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The best budget 4K TV of last year is now just £340

Our favourite budget 4K TV of 2018 is now just £340
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"This Ambilight TV has a picture to brighten up your day", as we concluded of the Philips 50PUS6703 – and now, in its final weeks of shelf life, it has a price to make it positively radiating.

While this Award-winning 50in 4K HDR arrived at a very reasonable £600, it can now be picked up for just £340 at Appliances Direct (opens in new tab) or Laptops Direct (opens in new tab). You have to settle for it in refurbished condition – brand-new, unopened models are scarce and pricey anyway – but according to the websites' spiels the only defects are "moderate cosmetic imperfections such as marks or scratches on the bezel and minor marks or scratches on the screen that do not affect performance". You get a one-year warranty, too.

This deal really does beg the question for TV shoppers: why wait until Black Friday to roll around?

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Philips 50PUS6703 50in 4K HDR TV £339.97 at Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
A punchy, insightful, and nuanced picture for the money. Whatever you’re watching, the 50PUS6703 will do it proud. In 'Grade 3' condition, it's been inspected, refurbished and tested by the retailer's experienced engineers and includes a 1 year warranty.


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Philips 50PUS6703 50in 4K HDR TV £339.97 at Appliances Direct
(opens in new tab)A punchy, insightful, and nuanced picture for the money. Whatever you’re watching, the 50PUS6703 will do it proud. In 'Grade 3' condition, it's been inspected, refurbished and tested by the retailer's experienced engineers and includes a 1 year warranty.


The promise is still, to quote our five-star review further, "a punchy, insightful, and nuanced picture" that has a "popping, dynamic image" and "great handling of detail". That's boosted by a) the expected streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Demand5; and b) optional three-sided Ambilight, which projects the colour palette of whatever’s on screen to the surrounding walls via little LEDs.

You may be a seasoned Black Friday buyer, in which case you may have pegged the end of November as the best time to buy a TV. Generally you'd be right, but it's unlikely this TV will drop further or in brand-new form still be around by then. Indeed there'll be plenty of other budget 4K TVs on sale – we just don't know whether the best of them will be as good or well celebrated as this Philips.

If you don't mind its refurbished status, you can't go wrong here.

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Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.