It can be a pretty daunting task to shop for a new set of television. Given that there are so many variables – Specs, technology, features etc. - in a single TV, what should you look out for?
Right, let’s cut the crap and give you a cheat sheet to choose your next TV.
Tiny, encased gas cells to illuminate picture elements, or pixels, to produce an image. Plasmas can produce deeper blacks and more subtle shares of gray, colours tend to be more accurate than those in LCDs. Typically heavier and thicker than LCD TVs. Does not perform as well in a naturally lit room.
Uses light emitting diodes to light up the LCD screens. Has the lion’s share of today’s TV market.
Organic light emitting diode, The backlighting on OLED (organic light emitting diode) sets is achieved by passing an electric current through an emissive, electroluminescent film.
Better colours, higher contrast, allows screens to be extremely thin and flexible. Best TV picture in the market, but price is steep.
Ultra HD or 4K TVs:
Refers to the professional video format, the resolution. Ultra HDTVs are LED LCD models that cram more pixels onto the screen. Small objects on the screen have more detail, and text is easier to read. Overall, images appear richer and more lifelike than on an HDTV, but the benefits can be subtle.
Smart TVs have an Internet connection and apps for online streaming services.
TVs with a slight curvature inwards to provide a more immersive experience.
1. Bigger is better.
If you can only remember one thing about TV, that should be “bigger is better”. How big then? You should get a TV of at least 32 inch for your bedroom and at least 50 inch for your living room. More info on how big a TV you should get: http://www.cnet.com/news/how-big-a-tv-should-i-buy/
2. Picture quality is not determined by the published specs.
The catch is to ignore the spec sheet. TV manufacturers tend to lie about contrast ratio, refresh rate is complex and subjective, extra features like being a smart TV does not help to determine picture quality.
To see how different TV types match up against one another, check out the following:
For a more comprehensive buying guide, you could check out cnet: http://www.cnet.com/topics/tvs/buying-guide/