FLASH DEAL Looks like the Amazon 4-Series is getting its own flash deal this afternoon, coming down from $ 469 to $ 259 for the next 14 hours.
The 4-Series is a 4K HDR TV with Amazon Fire TV built-in and it was released alongside the Omni TV last year. It’s got 3 HDMI ports that top out at 4K / 60Hz (sorry gamers!) And comes with the Alexa TV Alexa Voice Remote that allows you to summon the virtual assistant.
At this 50-inch size, it makes for a great living room TV in small apartments where space is a premium and, because it comes with Fire TV built-in, won’t require any additional hardware to stream your favorite shows and movies.
Amazon Fire TV 50 “4-Series 4K UHD smart TV: was $ 469 now $ 259 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This one comes with a bit of a caveat but, at $ 99, this Insignia Smart TV is a steal.
Essentially what you’re buying here is a 32-inch Insignia 720p TV with Fire TV built-in. That means you don’t have to buy any extra hardware to stream your favorite shows from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and 720p doesn’t look awful at this size.
The caveat I want to call out here is that this is a 2018 TV – that’s right, this TV is older than the Covid-19 pandemic. What that could mean is slower performance down the road, which could lead to some frustration.
That being said, it’s rare to see any smart TV at this price. $ 100 for a TV, let alone a 32-inch model with Fire TV built in is a deal worth mentioning.
Badge 32 “720p Fire TV: was $ 179 now $ 99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
What’s a deals guide for if I don’t talk about some great TV accessories to go with your new flatscreen?
Most likely you’re going to use your TV’s smart platform to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more. But what about the movies in your Blu-ray and DVD collection? For those, you might want a 4K Blu-ray player.
Thankfully, Amazon has two great models on sale today in the form of the Panasonic DP-UB420 and Panasonic DP-UB820. The former is your standard 4K Blu-ray player but the latter offers support for Dolby Vision Blu-rays, Hi-Res Audio and more.
It’s a good pick-up if you plan on buying some 4K Blu-rays to go with your new TV.
Panasonic DP-UB820 4K Blu-ray Player: was $ 499 now $ 399 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Oh! Turns out Samsung’s The Frame isn’t the only 2022 model on sale today. Looks like Samsung has discounted a surprising amount of its 2022 QLED TVs.
Here’s the full line-up of Samsung TV sales on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Specifically, however, there are a few models worth pointing out. One of my favorites right now is the Samsung QN90B, the successor to Tom’s Guide’s best TV of 2021. The 55-inch version of this one is down from $ 1,897 to $ 1,597 (a 16% discount), not bad for a TV that just came out less than four months ago.
What makes the QN90B great is that it has the latest version of Samsung’s Neo QLED technology inside that promises a higher peak brightness (above 2,500 nits) and better control over blooming thanks to its MiniLED panel. It’s obviously a native 120Hz TV with support for HDR10 and HDR 10 Plus, and Object Sound Tracking + sound for a more immersive audio experience.
If you want something fresh off the line, the Samsung QN90B is a good option.
Samsung 55 “QN90B Neo QLED TV: was $ 1,897 now $ 1,597 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
I know it can feel like a lot of websites are telling you what to buy right now, and very few of them are telling you what not to buy. Let’s change that.
One deal I wouldn’t buy today is the one happening on the 48-inch LG A1 OLED (opens in new tab). Lots of folks will be tempted because it’s an OLED TV and at 44% off its regular price, it looks like a great deal.
But here’s the thing: the A1 OLED is LG’s most basic OLED model. It only has a native 60Hz refresh rate and uses the inferior Alpha A7 processor. That means picture performance takes a big hit.
My advice? Instead of spending $ 676 on the 48-inch LG A1 OLED, spend $ 120 more to get the 48-inch C1 OLED that uses the better processor and has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. If you watch sports or play games, you’ll definitely appreciate the spending the extra money for something better.
48 “LG C1 OLED: was $ 1,499 now $ 796 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Hold the phone! The TCL 6-Series is on sale today ?! Wow. Game-changer.
The TCL 6-Series proved that you could get top-tier performance from a mid-range TV. This particular model is the 2021 model that I was able to review, and I loved it. You’re getting a 4K HDR TV with MiniLED and quantum dot for under $ 700 – it’s basically all the top features of a Samsung QLED at half the price.
This deal is for the 65-inch model, too. A 65-inch is perfect as your main living room TV and with a 4K resolution, allows you to see all the details you’ve been missing. It also comes with Roku built-in, which is great if you’re a cord-cutter and want all your streaming services in one place.
