If you are in the market to buy the Best LED TV in India, here is a quick 5-minute guide you must read before doing thorough research and buy a TV online or Offline.

There are many factors you must consider before making a purchase, like display type, size of your room, sound output, resolution, connectivity to your smartphone, curved or Flat. Let’s look into these features and what makes the best fit for your budget and choice.

Best LED TV Buying Guide India 2016

Display Types 

Best LED Tv Buying Guide India 2020 – There is utmost confusion in terms of which display screen is right. But we will try to generalize it for Indian TV guide and what TV’s generally are sold in here. We will try to not go into what constituent into making this technology because frankly, we know you’re not interested in that.

There are many display technology and their different variants which makes them difficult to say which is the most perfect, but mostly in India, you will find LEDs. (But LEDs use LCD technology and are named LED-LCD. Furthering the confusion, many stores for some reason advertise even LED screens as LCD.) Generally, LEDs give you better power consumption, better backlighting.

LCD vs LED vs OLED vs PLASMA VS OLED VS QLED

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Quick Tips :

LEDs are generally better than LCD. Plasma’s are a dying technology and you shouldn’t buy one. OLED is the best, and so sports a hefty price for that quality too.

Furthermore, QLED is the latest display technology that also offers a good viewing angle and has accurate colors. It allows up to Quantum HDR with deeper blacks and high contrast ratios. 

There are some display screens coming in LCD and LED too, like PLS, TN, IPS, and VA display. In among LED and LCD screens, mostly you will have the choice to go for IPS display or VA display.

The IPS display is a more resilient, very strong display, and has less chance to get a crack if you throw your remote at it in anger.

Popularized by Apple, IPS generally has better picture quality and viewing angles than VA display or TN display.

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VA display depends, but for a general guide (and not getting too technical), you can opt for VA display too.

They give just below performance compared to IPS displays but are not that sturdy. It is strongly advised to not spray cleaning agents directly on their screen or don’t rub the screen with clothes very harshly. However, with some manufactures like Sony, you will find mostly VA displays.

PLS Display is basically your IPS display but Samsung is the exclusive manufacturer of it.

Resolution and Screen Size

 TV’s in India comes broadly into 3 resolutions :

  1. HD-Ready (which is just a marketing term for 720p TV)
  2. Full-HD (a marketing term for 1080p TV’s)
  3. UHD/4K (Ultra HD or 4K resolutions, 2160p TV)

1080P Vs 2K Vs 4K TV difference

The 480P and the 2K resolution are least common in India and elsewhere.

Don’t let the salesman confuse you when he says every TV is HD. On a mental note, we reserve you would want a 1080p (Full HD) TV in 2020 and upwards.

But don’t worry if you decided for 720p (HD-Ready) TV’s, they can still play 1080p videos through your USB.

If you’re buying 4K TV, they look amazing but you might want to consider some points here.

Normal Cable connection in India doesn’t provide 4K quality in channels.

Even HD channels are not native 1080p, but 1080i (i stands for interlaced) to save bandwidth and is definitely way worse than your 1080p.

All 4K TVs come with 4K up-scaler so even 1080i channels look pretty, but you won’t get a native 4K experience anytime soon unless you opt for those special packages which might cost you more than Rs. 1000 a month.

Best LED TV Buying Guide India 2016

Also streaming 4K content using your broadband will cost you a bomb with 200-500 GB plus data consumption monthly if you watch TV for a couple of hours daily.

Also, look out for HDR and Quantum Dot technology in your 4K TV.

It will be worth it since you won’t be buying your TV every 2 years.

If you can’t wait, and 4K TV’s are within your range, these TV’s can be seen as future proof because in time, channels quality will increase and you won’t have to buy another TV for many years.

When choosing your TV size, also consider the size of your room and the distance from where you will be seeing it.

A 32 inch TV in a large room might just be satisfactory while a 43 inch or larger in that room would be an experience you might fell in love with.

Considering the cost has come down significantly the 55” or 60”+ TVs are also affordable and within reach.

But make sure without first making sure it won’t drown your living room.

A 55” 4K TV will also provide less quality if you see non-HD Indian channels than your 40” 4K TV due to upscaling and already low quality of non-HD channels.

With a good 55 inch 4K TV you will need 4K or at least Full HD content to make full use of the panel.

Also, at times there are scaling issues when you try to stream SDR content on 4K TV – it may look pixellated and blurry. 

