55″ Sceptre E555BV-FMQR FHD LED TV via Amazon
Sceptre E555BV-FMQR is the late 2014 model new 55 inch Full HD LED TV with 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate and 178 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles. FHD 1080p means sharp images and vivid colors, has 3 x HDMI ports that allow you to link different devices simultaneously and one of them is MHL feature (that is also Roku Ready) enabled so you can simply mirror your tablet or smart phone screen onto this large 55 inch Full HD screen. Sceptre makes great TV sets with thousands of happy customers in US and this one comes with a 12 month limited parts and labour warranty which you can choose to extend.
Sceptre E555BV weighs 51.5 pounds with stand (40.5 lbs without stand) with dimensions of 49.33 x 11.41 x 31.57 inches with stand (49.33 x 3.41 x 28.89 inches without stand) so it is not heavy at all for a 55 inch TV, is mountable on a wall- VESA 400mm x 400mm compatible. It is quite a bit of a looker with its unique brushed metal pattern design, slim bezel and chassis and modern rectangular tempered glass base that feels solid and durable, convenient and stylish. The brush pattern is a nice touch for not only the appearance of this TV but also is nice to touch and offers neat protection from potential scratches. It is very easy to set-up (no complex menus), not a smart TV as such but one of the HDMI ports is Roku ready so you can simply connect your Roku stick to stream a great variety of shows, songs and movies online. And you get to watch and interact with all your apps on large screen TV. Roku interface is a great plus for this TV, OSD language is obviously English by default and you have Spanish and French options too.
It is a bright screen Full HD LED TV with 280cd/m2 brightness, 1080p resolution and well over 2 million pixels and shows you the more obvious dark and light contrasts, deep blacks, a great variety of vibrant colours- 16.7 million colours, clarity and nice image detail and quality comparable to an LG TV. MHL stands for Mobile High Definition Link and whatever you do on your mobile phone or tablet will be mirrored to your TV screen and you get to view everything on there and also acts as a battery charger for your mobile devices. Apart from the 3 HDMI ports, you’ll find a USB 2.0 port for your songs and pictures (not videos) from your USB flash drive. Other connectivity options include 1 × Component, 1 × Composite, 1 x SPDIF Audio Output, 1 x Headphone output. Sound quality is quite good with the DTS SRS TruSorround HD with max bass and smooth treble through the 10 watts per Channel x 2 built-in speakers, offering clear dialogues when you’re watching your movies or shows. It typically consumes 88 watts of power (maximum of 120W) and less than 1 watt on standby.
Sceptre Inc. was founded in California more than 3 decades ago and they offer great value televisions with decent image and sound quality, connectivity and functions- a lot of value for your money as compared to those expensive brand names and without sacrificing on quality, company also offers good customer service with representatives based in USA. One of the customers had a problem with their remote control and they were shipped a new one immediately. And a couple of people reported not satisfactory sound quality but this may be specific to those units as most customers are happy- will depend on what you expect from sound and you will always be better off with a sound bar (to bump up the audio and funnily a few customers say there is no need for a sound bar) anyway. Sure you will be limited in terms of those extra features and all those bells and whistles but do keep in mind that you are paying a lot less too.