Every guy’s perfect dream for his man cave (because let’s be honest, it’s probably not too many women out there who are urging to purchase a 50-inch smart TV for their living room).
Now that spring, and soon summer is upon us, it is that time for family get-togethers, BBQs, and just about any other activity that involves a few cold ones and watching something on a big screen.
That’s where I come in – I am going to review the best five 50-inch led TVs thus far of 2020 for your reading pleasure. Let’s take a look at what’s out there:
50-Inch Smart LED TV Reviewed 2020
- 1 50-Inch Smart LED TV Reviewed 2020
- 2 Sony XBR49X900E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model), Works with Alexa
- 3 LG Electronics 49UJ6300 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
- 4 Samsung Electronics UN49MU7000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
- 5 TCL 49S405 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
- 6 Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
Ok so let’s get obvious out the way, this particular 49 Inch Sony Smart TV is not an exact 50 inches (only 49) and will cost you about 800 bucks if you are an Amazon Prime member (if you aren’t it may be a bit more).
The Sony XBR has an added plus of being compatible with Alexa for voice control and additional convenience (Alexa device is sold separately, however).
For all of you techies out there, with the Sony XBR, you can expect a refresh rate of 60Hz (Native), Motionflow XR 24 (Effective), in addition to Direct-Lit LED. As we already mentioned, this TV does have smart functionality and whose dimensions are: 43.6″ x 25.8″ x 3.1″ (TV without stand) and 43.6″ x 27.3″ x 9.4″ (TV with stand).
The inputs for the Sony XBR are 4 HDMI (HDCP 2.2/HDMI 2.0a) and 3 USB ports. Additional accessories include: Remote Control (RMT-TX200U), Batteries (R03), AC Power Cord: (Pigtail, US plug type, 2pin, straight shape), IR Blaster (1-849-161-11).
The LG Electronics 49UJ is another 49-inch LED Smart TV, which is significantly cheaper than the one reviewed above, costing about $440.00 on Amazon, so almost half the price.
It is built for the most optimal streaming performance and whose features include: dimensions that are 43.7″ x 25.6″ x 3.2″ (TV without stand) and 43.7″ x 27.8″ x 9.3″ (TV with stand).
The LG Electronics TV has smart functionality that gives you access to your favorite apps and content using WebOS 3.5 software and Wi-Fi connectivity that is built-in 802.11ac.
This TV will offer you an ultra HD picture and clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture possible.
Additional features include direct-lit LED picture quality, TruMotion120 with a refresh rate of 60Hz, which allows for fast-moving action scenes to be seen with minimal motion blur.
Accessories for the LG Electronics TV include 3 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports, 1 RF, 1 Composite, Component Shared w/ Composite, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, and Smart TV Operating System-WebOS 3.5.
The Samsung Electronics UN49 can be purchased used on Amazon for around $525.00 (if you want to go for the 55-inch, be prepared to pay a little over $100 more).
The 4K Color Drive Pro option, which is offered on this particular TV, reveals a wider spectrum of realistic colors, creating a more authentic and optimal picture.
The viewer can, and will, see a wider range of color and contrast than full HD with 4K HDR Pro.
One remote (which is obviously included) automatically detects and controls all your connected devices and content with no manual programming required, which is a huge plus itself.
The TCL 48S405 is a Roku Smart LED TV that has smart functionality to get access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes via the Roku TV option.
The dimensions of the TCL are 43.7″ x 25.3″ x 3″ (TV without stand) and 43.7″ x 27.7″ x 8.5″ (TV with stand).
The TCL pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of high dynamic range (HDR), like many TVs currently on the market, for the clearest and amazing picture possible.
Additional features include 120Hz refresh rate which allows for fast moving action scenes to be seen with virtually no motion blur, in addition to 3 HDMI inputs 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, and Ethernet.
No, you are not seeing double- we reviewed a similar Samsung TV a few TVs ago; this particular Samsung is an extreme step up, in terms of color, with a billion more shades than regular 4K UHD.
It comes with four HDMI inputs and three USB ports, with the viewer being able to see extreme contrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights, plus expanded color and depth while watching your favorite shows.
Be prepared to enjoy smooth, crisp action, even in the fastest scenes, bringing sports and fast-moving content to life.
And while we’re talking about it, please note the differences between the MU8000 and the MU800D. MU8000: Gray cabinet, 500 nits HDR sustained brightness, Mega Dynamic Contrast MU800D: Dark Titan cabinet, 470 nits HDR sustained brightness, Ultra Dynamic Contrast (just so you are aware).
Are all smart TVs compatible with wall mounts?
Typically, most TVs on the market today are compatible with wall mounts, but just because they CAN go on amount does not necessarily mean that they SHOULD.
Just make sure that you read the description and capabilities thoroughly prior to purchasing.
Are these TVs equipped with a game mode?
Yes, they are and they are compatible with just about any gaming console that’s on the market right now (PlayStation, XBOX, etc.). You just may have to do some minor tweaks depending on the console that you are using.
All in all, I would say to go with the Samsung 8000, if you don’t mind spending a bit extra; if you are watching your financial waistline, go for the TCL which is pretty good, despite it being cheaper than the others.