Senior Friendly Features
Senior Friendly Features
If you are buying an HDTV as a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus for a boomer or senior, we’ve found several that have a great, crisp, easy-to-see picture and great sound. We’ve hand-selected our choices from top picks from great sites like Engadget and CNET, finding the ones with the most senior-friendly features, be it easy-to-see, easy-to-hear, easy-to-use or easy-to-understand. If you’re not sure of the criteria to look for, start with our Senior’s Guide to Plasma, LCD and LED HDTVs.
No matter who you are buying for, a big consideration is size. Usually there’s an optimal size for a given room. The massive 80-inch Sharp AQUOS won’t usually be ideal for a kitchen, nor will a 32-inch set work well in a cavernous great room. The former of those two won’t work that well as a computer monitor, where the latter will. Most of the sets do have connections to make them work as a computer monitor, if you so desire, or can be connected easily to almost any modern DVD, Blu-ray player, gaming system or home theater.
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite HDTVs that would make great gifts this holiday season.
If you are looking for a big screen, attractive but minimalist bezel, great picture quality in both 2D and 3D and good sound, this Samsung 59-inch 3D plasma has you covered. Who wouldn’t want this as a gift? But it’s not a cheap one, at around $1750.
For more information or to purchase a Samsung PN59D7000 59-Inch 1080p 600 Hz 3D Plasma HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
Sony’s 55-Inch Bravia XBR-series HDTV has local dimming sites on the LED panel to maximize picture quality and dynamic range while eliminating motion- and 3D artifacts. What that means is clear motion, easy-to-watch for hours on end if you’d like. It also has a lot of great web-connected streaming and other features, including Skype calls.
It even features face recognition software so it automatically turns itself off when no one is watching it. Around $2300.
For more information or to purchase a Sony BRAVIA XBR55HX929 55-Inch 1080p 3D Local-Dimming LED HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
If you are buying a gift for someone and want to make sure they have bragging rights over the neighborhood, or just need a truly big TV that may just be the easiest to see out there, Sharp’s AQUOS LC-80LE632U 80-inch LED-LCD HDTV is certainly that. It has double the screen area of a 55-inch TV, and the technology built in is some of the finest on the market today. About $4300.
For more information or to purchase a Sharp AQUOS LC-80LE632U 80-inch LED-LCD 120 Hz 1080p HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
Panasonic throws its hat into the ring with their 65-inch Viera 3D plasma set. It uses fast-switching phosphors and 1200 pixel-per-second capability, plus “Infinite Black”. In English? A 3D TV that is really crisp and can handle sports, movies, games and more with smooth motion. $3200.
For more information or to purchase a Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV. Visit Amazon.com.
Sony’s less expensive KDL-series 55-inch Bravia HDTV makes our list because it is crisp, clear, and has technology even as a non-plasma to have super clean motion on sports, movies and more, even in 3D. The built-in Wi-Fi makes available streaming services like Netflix and Pandora, plus weather reports and more. $1600.
For more information or to purchase a Sony BRAVIA KDL55NX720 55-inch HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
LG offers its own 55-inch 3D HDTV, in LED-LCD with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It can upconvert 2D to 3D, so you can use your existing DVDs, Blu-ray and even normal broadcast television and watch it in 3D, converted on-the-fly. It also uses polarized 3D glasses, just like most movie theaters, so the glasses are cheap, require no batteries, and are very comfortable. It comes with four pair, enough to get the family started.
For more information or to purchase an LG Infinia 55LW5600 55-Inch Cinema 3D HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
If your budget is smaller, or perhaps the room you’re buying it for is smaller, Samsung’s LN32D403 32-Inch HDTV is well worth a look. Don’t let the 720p fool you, you won’t notice at this size the extra resolution of the 1080p. Samsung makes beautiful sets, this one is no different, from the “Touch of Color” design to the crisp picture. Hookups for flash drives for viewing photos (can you say “giant photo frame”?) and PC connections means you can use it as a monitor for your computer, too.
For more information or to purchase a Samsung LN32D403 32-Inch HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
LG’s entry into the 32-inch market is also a great deal. It has a high contrast ratio, meaning very crisp pictures. It also would be a great computer monitor, with the right connectors for it built-in. Also has a USB port, attach a flash drive and you’re ready to show pictures.
For more information or to purchase a LG 32LV3400 32-inch HDTV, visit Amazon.com.
If you do buy a 3D set for someone, it may come with a pair or two (Except the 55-inch LG). Consider buying extra pairs to go with them. It will vary, based on the TV, and you have to buy a pair designed specifically for that HDTV, but then when the whole family is gathered around for the holidays, nobody is left out.
To search for all brands and types of 3D glasses, visit Amazon.com.
If you’re buying an HDTV for someone who also has other devices to connect to it, like a Blu-ray player or home theater receiver, they’re going to be stuck with multiple remotes. Unclutter the living room with the Harmony One universal remote. It has a color touch screen on the top so it’s very easy to understand. It’s a favorite of at least one of the staff at ElderGadget. A rechargeable base keeps it ready to go and makes it easy to find, as it always has a home. It can control a great many devices with ease. And now it’s only $139.
For more information or to purchase a Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote with Color Touchscreen, visit Amazon.com.
Happy Holidays from us here at ElderGadget!