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This 55-inch TV is probably the cheapest large format display in the world

55-inch Spectre U550CV-U TV - $249.99

55-inch Spectre U550CV-U TV - $249.99 (roughly £200)
Whether you plan to use it as a large format screen or a CCTV monitor, you'll find the Spectre U550CV-U hard to beat. Nothing rivals its whopping 55-inch viewable area at this price and, with four external video connectors, it will cater to most mainstream use cases.

Spectre is a popular US-based company that specializes in display solutions, primarily for the consumer market. Over more than 35 years in the business, it has carved out an enviable niche as a budget player with keen pricing.

The U550CV-U is the most affordable 55-inch TV we've seen to date, available for the modest price of $249.99 (roughly £200), but we think it would be best deployed in a business context.

For example, this ginormous set could make an excellent large format display or business monitor, and could also be used as part of digital signage solution.

The device supports 4K resolution, pushing more than eight million pixels, and can also play content via a USB port, which is essential if you want to loop content on a shop floor.

Four HDMI ports are available should you want to connect the display to a media player, laptop or thin client. There’s also a VESA mount, SPDIF audio output, headphone jack, traditional tuner and composite/component video.

As for the caveats, there's no Wi-Fi (or Ethernet connector), VGA or smart TV capabilities - something you'll have to add after the fact using Miracast or Chromecast

It also lacks advanced features - such as HDR or fast refresh rate - the color reproduction and image quality are likely to be sub-par, and its sound system is distinctly average.

Bear in mind

  • Walmart does not ship outside the US, so international customers will have to use a specialist parcel forwarding service if they want to take advantage of the deal
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.