The flat panel TV industry follows an annual launch calendar and right now is a good time to purchase a TV if you want to save money. The manufacturers are gearing up for the new 2011 products in a few weeks and that means that they are selling their 2010 models at heavily reduced prices.
Save money on current model
The TV manufacturers follow an annual product cycle which means that each year in January the new products are unveiled and a few months later the products will be in stores.
Save money now
It also means that the manufactures need to sell all the current models to make room for the new ones, and that’s why you can save money on many TVs in these weeks.
Therefore you need to shop now to save money if you don’t care about the newest technology. Some models are already sold out but most are selling at huge discounts compared to the introduction prices. Some models will still be available when the new models arrive but there’s no guarantee and end of February until medio March is the best time to shop flat panel TVs in our experience.
FlatpanelsHD made a list with recommended TVs with good value-for-money back in January. This list is still valid and we have re-posted it here for you.
42” Panasonic G20: Panasonic's most popular and best-selling model is the G20/G25 that has been recommended by many review sites because of great picture quality and a great value-for-money ratio. The price on this model has also dropped considerably in 2010 and we consider this TV one of the best deals at the moment.
50” Samsung C8000 Samsung's first 3D plasma TV (C8000 in the US, C7000 in the UK) has considerably better 3D picture quality than any of Samsung’s 3D LCD/LED models. The price is also very attractive when you consider that you get an ultra slim 50-inch flagship model with Samsung’s best 3D picture quality. What more do you want?
40” Sony EX500: If you are looking for a value-for-money TV from Sony then the EX50 series is probably the place to spend your money. The 40-inch EX500 is not a high-end product but has fairly decent picture quality and many of the Sony Internet features. It’s a great deal for those seeking a mid-end TV for the living room.
50” LG PK950: LG released their PK950 plasma range in 2010 and even though it’s not the best in class LG improved picture quality considerably compared to their 2009 models. The very low price makes it a great deal. It’s also elegant with the Borderless glass design.
32” Philips 5605H: If you’re looking for a proper 32-inch TV for your bedroom or any other room, you want to have a look at this Philips TV. It has very deep black levels and is cheap compared to the competition. This is an EU model only.