There’s so much choice when it comes to buying a new TV that walking into a store can be an overwhelming experience of light, sounds and hefty price tags. For many people, the ever-increasing price of TVs as they get smarter and larger has been a barrier to upgrading that tired old living room TV with something better.
But the great thing about modern TV technology is that it’s not just restricted to the big-name brands with matching big-name price tags anymore. There’s been a bit of a value revolution in recent years, with high-quality TVs being designed and offered at easy-to-handle prices, equipped with excellent screens and all the smarts you need to get streaming.
FFalcon may mystify you with its unique name, but their TVs are more likely to have people speechless at the pricing, which puts these two models very solidly into the “bargain” category. But that’s not to say they’re missing any of the essentials for watching live TV, DVD and Blu-rays or streaming – far from it.
With the rush to 4K from every major brand, it’s gotten harder and harder to find a full HD (1080p) television – which is still something many people want. If you’re the sort of person who watches lots of free-to-air TV, uses subscription streaming services on their standard plans, watches DVDs or maybe Blu-rays, and plays games on one of the non “pro” game consoles, then spending extra on a 4K TV isn’t something you’ll want to do.
And that’s where the FFalcon 40SF1 comes in. With a 40” screen that fits well in smaller rooms but is still big enough for couch viewing, it boasts an excellent 4000:1 contrast ratio (that means a more vibrant picture) and a wide viewing angle. It has Freeview Plus built in with its interactive real-time program guide and access to catch-up services, as well as selected streaming apps and YouTube ready to go. It can even record TV onto a USB drive, and play back your video files via USB as well. For the price, it’s a versatile little beast.
Those who do want a 4K screen, meanwhile, should take a look at the 65UF2. It builds on the feature set of its little brother with full 4K HDR support on a giant 65-inch screen, making it the one to go for if you’re getting into 4K Blu-ray or have one of the 4K-capable game consoles (PS4/5, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X). The same tech is onboard – USB recording, streaming apps, YouTube and Freeview Plus – with the very handy addition of support for Amazon Alexa, letting you control your TV with your voice via any Alexa-enabled smart speaker or device.
With Dolby Audio support on both TVs for high-quality sound from multiple sources, these two budget-beaters are well worth checking out if you’re looking for a quality TV solution for not very many dollars.