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Vizio vs. TCL: TVs for every budget


Vizio and TCL sell budget-friendly TVs that don't compromise on quality -- perfect for gaming, virtual workouts, and binge-watching Cobra Kai. Reviewers love them because they're not as expensive as TVs from other top brands, but have many of the same features. But what brand should you choose? Both TCL and Vizio offer models with 4K resolution and advanced gaming features to use with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. To help you decide, take a look at our TV breakdown. Sure, they don't have 4K or 8K displays.

How to create a great home theater on any budget

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We're all spending a lot more time at home these days, and for many of us, that means a lot more time in front of the TV. Whether for gaming, family movie night, or simply vegging out in front of our favorite streaming service, if you're staring into an antiquated TV or listening to weak and tinny sound, you probably already know what we're going to say: It's time for an upgrade. Movie theaters are not an option for most of us at the moment, so the only way to get some cinematic wow factor in your life is to bring the theater to you. Luckily, you don't have to dip into that college fund to upgrade to features like 4K, HDR, or spine-tingling sound. Our guide will show you how to spend light--or go large--on a new home theater without ever leaving the house.

This Vizio might be the best TV for the money this year

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For the last several years, Vizio's M-Series has been a mainstay of TV value-hunters. The M-Series TVs (much like TCL's 6-Series) tend to give users the latest TV technology at much more affordable prices than the competition. To that end, 2019's M-Series Quantum delivers 4K resolution, an LED backlight with full-array local dimming technology, smart features, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility, and--as you might have guessed from the name--quantum dots. Quantum dots are a newer TV tech that provide a big boost to a TV's color capabilities, and for the last several years they've really only been available in very high-end TVs from brands like Samsung and Sony. With the M-Series Quantum, Vizio is making this technology available to people who might not have $2,000 to spend on a new TV. Are the M-Series Quantum TVs perfect specimens? No--Vizio's learned how to cut just enough corners that, while nothing about them is too egregious, they're not as buttoned-up and posh-looking as their higher-price counterparts. Picture quality is the strongest foot forward here, while the design is nothing to speak of and elements of their software and behavior can be a bit frustrating.

The 50 best things to buy with your tax refund

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Spend your tax refund on something you actually want. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Doing your taxes might suck, but getting your tax refund back feels fantastic. It's as if you're getting free money added to your bank account (even thought it's really just money you earned that the government took too much of). Now, you just need to decide on what to spend it on. I mean, a tax refund is the perfect excuse to treat yourself. Instead of blowing your newfound money on some trendy piece of clothing or cool-looking gizmo, you might want to invest a high-quality product that will last you years to come. Here at Reviewed, it's our job to test and rate hundreds of products throughout the year, and we take it very seriously, so we know a thing or two about what's actually worth buying.