A few years ago, if you saw a 50-inch 4K TV for under $300, you’d think something was wrong with it. But what about a TV that’s under $200? That’s what you’re getting here with the Roku Select Series. This is a 50-inch 4K TV with Roku built-in that will give you an incredible TV experience at a pretty cheap price.
What I really like about the Roku Select Series of TVs is that these are cheap TVs that are actually good. Sure, you won’t get the same experience as you would on a few thousand-dollar OLED TVs, but this is a TV that has an MSRP of just $299, so that’s expected. But we did find that it has adequate contrast and middling HDR brightness. This means that it is fine to watch HDR content in dark rooms, but the blacks look a bit more gray in dark scenes, which is also because of the backlight situation here. It doesn’t have individual backlights like a QLED or OLED TV would.
I found that this TV performs the best when you are watching high-quality 4K content from physical sources. This is because the image processing capabilities are not quite the best when working with low-quality or low-bitrate content.
Roku does also has some pretty low input lag, making it great for gaming. But again, considering this price, it’s not surprising to see that HDMI 2.1, VRR, and ALLM are all missing here. Those are usually found on TVs that are closer to $1,000.
This is a fantastic TV to pick up, and it’s still sitting at its Black Friday price right now over at Best Buy.
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