What to look for when choosing a TV
What TV do you get? A Smart TV. LED. OLED. 4K. HDR. it is confusing. There’s a huge variety of high-definition (HD) and 4K Ultra HD TV’s. They range form bargain big screens to the high-end displays that distinguish the best TVs available.
TV Buying Quick Tips
If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television.
Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution if you want a future-proof set. Other resolutions will quickly go out of date and not cope with future changes. Also you need a good clear screen.You can skip 8K TVs they are very, and you can’t even get any 8K movies yet. What is the point for overpaying for a resolution you do not need yet untill 8K movies come in.
Expect to pay about $500 for a solid 50- to 55-inch bargain 4K TV and at least $900 for a 65-inch model. Anything lower I would be wary off. It possibly is inferior quality.
Don’t buy a TV with less than a 120 Hz refresh rate.
Look for an HDR-compatible set, which offers more realistic colors and better contrast.
OLED TVs look much better than a typical LED LCD, but they are considerably more expensive. More affordable options are quantum dot displays from Samsung, Vizio and TCL.
Look for at least four HDMI ports; and opt for the newer HDMI 2.1 format if you can.
Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a big deal.
Buy a soundbar. This is important as TV speakers are worse now because the screens are thinner.
The biggest factor in your decision will probably be screen size.
Consider how many people in your family typically watch at once and where you’re going to put your new set. Then pick the largest screen size that will fit comfortably into that space and your budget.
Screen size also depends on how close you sit to the TV. Put Simply, if you can see the individual pixels of the screen, you’re too close.
A good rule is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is three times more than the height of the screen for HD TV’s and just 1.5 times the screen height for 4K Ultra HD.
If you have the opportunity, go to a store and look at the TVs. Even though 4K content is still rare, you may want that higher-resolution technology if you plan to sit close to a very large screen. At home look at where the TV will be placed. Measure the distance to where you will be sitting. Remember you can sit closer to a higher definition TV like a 4K Ultra. If your seating is closer than the recommended 3 times more for a HD TV then go for higher definition.
Choose a screen size and resolution appropriate for the distance you will sit from the screen. We’d start at 55 inches, unless you’re in a small apartment or dorm.
Screen Resolution: 8K, 4K or HD?
Resolution describes the number of pixels that make up the picture on a display, described in terms of horizontal rows and vertical columns. More pixels translate into sharper picture and finer details, so higher resolution is better.
The biggest benefit of 4K TVs is that small objects on the screen have more detail, including sharper text. Overall, images appear richer and more life-like than on an HDTV. The sharper picture also has the added benefit of letting you comfortably view the screen from a shorter distance, making larger TVs more comfortable to view in a regular-sized room.
Ultra HD video looks great, and it’s getting easier to find. Several streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Video and even YouTube have started offering 4K content, making smart TVs and streaming sticks your best bet for easily finding 4K movies and shows.
Ultra HD resolution, also called 4K, is becoming the standard, and it’s a better choice if you want to future-proof your investment.
Get HDR If You Want the Most Colors
HDR is a new feature of 4K Ultra HD sets and it stands for high dynamic range, it delivers more colors, more contrast levels and increased brightness. HDR is an upgrade of the 4K, or Ultra HD, format
The Refresh Rate: The Faster the Better
The refresh rate, expressed in Hertz (Hz) describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on the screen. The standard refresh rate is 60 times per second, or 60 Hz. However, in scenes with rapidly moving objects, a 60 Hz refresh rate can make things look blurry or jittery, particularly on LCD HDTVs. So, to create a more solid picture, manufacturers doubled the refresh rate to 120 Hz (and in some cases up to 240 Hz).
Go for More HDMI Inputs And Connections:
Pay attention to the number of HDMI inputs a set has. Manufacturers looking to cut costs may offer fewer HDMI plugs on the back. These ports can get used up quickly: Add a sound bar, a Roku or Chromecast and a game console, and you’ve used three ports already. Make sure you have enough to connect all your devices and extra for future additions.