The Best 26 to 29-inch LED/LCD TVs To Buy in 2018

Great TVs for Modest-sized Spaces

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 720p and 1080p LED/LCD TVs in the 40-Inch and Larger, 32 to 39-inch, and 24-Inch and Smaller screen sizes.

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Best Smart TV Features: TCL 28S305 28-inch Roku TV

The TCL 28S305 incorporates quite a bit behind its small 28-inch screen. First off, this set features 720p native screen resolution supported by Direct LED Backlighting for improved contrast and energy efficiency, as well as 60Hz refresh rate.

The TCL 28S305 also provides all the basic connections you need, including 3 HDMI inputs, a shared composite/component video input, and even a headphone connection.

In addition, a USB input is provided for access to digital still photos and videos stored on USB flash drives.

However, the big bonus included in the 28S305 is the inclusion of the Roku operating system which enables you to watch content from Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube, and more without having to plug in a separate media streaming box (the TV has built-in Wifi).

In addition, the Roku interface makes navigating all your TV's features quick and easy - in fact, if you download the Roku Mobile App onto your smartphone, you can operate the TV directly from that phone.

Of course, when you don't want to watch streaming content, the TCL 28S305 has a standard antenna/cable connection for reception of over-the-air broadcast signals.

If you are looking for a small TV that really packs it - check out the TCL 28S305.

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Best Non-Smart TV: LG 28LJ4540 28-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 OLED Televisions. The LG 28LJ4540 is a compact 28-inch (actually 27.5 inches) LCD TV that delivers great images with its Direct LED backlight, 1366x768(approx 720p) native display resolution (which is fine for this small screen size) and LG's Triple XD engine video processing which provides excellent color and contrast.

In terms of connectivity, the LG 28LJ4540 is a little lean with just one HDMI input and one ant/cable input for the ATSC and QAM tuners for reception of over-the-air and unscrambled HD cable signal sources. No other video inputs or are provided, no audio outputs are provided for connection to an external audio system, and there is no built-in Wifi or ethernet for access to internet streaming content.

However, if you are looking for a smaller screen size TV that provides the basics, check out the LG 28LJ4540.

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Runner Up Smart TV: Samsung UN28H4500

Although the H4500 was introduced in 2014, as of 2017, Samsung has not announced a replacement.

The Samsung UN28H4500 is a 28-inch TV that includes features normally reserved for larger screen sets. In terms of the basics, the UN28H4500 incorporates LED lighting, 1366x768 native pixel resolution, wide contrast ratio, and 60Hz screen refresh rate supported by additional motion processing (Clear Motion Rate 120).

For connectivity, this set provides 2 HDMI inputs, an ATSC tuner so you can enjoy true high definition from a variety of sources, as well as an onboard USB port that enables access to music, still photo, and video files stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices.

However, one added bonus is the inclusion network and internet connectivity via built-in Ethernet and Wifi connection options. This gives the UN28H4500 access to a full web browser, as well as a host of internet streaming content (such as Netflix), and even content stored on compatible network-connected devices, such as PCs.

If you are looking for a compact TV that has great picture quality and flexibility, then check out the Samsung UN28H4500.

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Solid Basics: Samsung UN28H4000 28-inch LED/LCD TV

Although the H4000 was introduced in 2014, as of 2017, Samsung has not announced a replacement.

The Samsung UN28H4000 is compact LED/LED TV that features a 28-inch 16x9 screen, 1366x768 native pixel resolution, wide contrast ratio (the range of black to white), and Samsung's Clear Motion Rate 120 (60Hz refresh rate with additional processing) that delivers detailed, colorful, and smooth motion images.

In addition, with 2 HDMI inputs, ATSC tuner, and USB port, you can enjoy true high definition from a variety of sources. However, it must be pointed out that the component and composite video inputs are shared - which means you cannot connect both a composite and component video source into the TV at the same time.

On the other hand, the LED edge-lighting makes the UN28H4000 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 UN28H4000.

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Runner Up, Solid Basics - Proscan PLED2845A

If you are looking for a small screen TV and you don't need any frills, then the Proscan PLED2845A, might be a good choice.

The PLED2845A is a LED/LED TV that features a 28-inch screen with direct backlight (no local dimming), 720p display resolution, and 60Hz refresh rate.

The PLED2845A offers a lot of physical connectivity, which includes 3 HDMI inputs, one shared set of shared composite/component inputs (shared with a set of analog stereo audio inputs), and a PC monitor input.

Audio outputs include digital coaxial audio and headphone. The headphone output can be for private listening, or you can use a 3.5mm mini-jack to RCA Y-adapter to connect the TV to an external audio system if your system does not have a digital coaxial audio input.

You can also receive TV programs over the air via the RF input and built-in TV tuner, and even though the TV doesn't have built-in Smart TV internet streaming features, you can connect a Roku Box or similar media streamer into one of the HDMI inputs.

For control convenience, buttons are provided on the bottom front bezel and a wireless remote is also included. A full-color on-screen menu system is provided to facilitate easy setup and use.

The Proscan PLED2845A might be a good choice for the bedroom, office, or even a dorm.


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