for Vizio.
You are correct in everything stated. We wound up buying 1 of 4 floor models (the best of the bunch), and wound up paying $575 with the 4 year total extended warranty. Can't beat that and the TV is performing extremely well
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Apr 29, 2018
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Been doing some research on this, as I too need to buy a 55" TV soon for use as a monitor. The Samsung RU8000 series is the one I am looking at. It has FreeSync (4K 48-120Hz), HDMI 2.1 (needed for 60+ Hz on 4K res) and 4:4:4 Chroma subsampling, making it a perfect PC monitor imo
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kramer1 wrote: Been doing some research on this, as I too need to buy a 55" TV soon for use as a monitor. The Samsung RU8000 series is the one I am looking at. It has FreeSync (4K 48-120Hz), HDMI 2.1 (needed for 60+ Hz on 4K res) and 4:4:4 Chroma subsampling, making it a perfect PC monitor imo
Is the RU8000 still available?? This year it's TU8000 and specs are garbage compared to RU8000, which was already a step down from the year before that.

I have the 82" RU8000 and it's a solid TV, HDR is a bit iffy but in a dark room it does alright for the price/size. As a monitor, I haven't done 4k 60fps but 1080p 60 looked great from my dinky chromebook. Gaming is great, and being a 120hz native refresh is awesome

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