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Best 26 to 29-inch LCD and LED/LCD TVs

Great TVs for Modest-sized Spaces

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If you are looking for a TV, but don't have a lot of space, consider an LCD or LED/LCD TV in the 26 through 29-inch screen sizes. Check out the following selections for some great choices. Also, check out my suggestions for LCD flat panel televisions in the 40-Inch and Larger, 32 to 39-inch, and 24-Inch and Smaller screen sizes.

1. Samsung UN29F4000AF 29-inch LED/LCD TV

BERLIN - AUGUST 28: A man looks at large screen flat panel LCD television monitors at the Samsung stand ahead of the opening evening at the IFA consumer elctronics trade fair on August 28, 2008 in Berlin, Germany.
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The Samsung UN29F4000AF is a TV that comes with a new screen size: 29-inches. This provides a larger viewing area, while still being small enough to be placed just about anywhere in smaller room. This thin-styled set only weighs about 11 pounds. The UN29F4000AF features LED backlight, 1366x768 native pixel resolution, wide contrast ratio, and 60Hz screen refresh rate with 120-Hz motion processing. For connectivity, Samsung provides 2 HDMI inputs a shared component/composite video input (this means you cannot connect both a component and composite video source to the TV at the same time), and a USB port that enables access to music, still photo, and video files stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices. Of course, an ATSC tuner is also provided for over-the-air HDTV broadcasts, and of use you can connect a cable or satellite box to the TV as well for those content sources.
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2. LG 26LN4500 26-inch LED/LCD TV

LG has a great reputation making stylish, and excellent performing, LCD PC monitors, but they are also heavily invested in both LCD and Plasma Televisions. The 26LN4500 is a compact 26-inch LCD TV that delivers great images with its LED backlight, 1024x768 (approx 720p) native pixel resolution (which is fine for this small screen size), and excellent contrast ratio. Also included is one HDMI input (which is also MHL-enabled - allowing access to content stored on compatible portable devices), USB input (for access to stored digital image, video, and audio files), a PC monitor input, and ATSC and QAM tuners for over-the-air and unscrambled HD cable signal sources. If you are looking for a smaller screen size TV with both style and substance, check out the LG 26LN4500.
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3. Vizio E261VA 26-inch LED/LCD TV

The Vizio E261VA provides a lot for those looking for a smaller screen size TV with has features normally found only are larger sets. The E261VA incorporates LED edge lighting for improved contrast and energy efficiency, as well as 1366x768 (approx. 720p) native screen resolution for good detail. The Vizio E261VA also provides all the connections you need, including 2 HDMI inputs as well as a VGA PC monitor input. Also, a USB input is provided for access to digital still photos stored on USB flash drives.

 

On the audio side, this set also incorporates SRS TruSurround HD audio processing and SRS TruVolume helps to provide better sound from its built-in speakers. However, both analog and digital audio outputs are provided for connection to an external audio system. If you are looking for a great LCD TV in the 26-inch screen size, that can also double as a PC monitor, checkout the Vizio E261VA.
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Also available with a larger 29-inch screen size. Compare Prices for the Vizio E291-A1

4. Samsung UN26EH4000 26-Inch LED/LCD HDTV

The Samsung UN26EH4000 is a 26-inch TV that has thin styling, only weighs about 10 pounds, and is very energy efficient. The UN26EH4000 features LED backlighting (Samsung refers to this as "Direct lit LED"), 16x9 screen, 1366x768 native pixel resolution, wide contrast ratio, and 60-Hz refresh rate. Also, with 2 HDMI inputs and ATSC tuner, you can enjoy true high definition from a variety of sources. The on-board USB port also enables access to music, still photo, and video files stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices. If you are looking for a compact TV that has great picture quality and flexibility, then check out the Samsung UN26EH4000.
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5. Philips 26PFL4907/F7 26-inch LED/LCD TV

The Philips 26PFL4907/F7 incorporates quite a bit behind its 26-inch screen. First off, this set features a 1366x768 (approx. 720p) native screen resolution supported by LED edge lighting for improved contrast and energy efficiency. The 26PFL4907/F7 also provides all the connections you need, including 3 HDMI inputs and VGA PC monitor input. Also, a USB input is provided for access to digital still photos and videos stored on USB flash drives.

 

However, the big bonus that you don't normally see at this screen size is the incorporation of internet streaming capability via the TV's onboard ethernet port or via compatible wireless USB WiFi adapter. The internet access enables you to watch content from Netflix, HuluPlus, and YouTube. In addition, you can use the 26PFL4907/F7 to access content stored on network connected PCs.
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6. Samsung UN26D4003 26-inch LED/LCD TV

Samsung brings LED edge-lighting to the 26-inch screen size. The UN26D4003 also features great styling (the TV is only about 2-inches thick - not counting the base). Featuring a 16x9 screen, 1366x768 native pixel resolution, wide contrast ratio, and 60-Hz refresh rate, the set delivers a very pleasing image. In addition, with 2 HDMI inputs and ATSC tuner, you can enjoy true high definition from a variety of sources. Another bonus is the LED edge-lighting makes the UN26D4003 very energy efficient. If you are looking for a space-saving, but high quality, small screen size LCD TV, that will also save on your electric bill, definitely check out the Samsung UN26D4003.
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