Are Element TVs good? Why are they so cheap? Do they have great picture, sound and nice features like bigger brand TVs? Are they even worth buying? How long do they last? These and many more are the questions I am going to answer in this guide.
One thing you get with major TV brands is very good or excellent picture quality. With lesser-known brands, that’s not always the case although the low prices may be appealing. With the industry getting more competitive, a good picture quality is one of the “minimum” things you can ask for in a TV set.
Element TVs, owned by a private company (Element Electronics) were first developed in China in 2007 and sold in the US. In 2014, the TV brand opened a plant factory in Winnsboro, South Carolina making them the only major television company assembling TVs in the United States.
Since then, they have made and sold many HD and 4K LED series smart TVs, all now using the Roku OS. That said, are Element TVs any good?
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Are Element TVs Good?
Element TVs have a LCD panel, support basic HDR and have decent refresh rate. The LED TVs have a good picture quality, although not as great as those from OLED and QLED TV sets from bigger brands. Also, the sound quality is OK at best.
When it comes to design, Elements TVs have a basic design at best, with plastic construction. The bezel around the display has a glossy black finish.
If you are need to get a TV under budget to use for just a few years and don’t care much about getting very high picture quality and sound, then you can get Element TVs.
However, if I’m being honest, TCL and Vizio are better options if you are looking for budget TVs. You get better performance, picture, sound and features without paying anything significantly higher than you will pay for Element TVs. While TCL TVs also run the Roku OS, Vizio TVs have their own SmartCast OS.
One of the best sub-$500 smart TV you can get is the 49-inch TCL 49S405 Roku TV (4K Ultra HD).
For even more budget friendly TVs, you can also consider Insignia or Toshiba. Although, these don’t compare to the first two, they have sets than perform better than Element TVs in very close price range.
How Long Do Element TVs Last?
Element TVs can last between 4 to 10 years, or about 40,000 – 100,000 hours of playtime depending on the usage and maintenance.
But, that’s just on paper right?
In reality, Element TVs aren’t the most durable TVs out there, with a number of verified users online complaining about their sets breaking down after a few months or a little over a year. Of course, these are also a minor percentage of users that have actually purchased the set.
That same way, some users have also reported than they’ve been using their Element TVs for over 4 years and is still running. So, even though there are more negative reviews as regards the durability of these TVs, it’s quite normal that users drop negative feedbacks more often than positive ones.
Irrespective, if you decide to buy an Element TV and you’re concerned about your television breaking too soon, then you should consider getting an extended warranty since Element Electronics only provide a 1-year warranty.
Why Are Element TVs So Cheap?
You can account the cheap prices of Element TVs to a number of things.
First, they use LED panels in the screen which are cheaper to make compared to OLED and QLED panels used by bigger brands like LG and Samsung. Other than this, other materials that are also used are also of lower quality.
In addition, they are also a relatively new brand, and compared to the other big names, they don’t have an established and widely-known brand name to sell yet.
Element TVs are not one of the best quality TVs out there. However, they are very budget-friendly and good enough if you don’t care too much about getting excellent picture quality or audio.
Currently, they have a series of TVs to choose from such as the Patio series, 100 series, 200 series, 300 series, 400/450 series and Q650 series.
Are you looking to get an Element smart TV? Have you had an experience in the past with these LED smart TVs? What do you think about this TV brand? Feel free to share your opinions and feedbacks in the comment section below.