I honestly might buy one for myself …
TCL 6-Series 65 “QLED TV: was $ 1,499 now $ 699 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
FLASH DEAL Here’s a fun one. Samsung’s The Freestyle 1080p projector just got a huge price cut during today’s flash deal. Typically this portable projector runs you over $ 1,900, but today it’s down to just $ 797 after a $ 1,100 discount.
Some background on this one: The Freestyle is Samsung’s first portable projector. The company has made ultra-short throw models in the past (including the excellent The Premiere projector) but this was its first stab at a portable model.
At its regular price, this wouldn’t be something I’d recommend. At $ 2,000 it’s easy to find 4K projectors that are smarter and perform better. But at the under- $ 800 mark, competition is much more limited. If you plan on having outdoor movie nights this summer or want a versatile projector that you can bring camping, The Freestyle is definitely a good pickup at this price.
Samsung The Freestyle Portable 1080p Projector: was $ 1,915 now $ 797 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not interested in older models? There’s a deal today on Samsung’s The Frame (2022) QLED that’s incredible considering how new this TV is.
Available in five sizes (43 “, 50”, 65 “, 75”, 85 “), the new version of The Frame trades out the reflective screen of the 2021 version for a new matte version that significantly reduces glare. It’s also using a quantum dot filter for more vibrant colors, making it a great QLED TV deal, too.
I had the chance to see The Frame in action a few months ago, and I came away very impressed. It’s a huge step up in performance from a few years ago. It wasn’t a TV I was often recommending to readers given its lack in performance, but this year I wholly recommend it for folks who want a TV to match their décor.
Samsung The Frame (2022): was $ 1,083 now $ 847 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
OK, so while that last OLED is a real showstopper at under a grand, it’s not the only name in OLED TV deals this Amazon Prime Day.
Another truly excellent option is the 65-inch LG C1 OLED, one of the best-selling TVs of last year, that’s been marked down to just $ 1,599 after a $ 900 discount.
Why this OLED? The C1 is the epitome of a price-to-performance TV. It has a 120Hz refresh rate with several HDMI 2.1 ports to connect your consoles. It’s got an amazing processor to upscale HD video to 4K. It has a great smart platform, excellent smart home compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant and, of course, unbeatable contrast.
It’s the TV everyone wanted last year, and now it’s one sale at a $ 900 discount.
LG 65 “C1 OLED 4K TV: was $ 2,499 now $ 1,599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Here’s a bit of a curve ball. The best Amazon Prime Day TV deal under $ 500 isn’t actually available on Amazon. It’s at Best Buy (opens in new tab).
For $ 499 right now, you can pick up a 70-inch TCL 4-Series Android TV that has an overall rating of 4.5 with over 400 reviews. The 4-Series is one of the best budget TVs and while it doesn’t have the same specs as the pricier 6-Series and therefore won’t be as appealing to gamers, it’s a great screen if you want a home cinema.
In terms of features, this one’s rocking Android TV with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. That makes it easy to send content from your phone to the big screen, and you’ve got support for HDR thrown in there too. It’s a little barebones compared to some other TVs, but at under $ 500, it’s hard to find a bigger TV.
TCL 70 “4-Series 4K Android TV: was $ 599 now $ 499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The one under $ 400 deal I’m digging is this one on the 50-inch Hisense U6F QLED TV (opens in new tab). Being a QLED TV, you can expect better color range and a higher peak brightness, plus like the other TVs I’ve mentioned so far, it features Amazon’s Fire TV platform. Other niceties include support for the Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10 Plus formats as well as a Full Array Local Dimming panel.
Hisense 50 “4K ULED Fire TV: was $ 529 now $ 399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Stepping up to a $ 300 price limit, I recommend this 55-inch Amazon Omni TV (opens in new tab). It’s one of the TVs I have in my own home, and I’m pretty partial to it. While it has its limitations like a 60Hz native refresh rate, I find its colors and brightness are more than adequate for some of my favorite 4K HDR shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, plus I really dig that it comes with Alexa built-in.
At just $ 299 after a $ 260 discount, it’s very tough to beat.
Amazon Omni Series 55 “4K TV: was $ 559 now $ 299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Hello and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s Amazon Prime Day 2022 TV deals live blog.
To start things off, let’s look at some of the cheaper options available today. My favorite smaller TV deal running right now is the one on this 43-inch Amazon 4-Series Fire 4K TV for just $ 199 (opens in new tab). Obviously Amazon is pushing its own wares the hardest today and while that might be a turn-off for some, the 4-Series is a pretty good TV available at a cut-rate price.
Supporting both 4K and HDR at this price point is great, plus you’ve got a built-in smart assistant (Alexa) and Amazon’s Fire TV interface that will save you from buying an Amazon Fire TV 4K.
Amazon 4-Series 43 “Fire 4K TV: was $ 369 now $ 199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)