TVs have come a long way since the massive, bulky, cathode ray tubes of the 80s. Today’s ultra-thin sets, such as the Samsung Frame and LG Gallery TV, look amazing hanging on the wall even when they are not turned on. And when you do turn them on, the picture quality of the best sets can be mind-blowing.
The trouble is, with so much technology and so many technical details, it can be hard to know which TV is the right TV for you. Should you choose LED or OLED? HD or 4K? 42”, 55” or 65”? Is smart technology as smart as it sounds? With so much choice on offer and such a huge price range, it can be really confusing. So, let’s break down the basics to narrow down your choice.
Choosing the size of your smart TV
Buying a set that’s too small is the most common complaint from TV buyers. Upgrading from a small set to a medium set may seem impressive to start with, but once you get used to it, you’ll realize you could’ve gone bigger – and bigger means better.
Much better. A 65” TV gives you twice the picture size of a 42” TV, giving you that immersive, home cinema experience. If you are nervous about getting such a large set, try mocking it up with a sheet of cardboard and live with it for a couple of days. You’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to it.
Choosing the best type of technology
When it comes to technology, it is a straight fight between LED LCD and OLED. OLED TVs are more expensive and will deliver a superior picture quality overall, but a good LED TV will still deliver a great picture and leave you with the change for upgrades like a soundbar. Both are fine and it is much more important to choose the right resolution.
Choosing the resolution that will fit your needs
These days, most TVs offer 4K, sometimes known as Ultra HD. This has four times as many pixels as the previous HD standard, offering 8million pixels compared to the previous 2million, and the difference is striking.
For an even better picture, look out for 4K HDR (high dynamic range). These sets expand the color and contrast to push your picture to the best it can be. There are 8K sets starting to appear on the market, but with little 8K content available, you can probably save this for your next upgrade.
Choosing a smart TV with the right function
Choose a smart TV and you can get rid of many of your devices, such as set-top boxes or plug-in dongles, leaving your sleek new TV looking clean and uncluttered. Smart TVs functions enable the user to link to the internet, so you can screen things like live sports from Unibet TV on the big screen instead of your tiny cell phone screen as well as YouTube videos. Also to watch movies and series online from the likes of Netflix.
Choosing the sound
Where most modern TVs fall down is on their sound. Speaker quality has been sacrificed to make the screens thinner and most manufacturers assume you will put that right yourself with a soundbar or home cinema set up.
As a rule, it is better value to buy a TV with great pictures and invest in a separate sound system, than it is to try and find a TV that has great sound. Just remember to check that your new TV has all the ports you need to connect your new speakers, as well as your games machine, dongles, blu-ray player, and everything else you want to plugin.
See for yourself and check the prices
You can learn all you want from articles like this, but at the end of the day, there is no substitute for visiting a store and seeing your new TV in action.
While online shopping may be quicker and more convenient, it’s still well worth taking the time to see for yourself, especially when you are spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
You’ll see the difference all the tech-specs actually make to your final viewing experience, and you’ll also get experts on hand to talk you through what you’re getting for your money.