The Smart Choice


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Alright guys.

I'm looking to get my old dear a new TV for Christmas as her laptop has broken and her TV is terrible, I thought I could combine the two and get a smart TV.

She only really used iPlayer and Facebook on her laptop so they need to be involved.

I started by looking at the LG 42LW550T which seems to have the features but its probably slightly too expensive for me, then had a look at the Sony KDL40CX523BU which looks decent although has no facebook.

Is there a decent middle ground? I'm not fussed about 3D or even LED (if that makes thing more expensive). Just want a decent picture and those wifi features. I really have no idea on what's what!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Blue Ray

The size of the screen & quality of image with have the larger bearing on price then the features of the set will also start to add to the cost. Upper range sets pretty much come with 3D as standard these days. Most of the internet TV's will come with iPlayer & Facebook (some don't, or at least certainly didn't when I was researching a few months back).

Also be wary that many sets will only have SD Freeview built in so make sure you get Freeview HD or it kinda spoils the whole point of having an HDTV. Get yourself down the High Street & have a squint, there are some half decent internet ready sets for relatively little dosh. Ask about the wifi though as for some the wifi adapter will be an added extra.

Sony KDL-32CX523 received decent write ups: 1080p, Freeview HD, internet TV including Facebook & iPlayer (wifi dongle required), DLNA certified so your old dear can instantly view photos taken on her Droid/iPhone, record directly to USB HDD & also playback media files from the USB ports. Around 300 sovs for 32"

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