2020 TV Model

Looking to buy a new tv and noticed what seems like a pretty good deal but noticed it was a 2020 model, theres also a 2021 model for a bit more. I don't want or need the latest tech or the best image quality just a pretty good picture will be enough for me. I'm just curious if older models have a limited life expectancy or because they're 'new' as in out the box they'll still last for the same amount of years that they should? thanks in advance

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  • Neil_Jones
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    The 2020/21 models will probably be surplus stock end of life.
    If you buy it brand new you'll have warranty anyway.

    Like everything else in this life if you look after it no reason why it shouldn't last some time  Doesn't matter what model you drop down the stairs, it'll still break.
  • RumRat
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    There will probably be little difference in the two models. That said, if you could post the make and model numbers the help offered could be more specific.
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  • Thanks for the replies the two models are Bush DLED50UHDSFIRE (£109) and Bush DLED55UHDSFIRE (£149) this seems incredibly cheap, as i say i'm not after the latest tech just a decent tv that'll last a few good years.
  • Well one big difference is one appears to be a 50" screen and the other 55"
  • Neil_Jones
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    Well it could be argued the picture quality on those will be the same, as those are Argos models and there is one key panel maker for that brand...

    However in terms of value for money £149 for 55" is very cheap, considering I paid £350 for a 49" a few years ago (but it wasn't a Bush, though the panel maker was the same).  It may not be the best brand, but if money is the bottom line, then you could do worse.  Depends whether you can fit a 55" where you want it, as there comes a point where the TV can be too big for the room it's in...

    Remember of course if the built-in apps (Prime/Netflix etc) do stop working (which they will somewhere down the line), you don't need to chuck the telly away, a Firestick or a Roku will be replace the functionality and add a lot more to boot.
  • PHK
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    Those are fire TVs so are essentially subsidised by Amazon. (Like having an inbuilt firestick)

  • DullGreyGuy
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    edited 22 September 2023 at 10:51AM
    If it's brand new then it's just sat in a box for a few years. A screen, particularly LCD/LED illuminated, isnt going to degrade because its sat in a box but there naturally is more chance of it having been bashed/dropped etc because its been in a stock room so long. 

    There haven't been vast leaps forward in technology in the last few years, LCDs have got better at doing blacks, OLED have gotten brighter but these are just incremental steps year on year. 

    Your main issue will be about the "smart" functionality as TV companies abandon old OS' much quicker than mobile makers etc and so you may find third party apps dont work anymore but that is easily fixed with a FireStick of ChromeCast thing (I used AppleTV from day one of a band new/this year TV as it was more liable even before the TV got old)
  • RumRat
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    The newer 2021 50" might sound better having a DTS sound system, but apart from that they are pretty much the same. Of course if you are going to use a soundbar or external speakers (which you should do) then go for the bigger size.
    Price wise they are both cheap, so don't expect miracles in the picture department.
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