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The Best 40 Inch LED Televisions 2017

For the giant majority of rooms in your home, especially bedrooms, a 40-inch LED television is the ideal size. It's not so huge as to take in an inordinate amount of area, however, you furthermore might not want to sit right on top of it to revel in your viewing enjoyment. Our selection functions the cream of the crop from amongst this tv size class, with each 1080 HD and 4K resolutions to be had. When customers buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Samsung Electronics UN40MU7000 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)TCL 43S405 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)Sony XBR-43X800E 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)LG Electronics 43LJ5500 43-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (2017 Model)Hisense 40H4C1 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2016 Model)Sceptre 40Samsung Electronics UN40MU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)Proscan PLDEDV4018 40

LED TVs Are All In How You Look At Them

I remember the first big screen TV I ever encountered. It belonged to my uncle in the days when big screen TVs took up half the room like computers in the 1950s. What I remember most about it was that it had an atrocious viewing angle, meaning that if you tried to watch it from too far to either side of the room it suddenly looked like there was a grey bed sheet between you and the picture.

Modern LED televisions, on the other hand, have tremendous viewing angles, mainly because it's no longer a matter of projecting light from a single source against a much larger piece of glass or other intermediaries. Instead, modern LED TVs project light locally, right below the surface of the screen.

Before we get into that, though, we need to tackle something about the term LED. LED TVs are actually Liquid Crystal Display (or LCD) TVs that are either backlit or edge-lit by Light Emitting Diodes. The light comes from the LEDs shining at brightness levels determined by the data of the incoming picture and by the flexibility of a given TV's diodes. That light pumps through the color LCD screen to give you your image.

The only break from this more or less standard design schematic is the curved LED TV. You see, light travels in straight lines (most of the time), but our eyes receive light along their natural curve. There's then some physical interpretation in the eye, and a lot more going on in the brain to flatten out our image of the world.

A curved television, viewed from a proper distance, sends its light information toward your eye at angles complementary to its shape. Some viewers claim that this improves the image, while others can't see a difference. What is undeniable, though, is that it does mildly cut down on the strain that all that data correction puts out your eyes and your brain, so you'll experience less fatigue while binging through six seasons of your new favorite show.

A Few Things Left To Consider


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You've narrowed down your television search to the 40-inch class, so you've probably got a handle on the concept of viewing distance, as well as the fact that inch classification is just a classification and not an exact measurement. At this point, it may seem like the differences among your options is menial at best. But there are still a few specific things that could make your choice a heroic one or a tragic one.

Let's start out by discussing inputs. Unless you want to spend the extra money and space on an HDMI splitter, you'll want to make sure that the TV you're thinking about has enough inputs to support all of your devices. That's a cable box, a streaming box, a gaming system, a DVD player, and more. If you've only got two or three HDMI inputs, you're liable to get frustrated rather quickly.

There's also the big debate between 1080HD and 4K, but that debate will rage on for only another year or two at most. 4K is coming, and 1080HD will go the way of 720HD. What's 720, you ask? Exactly.

Finally, there's our good friend the refresh rate. If you've ever noticed strange artifacts or inexplicable motion blur in your digital content that suddenly seem to disappear and then reappear a few seconds later in new and annoying ways, you likely need a TV with a greater refresh rate. The problem is, refresh rate hasn't a standardized measurement. Sure, they're all listed with a reference to hertz, but anytime you see a refresh rate with a fancy name like Motionflow or a modifier like "effective," know that the number is inflated, usually by about 100%.

The Television By Any Other Name


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The boob tube. The idiot box. The brain drain. The decline of Western civilization. Whatever you call the TV today, it has endured an enormous amount of criticism through the ages, not just for the content it presented, but for its effect on the humans watching it.

Sometimes, when I was a teenager, I'd walk the streets of my hometown, gathering my thoughts about life and love. It was great, free therapy. Every once and a while, I'd walk by someone's house and see through large and open windows a slack, thoughtless face illuminated only by the glow of the television. There was a vacancy to their eyes that always scared me, though not enough to stop watching TV myself.

When the first TVs came out, they were a ridiculous luxury item, and there was very little programming to enjoy. It wasn't until the 60s that the units became much more popular in the average person's home, and that popularity peaked in coincidence with the airing of footage from the Vietnam war in ways that would forever change both our perception of battle and the press's coverage of it.

The vacuum tube technology of these older TVs stuck around well into the 1990s when advancements in LED technology brought about the thinner flat-screen TVs that seem now like they've always been with us.

For now, display resolution seems to be increasing at a faster rate than the screen technology itself, with promises of flexible, paper-thin screens on the distant horizon.


#8.Proscan PLDEDV4018 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV/DVD Combo


Don't miss one single detail with Proscan's 1080p LED TV. Backlighting delivers outstanding contrast for darker, richer blacks and vivid color reproduction ensures image accuracy across the screen. With the built-in slot-loading DVD player, you can pop in any DVD and watch it right on your 32-Inch widescreen TV. You can even use this TV as a computer monitor! An ultra-slim bezel on this Proscan 1080p LED TV means that distractions are kept to a minimum when you're enjoying the game or your favorite movie. The versatile design lets you mount this TV on your wall or place it on your entertainment stand, and the large screen size offers easy viewing. Boasting 1080p resolution and rich color contrasts, this LED TV brings movies to life.


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#7.Samsung Electronics UN40MU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)


The Samsung MU6300 Ultra HDTV redefines the viewing experience by producing a colorful High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture. Our new Smart TV user-interface (UI), the new Smart Remote Controller with voice navigation capability provides faster access to your favorite streaming content choices and more.


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#6.Sceptre 40" LED Class Full 1080P HDTV X405BV-F


Great deal. After struggling to adjust and fine tune the pic....I finally got it just right. It took a great deal of patience, but not worth it. I love this tv, especially the price. Great deal.


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#5.Hisense 40H4C1 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2016 Model)


With over 3,000 streaming channels, 3 million movies and endless TV episodes on the H4 Series Full HD Hisense Roku TV, you can pretty much watch live and streaming TV content every minute of every day for eternity and never run out. We hope you have more going on in your life than that, but if not, well, we have your back. The robust Roku TV operating system combined with high-end technologies and sleek design gives you great features and tons of content.


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#4.LG Electronics 43LJ5500 43-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (2017 Model)


Easy set-up and great picture. Haven't used all the features yet. Still not sure why the audio for a visually impaired feature was activated and why that activated a similar feature on the cable box, but happily our tech-savvy son was able to deactivate it.


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#3.Sony XBR-43X800E 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)


Enjoy truly remarkable 4K HDR clarity, color, and contrast. Rediscover every detail in 4K HDR while TRILUMINOS Display adds a brilliant picture that’s closer than ever to real-world colors. And with Android TV, find all the entertainment you want, faster than ever.


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#2.TCL 43S405 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)


TCL, one of the world's largest TV manufacturers in the world and America’s fastest-growing TV brand, bring the latest in 4K technology and design. We've simplified the 4k Ultra HD TV so you can instantly enjoy endless entertainment. With HRD compatibility, choose from more than 4,000 streaming channels that feature 450,000 movies and TV episodes plus live sports, news, music, kids, and family, food, science and tech, fitness, foreign language and so much more.


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#1.Samsung Electronics UN40MU7000 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)


The Samsung MU7000 Ultra HDTV redefines the viewing experience by producing a wider range of colors with 4K Color Drive Pro and a High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture. Our new Smart TV user-interface (UI), the new Smart Remote Controller with voice navigation capability provides faster access to your favorite streaming content choices and more.


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