Not fussed on 3D, web access or apps.
Would appreciate any recommendations/advice please of which is best brand to buy, and/or model? Have a budget of around $2-3k.
Dunnersfella: Samsung / Panasonic / LG = All 2013 TV's from these guys seem to be doing most things well in the smart front. Sure it's no computer replacement, but for what you want to do, you'll be fine.
Judge it by the picture quality first, smarts second...