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.
My Tip 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 Other resolutions will quickly go out of date and not cope with future changes.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 until 8K movies come in.
Expect to pay around 400 pounds 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. As it will likely be of lower quality.
Tip 2 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.
For better viewing I recommend OLED. This is because OLED TVs look much better than a typical LED LCD. However they are considerably more expensive. More affordable options are quantum dot displays from Samsung, TCL and other companies. These have great viewing experience as well, and are a cheaper option.
Look for at least three or four HDMI ports; and opt for the newer HDMI 2.1 format if you can. You need these to be able to connect to your internet, maybe add a dvd player and even a recorder plus other gadgets as well.
Even though most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps. Be careful yes you get access to certain applications but the operating systems are diffeerent between models. Some use Tizen, others android.
Of Course Android is the most common, but all manufactures use their own version with tweaks. Android TV will also have Chromecast built in. It makes streaming or casting content from your Android phone or tablet a breeze.
You can also cast directly to your TV from your computer as long as you have Chrome installed. Just go to Menu then to Cast to begin.
You also be able to use Google Assistant. That means you can use your voice—via your TV—to control all your smart home devices such as lights, speakers, thermostats, electrical sockets, and more.
TizenOS is a Linux-based operating system that has been developed by The Linux Foundation. You will only find TizenOS on Samsung devices.
Visually, the operating system is fine. It faces accusations of being too simplified. Whereas WebOS strikes a perfect balance, tech-savvy users will find the fun settings hidden being endless buttons and submenus. Also U.K. users will also bemoan the lack of Freeview Play. However as with Samsung devices the quality, sound and picture quality are amazing. If you want a great plug and go system and do not want to fiddle with settings, and are not fussed about freeview then this is a great system.
Personally I have a Samsung and it is superb. Does all I want it to
WebOS is LG’s smart TV operating system. The operating system revolves around the launch bar at the bottom of the screen. On the bar, you will find all your apps and settings. You can customize the order of the bar so the apps you use most frequently show up first. WebOS is Bluetooth compatible, meaning it’s easy to hook up keyboards, mice, and other useful peripherals.
Other noteworthy features include live apps (so you can pause content in one app, start using another app, then return to the first app and pick up where you left off later in the day), 360-degree video playback, and an OLED image gallery.
If you’re looking for crisp and clean, WebOS is the clear winner.
you’ll find all the most popular apps from all the providers (unlike Amazon Fire TV, which does not have a YouTube app).
Other features include a universal search function, a customized feed of upcoming shows you’ll be interested in, and a private listening mode.
Many manufacturers offer Roku TV televisions, including TCL, Element, Insignia, Philips, Sharp, RCA, Hitachi, and Hisense.
Of course, like all Roku products, you can also install private channels. They provide access to TV content which isn’t available in the main store.
Fire TV Edition
This is the smart TV operating system version of the popular Amazon Fire TV devices. Fire TV Edition also gives you access to Amazon Alexa. This can control your smart home, update you on the news and weather, and engage with other apps. You are limited to apps that are available in the Amazon Appstore. Even though it is based on Android, you cannot access the Google Play Store. However most mainstream apps are available.
So what is the best?
Each of the operating systems has benefits over the others in in a different areas. Amazon Fire falls flat due to the lack of YouTube and the Google Play Store. But this may be avaiable later on after this article was written. Tizen OS has its limits as mentioned above but the quality is very good. WebOS is the leading smart TV operating system thanks to its slick and easy-to-use interface.. If you want the largest selection of apps, choose Roku. And if you want smart assistant capabilities, pick an Android set. So choose carefully what is important to me have just the aps I use is great, I don’t need to have a huge choice. However other people want a wider range and to add their own.
So choosing an operating system is a personal choice. My daughter likes Android with voice control but that is ot important to me. My advice is shop around look at the apps available and how easy they are to get to. Is a simple interface important to you. Look at the picture quality and refresh rate. Also check out the sound.
This is my final tip, get a soundbar. This is important as TV speakers are not very powerful on a lot of tvs because the screens are thinner. So housing larger speakers is not possible. Lots have 8 watt speakers so check out the sound quality. Check it is loud enough and also clear enough. Otherwise as I suggest get a soundbar and have superb cinema sound.
Sound is improving and on some models you can get great sound and cinematic effects. You should check out the sound look for Dolby Atmos Sound if you can get it. Final check viewing angles as you want a clear image if you are sitting to the side of the screen/
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. The Screen size 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. If you measure from your sofa to where the screen will go you can work out using guidance on the internet and in store the optimal size you need. Too small will give a bad viewing experience and too large is also not good. Just follow the rule below.
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. chosse the operating system you want, check the image and sound quality. You should know the optimal size but 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. I would start at 55 inches, unless you’re in a small apartment.
8K, 4K or HD Screen Resolution?
Resolution is simply the number of pixels that make up the picture on a display. It is described in terms of horizontal rows and vertical columns. So the more pixels means the sharper the picture and finer details are clearer. So a 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 lets you view the screen from a shorter distance. This makes larger TVs more comfortable to view in a regular-sized room.
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. This delivers more colors, more contrast levels and increased brightness. HDR is an upgrade of the 4K, or Ultra HD, format
The Faster Refresh Rate 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 some up to 240 Hz). So get the highest you can
HDMI Inputs And Connections Get As Many As You Can
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 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.
Once you have your perfect TV then you may want to add surround sound. Or maybe you prefer not to have a TV and have a home projector system. The choices are amazing and you can find your perfect home cinema or TV set up below