Here at SPY, we’ve put a lot of time into reviewing the best TVs. From breaking out a ruler and ranking the thinnest TVs for sale in 2021 to reviewing the best 4K TVs, QLED TVs, 65-inch TVs and OLED TVs. One of our writers even turned a garden hose on the Furrion Aurora outdoor TV, just to make sure it was as weatherproof as advertised. If you can’t tell, we love TV.
And lately we’ve spent even more time than usual glued to our flat-screens. For our money, SPY editors are unanimous that the ideal TV for most people is an affordable 65-inch smart TV.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it for as long as it’s true: TV technology has reached perfection in the form of modern 65-inch flat-screen TVs.
These TVs are the perfect size for mounting on the wall or displaying on an entertainment center. Companies like LG, Sony, Samsung, Vizio and TCL have made vast improvements to display technology, refresh rates and audio quality. That means even so-called budget TVs offer phenomenal picture quality, sound and smart interfaces that make it easy to access streaming apps like Hulu and HBO Max. And when you consider the fact that the best flat-screen TVs will last for five to 10 years, even more expensive models more than justify their high price point.
And if you’re looking for the best 65-inch TV under $500 in 2021, then you won’t do better than the TCL 4-Series.
We’re officially calling it: the best 65-inch TV under $500 in 2021 is the TCL 4-Series. Thanks to a recent price drop, this TV is currently priced at $498 at Walmart (meanwhile, Amazon is selling this TV for $570, so you know this is a great deal). We’ve got all the details on this affordable flat-screen TV below.
Why Buy the TCL 4-Series 65-Inch Flat-Screen TV?
If you want one of the best 65-inch TV under $500, this is it. If you want one of the best smart TVs under $500, this is it. And if you’re looking for a 4K TV under $500, yup, this is the TV you’re looking for.
The 65-Inch TCL 4-Series Roku TV boasts a 4K LED screen and HDR support. There are also three HDMI ports for connecting gaming consoles or other devices, but this smart TV also comes with Apple AirPlay 2 built-in, which means you don’t need to spend extra money on a streaming box. All you have to do is plug it in and you can instantly start watching your favorite TV shows and movies on streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.
The TCL 4-Series boasts features such as:
- Roku smart TV interface
- 4K HDR picture quality
- Simplified remote
- Voice control
- 4 HDMI inputs
- 1.07 billion colors
- 120 hz refresh rate
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So why is this TV so cheap? There’s got to be a catch, right?
There’s a lot to love about the TCL 4-Series Roku TV, but there are some drawbacks to consider. First off, this TV doesn’t offer local dimming which means you’re also going to be sacrificing peak brightness and HDR performance to stay below that $500 price point. Also, you’re not going to get premium features, such as a 120 Hz refresh rate.