Historically speaking 4K TVs have cost well north of $10,000.  In fact, most have fetched a price that hovers around $25,000, Sony and LG included. Then news arrived last week that Sony had plans to sell a 55-inch and 65-inch 4K set for $5,000 and $7,000.  Far from bottom of the barrel pricing, but a significant price cut from the first batch of Ultra HD sets that first emerged last year.

So I’m rather shocked to see this 4K set from Seiki that costs just $1,500.  Make no mistake, there isn’t a zero missing from the number.  The Seiki SE50UY04 measures just 50-inches from corner to corner, so how justified, or perceivable the picture quality will appear will be some what based on your keen eye and your distance to the screen.  But seeing as some 1080p 50-inch sets cost just slightly less, it might be worth the gamble, especially if you’re looking for a TV that is a bit more future proof.

Of course with that wallet respectable price tag there doesn’t seem to be a smart TV option, and it’s not exactly svelte as some other TVs, as it measures just over 2-inches thick.  Other specs include a 6.5ms response time, 3 HDMI inputs, a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a 120hz refresh rate.

Expect a 65-inch version to come sometime later this year, though if you want you can buy the 55-inch set starting today from Tiger Direct.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."