The Most Popular Screen Sizes & resolution are:

  1. 32 Inch for HD Ready and Full HD
  2. 43 Inches for Full HD or Even 4K
  3. 55 Inch or 65 Inch for 4K Resolution.

Should You buy a 3D LED TV OR Curved TV?

Are Curved or 3D LED TV the Right Choice?

Avoid them. Like your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend. Curved TV is pointless because of terrible viewing angles, it is only good when you see them from an optimal viewing distance.

Their high price is just another reason to avoid them completely. 3D TV’s are already a dying breed; the content for them is already low, the 3D effect isn’t fancy enough in the first place as they’re again plagued with bad viewing angles. Avoid both of them wholly.

Should You buy a 3D LED TV

Are Smart TVs  Dumb? – Are they worth the cost

Smart TVs are becoming the new norm and there is no reason not to buy these. Back in 2015-16, the cost of Smart TVs was higher compared to the regular ones, but now there is hardly any difference so can buy these without much fuss. 

Not to mention you can buy Teewe, AnyCast,  Chromecast, Miracast  Roku Stick, Amazon Firestick, Mi Stick to turn your old Dumb TV into Smart TV anytime you want.

With Firestick or Chromecast you are sure that you will get future software updates and the experience is also great. You can also upgrade to a newer version of the Amazon Firestick for more features and functions down the line.

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The sound in HD TVs

What Good is a video, without great sound? Sounds are increasingly terrible in all-new slim Televisions compared to your 10-year-old TV.

That is one reason why you should go to the store and check it out yourself, bring in many samples with yourself in your USB Drive which we will cover shortly.

All your 22 HD channels in cable have even more terrible sound quality (I checked TATA Sky and DEN) so buying a Home theatre or a Soundbar is pretty much an added expense you will have to take sooner or later.

Try to gouge the sound while purchasing but you will pretty much be unsatisfied unless it is a special music TV edition.

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Playing Files through USB

There are several TVs that come with support for the High definition HEVC or H265 Videos. However, Most TVs play mkv, mp4, avi and other common formats but be mindful of what codecs in compression is used in those containers.

For example, your TV might play H264-Mp4 while won’t play H265-Mp4. (H265 packs twice as much data in the same size which makes for amazing quality videos for lower sizes). Most TV play AAC audio codecs but won’t play Tru-Audio videos.

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Things to notice when checking :

  • Does your TV have the ability to change Audio? (Eng/Hindi Dual Audio Vids)
  • Does your TV have the ability to play mkv/mp4 with H264 or H265 Codec?
  • Does your TV have the ability to display /toggle subtitles?

While checking quality people tends to forget these things but when you would want to see HD movies in your TV or have your old parents see them in Hindi, you should educate yourself which format and codec your TV runs or not. I went to more than 8 stores over the month many times with my USB to check every TV. Be mindful in the future which videos or movies you download.

Special case for 4K content, your normal USB can’t play 4K content. You will have to use your HDMI slot for them. Which gets us to our next topic.

As many USB and HDMI slots as possible

Simple as that. The more the merrier. Check for headphone jacks too.

Entirely optional, but if you can get MHL-Enhanced-HDMI slots, you should prefer them. You can use RokuTV Box (Rs.5000/) with your TV and after buying rights for the codecs for just Rs.300/, you can play almost every format, even HEVC H265. An MHL enhanced HDMI slot will self-power the Roku Streaming stick turning your non-smart TV into a smart TV.

Bluetooth Support

Bluetooth Support is essential for pairing wireless headphones with your Smart Tv or if you want to pair it with Bluetooth Speakers or a Home theater System that can offer superior music quality. Look for support for Bluetooth 5.0 (latest gen) for better signal strength and sound output.

Refresh Rates, Response time, and Gaming

The more refresh rates, the better the viewing experience. Ask for Response Times of your TV, (less than 6ms is desirable for Gaming). Some TV also comes with “Gaming” mode which promises less response time when you decide to plug your PS4/XB1/PC to your TV.

Some of the latest TVs are now coming with panels that offer more than 60 Hz refresh rate. If you plan to use your TV with a Playstation or Xbox, I will suggest you pick up a TV that can offer 120 Hz or even higher refresh rate.

It is very unlikely to get good response times in your TV in normal cable functioning so make sure you take special notice of that Gaming Mode.

