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Jun 12

What TV is your Dad?

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Is this Dad's current TV? Guess we know what you're getting him for Father's Day. (Photo by Gavin St. Ours. Used under Creative Commons)

Is this Dad's current TV? Guess we know what you're getting him for Father's Day. (Photo by Gavin St. Ours. Used under Creative Commons)

There’s just something inherently “Dad” about a flat screen TV.

Maybe it’s the size. Maybe it’s the monolithic, often comforting presence. Or, maybe it’s just how much time dads seem to spend in front of them. Whatever the reason, a large, flat-screen TV may be the perfect gift for that special guy in your life.

Of course, that could also just be my opinion as a blogger for an online electronics store (we may never know). In any case, here’s why I think these are the 5 picks for the best flat screen TV for Dad.

Samsung PN51E550

Dad the Movie Buff: Samsung PN51E550

If Dad is really into movies, then the Samsung PN51E550 is the way to go. Not only does plasma (at least in my opinion) do a better job at portraying a deep, cinematic color, the fast refresh rates also do a much better job at showing off natural looking action.

Just don’t get him a sweater vest to go along with it. Plasma TVs tend to run a little hotter than their LCD/LED counterparts, so he may not be comfortable enjoying them at the same time. Plus, movies are best enjoyed in the dark, so no one gets to see the vest anyways.

Samsung UN55ES6500

Dad the Online Master: Samsung UN55ES6500

Your Dad is the type of person who’s a wizard online. He’s not the guy who you had to help connect to Facebook, or teach how to “lob onto” that thing you got him. He’s the one who showed you how to set up a DNS server and hosted a LAN party for his last birthday. While I might recommend a tablet over a TV, chances are, he already has one.

Grab him the Samsung UN55ES6500 instead. Samsung’s Smart TV technology and built-in Wi-Fi offer most of the online functionality he craves in an easy to use package. 3 USB ports give him everything he needs to get connected, and it’s also wireless keyboard compatible, so he won’t have to jump through any fancy hoops to get the one he keeps in his living room connected.

Sony KDL40BX450

Sony KDL40BX450

Dad the Simple Kind of Man: Sony 40BX450

Dad takes his time, he doesn’t live too fast, and he expects his TV to do one thing: be a TV. Even if Dad isn’t necessarily longing for the days of console TVs with 5 channels, he’s still looking for something he doesn’t have to mess with.

That’s where the Sony 40BX450 comes into play. Sony’s Bravia system optimizes most of the settings right out of the box, and optimizes its picture based on what he’s watching. It’s not the biggest TV out there, mind you, but that suits him fine.

Sharp LC-70LE640

Sharp LC-70LE640

Dad the TV Fan: Sharp LC70LE640

Let’s face it, Dad isn’t going to be happy until he’s replaced a wall with a TV. He wants his television to be the largest on the block so that he can fit as many people in front of it as he can (even if he’s the only one in front of it).

Until we get that wall replacement, however, the Sharp LC70LE640 is going to have to do. Sporting a great picture, this behemoth of a TV (and believe me, this thing is big) skirts motion problems normally associated with extra large TVs thanks to its 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced refresh rate.

Samsung UN26EH4000

Samsung UN26EH4000

Dad the Guy Who Already Owns a Large Flat Screen TV: Samsung UN26EH4000

There’s a good chance your Dad already has a main flat screen TV. That’s alright, though. A TV pretty much fits in anywhere, right? That’s where the UN26EH4000 comes in. Its small size means that it’s the perfect size for a bedroom, kitchen, home office, or bathroom. Better get four.

What type of Dad is yours? Or is there a completely different category he fits into (or does he just defy categorization entirely)? Let me know in the comments.

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