You need to go through these 5 factors before buying a new TV
A quick look at the specs of most modern TVs and chances are that you will get a list compounded with various specifications. Current manufacturers are in a constant competition to get the best product to the public. But not all of them are winning and that’s why you need to be analytical before you purchase any TV.
Type of Screen
The TV market has four major types of screens namely: LED, OLED, LCD and PDP.
LCD screens are the flat displays that can either block or pass light.
The LEDs are similar to LCDs with the additional feature of backlight
OLED on the other hand are the next big thing considering their uniform rendition of colors and near-perfect pictures
Size of Screen
It is easier to know the size of the screen by looking at the screen diagonal. But do not always be quick to pick the largest screen. Purchase one that your cabinet will comfortably accommodate. If it is a wall-mount, factor in the amount of space that will be occupied.
Most budget models are of 24 to 32 inches. Some other size varieties available are 32 to 49 inches and 50 to 65 inches that are meant for large living rooms.
Rate of refresh
Most manufacturers do give refresh rates more attention but are they as important as they claim? Some provide as with values such as 500+Hz. It seems that each manufacturer is independent when it comes to naming the refresh rates and this may end up confusing you about the performance.
Resolution refers to the pixels per dimension. If the resolution is high, the image will be sharp. The following are the common classification of the screen resolution:
3840*2160 pixels – this is also referred to as the 4K resolution. It is clearly an indicator of the greatness that waits to be explored in screen resolution. The 49” and above screens are the best suited for this level of screen resolution.
1920*1080 pixels – it is the second best after 4K and users prefer it because the content it offers is of good quality. This is also called Full HD.
1366*768 pixels – It is also called the HD or HD Ready models. In general, the budget TVs are known to have this.
As you consider the screen size when it comes to resolution, it is also important to pay attention to the viewing distance. With the 4K model, the distance will be considerably shorter than HD or HD Ready models.
Features and Connectivity
TVs have undergone evolution overtime and are no longer just meant to watch movies using a DVD player. We now have smart TV that comes with a whole set of new possibilities.
Different manufacturers have different types of smart TVs. Some come with WIFI option while others are already made internet ready. Just giving a broad view of the same, a smart TV should include the following: live streaming, interactive media, web features and has an operating system.
While still on features, 3D content is becoming the norm of the day with high end TVs. This is not to say budget TVs do not have this feature. There is the Active 3D that avails you with Full HD resolution but digs deeper into your pocket. Passive 3D on the other hand is moderate and less expensive.
With connectivity, it is vital you have a look at the HDMI option. Be sure to get 3 HDMI inputs. That will allow you to comfortably connect gaming consoles and set-top boxes. If you are a 4K fan, look out for HDCP 2.2.