More the response time, the more is the input lag in your games so try to have less response time, less than 6-8ms.

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Final Advice: Online Stores and Hard Bargain

Best LED TV Buying Guide India – Go to brick & mortar stores and check discounts on Online Stores. Don’t worry about the package and handling or customer care because it is done directly by the company not by the store that are selling.

The Store’s responsibility is just to deliver the TV to your house and they’re done. You can get ridiculous discounts on online stores.

Also, if you have asked all these questions from the seller, he/she knows they can’t take you for a ride.

Do hard bargaining, you will be surprised how easily they will let you have the TV for Rs.2000-5000 less, depending upon the price and your bargaining skills. Take as much time as possible, there is always a better deal in the next store.


Check Some of the Top Suggestions Below for Buying the Best TVs in India

Let’s Start With Some of the Affordable 32 Inch TVs and then we will gradually move to larger sizes and more expensive feature-rich offerings.

1. Mi TV 4A PRO 80 cm (32 inches) HD Ready Android LED TV (Black) :

The reasonable HD Ready Smart TV from Xiaomi is a basic TV with a large 32-inch panel and is a good value for the money offer. The SmartTv is available for Rs. 12,999 and can buy it from Amazon or Mi Stores. 

The 32 inches smart TV has a 1366 * 768 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.

Also, The display comes with an LED panel and a Vivid Picture Engine.  

The smart features occupied by the TV are Built-in WIFI, PatchWall, Netflix, Prime Video, Android TV 9.0, Google Assistant, and Data saver.

Further, the Mi TV has 20 Watts output sound with Dolby+DTS-HD technology.

It weighs nearly 3.9 kg.

Lastly, the TV has 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports and about 8GB memory storage capacity.

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 32 inches
  • Weight: 3.9kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 3
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Resolution:720p
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • WIFI: In-built
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 12,999

Pros:

  • Affordable.
  • Decent picture quality.
  • Chromecast facility at a low price range.

Cons:

  • Average Panel Quality.
  • The interface is not fast.
  • Average Color Gamut.

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2. OnePlus Y Series 80 cm (32 inches) HD Ready LED Smart Android TV 32Y1 (Black) (2020 Model):

One Plus Y-series HD Ready Smart TV is the latest addition and comes at an inexpensive price. The TV is available for Rs. 12999 and competes with the Xiaomi TV.  

The 32 inches LED has a 1366 *768 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.

The screen has Color space mapping, LED panel, Noise reduction, Anti-Aliasing, Gamma Engine, and DCI P3 93% Colour Gamut.

The smart features given by the bezel-less TV are Android TV 9.0, Google Assistant, Play Store, Chromecast, Shared Album, Oxygen Play, Netflix, Prime Video, and much more.

It comes with 20 Watts sound output with Dolby Audio. The Smart HD Ready TV weighs nearly 3.5kg. 

As far as the ports are concerned, it has 2 HDMI and 2 USB ports.

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 32 inches
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Resolution: 1280*720p
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 12,999

Pros:

  • Good Picture quality at a low rate.
  • Average audio.

Cons:

  • Frequently lags.
  • No data saver.
  • HD ready not Full HD

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3. Philips 80 cm (32 inches) 4200 Series HD Ready LED TV 32PHT4233S/94 (Black):

Philips 4200 series TV is the slim LED TV that was recently launched by the company. It is available for a cheaper price of Rs. 10,999 that is Rs. 2000 less than the Mi or Oneplus TV.

The Pixel Plus 32 inches HD Ready TV comes with 1366 * 768 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.

The TV has 2 HDMI ports and a USB port. It weighs nearly 4.02kg. 

Philips gives 16 Watts sound output with Dynamic Bass Enhancement and Incredible Surround.

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 32 inches
  • Weight: 4.02kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 1
  • Resolution: 1280*720p
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Bluetooth Support: No
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 10,999

Pros:

  • Great picture quality.
  • Best sound experience.
  • Budget TV.

Cons:

  • Lacks smart features.

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Let’s check out some of the premium offerings from LG, Samsung, and Sony for the 32 Inch TVs. 

4. Samsung (32 inches) Wondertainment Series HD Ready LED Smart TV-UA32TE40AAKXXLs (2020 model):

Samsung is offering a decent quality and clean theatre-like viewing experience at home with its Wondertainment TV series. The 32 Inch TV is affordable and is available for Rs. 15,999.

It comes with a voice-enabled search and game enhancer. 

Samsung LED smart TV comes with 32 inches of screen size with 1366 * 768 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. It has Mega contrast, PurColor, HD Picture quality with a slim and stylish design.

The TV has 2 HDMI ports and a USB port. The smart features include Voice assistants, SmartThings App, Personal computer, Home Cloud, Live Cast, Screen Share, and Music System.

Samsung offers sound with 20 Watts output with Dolby Digital Plus.

Key Specification:

  • Screen-size : 32 inches
  • Weight: 4kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Screen-Density: 900 PQI
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 1
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Number of Speakers: 2
  • Color: Titan Gray
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 15,999

Pros:

  • Best-Budget TV.
  • High screen density.
  • Perfect clarity.
  • Screen-Off music function available.

Cons:

  • HD ready can’t match the clarity of Full HD.

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5. LG  (32 inches) HD Ready Smart LED TV 32LM563BPTC (Dark Iron Gray) (2020 Model) :

LG has launched its HD Ready Television with smart features that are easy to use.

The 32 inches TV comes with 1366 * 768 pixels resolution and 50Hz refresh rate. The Active HDR flat IPS display has a BackLight Slim LED module.

The smart and thin TV weighs around 6.3kg. It has two HDMI ports and a USB port. 

The smart features include Web OS smart TV, Home Dashboard, Screen Mirroring, Mini TV-Browser with multi-tasking. 

The TV features Dual speakers with 10 Watts output and DTS Virtual X Down Firing sound type. 

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size: 32 inches
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Viewing angles: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 1
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Number of Speakers: 2
  • Color: Dark Iron Gray
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 14,990

Pros:

  • Good picture quality.
  • Better sound effects.
  • A great pack of smart features.
  • Up to 4GB memory.

Cons:

  • No Bluetooth.

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6. Sony Bravia (32 inches) Full HD LED Smart TV KLV-32W672G (Black):

The 32 inches Sony Bravia Full HDR LED Smart TV comes with 1920*1080 pixels resolution and 50Hz refresh rate. The display has X-Protection Pro and X-Reality Pro to explore every single detail. 

The Sony Bravia comes with a superior Full HD display, much better color accuracy, and is a durable product. However, it comes at an expensive price of Rs. 29,000.

The smart TV has 2 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. The smart plug and play features allow connecting easily with a phone or USB device. Enables phone data connection for youtube and other online activities. 

It weighs nearly 6.3kg and has a 178-degree viewing angle.

The TV 30 Watts sound output with a built-in Woofer which enhances deep bass with clear audio. 

Key Specifications:

  • Screen size: 32 inches
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Screen-Density: 900 PQI
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Color: Black
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 29,999

Pros:

  • Great audio quality.
  • Awesome picture quality.
  • Accurate Colors
  • Reliable Brand and After Sales Service.

Cons:

  • Expensive.

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Let’s now check out some of the more premium, feature-rich TVs with 40, 43, 50, and 55 Inch displays that are worth buying.

7. Panasonic 100 cm (40 inches) Full HD Android Smart LED TV TH-40HS450DX (Black) (2020 Model):

Panasonic offers an Android Smart Tv with astounding picture quality and an immersive sound system.

The Bezel-Less smart TV comes with 40 inches of display with 1920 * 1080 pixels resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The Vivid Digital Pro display has Multi HDR with adaptive BackLight Dimming.  

Smart Television weighs nearly 5.9 kg and has a storage capacity of about 8GB.

It has two HDMI ports and two USB ports. The TV offers smart features likewise Google assistant, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Android OS by Google, Chromecast, and much more.

Further, it comes with a 16 Watts Sound output with Audio Link and V- Audio.

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 40 inches
  • Weight: 5.9kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 2
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Resolution:1080p
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Color: Black
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • WIFI: In-built
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 19,999

Pros:

  • Awesome picture quality.
  • Decent Audio.
  • Affordable Android TV.

Cons:

  • The User Interface is not the fastest.

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8. Mi TV 4X (50 Inches) 4K Ultra HD Android LED TV (Black) :

Mi extends its TV series with an affordable smart TV with a large screen and a super high-resolution panel.

This is the latest Mi 4X smart TV and is available for purchase at an attractive price of Rs. 29,990.

The 50 inches TV comes with 3840 * 2160 pixels resolution and has a 4K Ultra HD display with a 60Hz refresh rate. 

It weighs about 10kg and comes with narrow bezels.

The TV UI offers fast and fluid performance thanks to a decent processor and 2 GB RAM.

The TV has three HDMI ports and two USB ports. The fabulous smart features include Built-in WIFI, PatchWall, Netflix, Prime Video, Google Assistant, Android TV 9.0, Data saver, and much more.

To experience the best sound quality Mi TV comes with Dolby+DTS sounds with 20 Watts output. 

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 50 inches
  • Weight: 10kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 3
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Number of Speakers: 2
  • Color: Black
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • WIFI: In-built
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 31,999

Pros:

  • Big display at a reasonable rate.
  • The picture quality is good.
  • Great sound property.

Cons:

  • Little Tricky user menu.
  • No standby mode.

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Moving ahead, we have an expensive 55 Inch LG 4K TV that offers ultimate picture clarity, sound, and user interface.

9. LG 139 cm (55 inches) 4K UHD Smart LED TV 55UM7300PTA  Ceramic BK + Dark Steel Silver:

This new LG TV comes with an IPS 4K panel for the Ultra High Definition Tv viewing experience. Also, the TV comes with built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant that allows voice commands. 

The 55 inches smart TV has a 3840 * 2160 pixels resolution and 50Hz refresh rate. Furthermore, the screen has true color accuracy and DTS Virtual X for theatre-like wide viewing.

It has 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. The TV weighs about 14.5kg and has a memory storage capacity of nearly 4GB.

The smart features offered by the Ultra HD TV are AI ThinQ with Alexa and Google Assistant, AI Acoustic tuning, Screen sharing, and much more.

As far as the sound is considered, it comes with 20 Watts outputs.

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 55 inches
  • Weight: 14.5kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 3
  • Number of USB port: 2
  • Resolution:4K
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • WIFI: In-built
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 66,999

Pros:

  • Best Display experience.
  • Built-in Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • 4K pixels display at a reasonable rate.

Cons:

  • Can have better sound quality.

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10. OnePlus 138.8 cm (55 inches) Q1 Series 4K Certified Android QLED TV 55Q1IN Pro (Black):

Oneplus the Chinese phone manufacturer recently introduced several new TVs in India. This new 55 Inch Tv comes with a superior 4K QLED panel that has an unmatched picture clarity. 

The 4K Ultra HD 55 inches TV arrives with 3840 * 2160 pixels resolution and 480Hz Motion Rate.

The QLED display has 120% NTSC, HDR10 /HDR10+ support, and HLG decode for the most holistic experience.

Furthermore, It has 4 HDMI ports (HDMI 2 supports ARC) and 3 USB ports. The full Range 4 Speaker with 2 Tweeter and 2 Sub-Woofer comes with Alluring Sound, Dolby Atmos Technology, and 50 Watts output.

Besides, it even has smart features like built-in WIFI, One-Click Amazon Prime Video Button Remote, Android TV, Google Assistant, Oxygen OS with Android Pie 9, OxygenPlay VOD selection, Screencasting, File Browser, and much more.

Q1 Pro weighs nearly 22.2kg (with stand) and about 16 GB storage capacity. It will be better to use an HD streaming box or 4K for viewing TV channels for the optimal experience.  

Key Specifications:

  • Screen-size : 55 inches
  • Weight: 22.2kg
  • Viewing angle: 178 degree
  • Number of HDMI ports: 4
  • Number of USB port: 3
  • Resolution:4K
  • Display Technology: QLED
  • Bluetooth Support: Yes
  • WIFI: In-built
  • Warranty: 1 Year from manufacturer
  • Price: INR 99,899

Pros:

  • Android TV.
  • Crystal Clear Sound.
  • Good QLED Display quality.

Cons:

  • Poor Upscaling of SD content.

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10 Replies to “Best LED TV Buying Guide India (2020)

  1. Sir

    Can you help with the brand with all the features suggested in “Best LED TV Buying Guide India 2016“

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    Sajjan

  2. i want to buy a tv for gaming purpose thru my lappy. specs required: 40″ FHD, smart (optional), budget 50 k max, preferred brand Sony or Samsung. kindly suggest.

  3. This is the most practical and pin-pointed LED TV buying guide considering present Indian TV market and Cable/DTH scenario. Thanks a lot for writing such a useful guide.

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