Blog: TV buying guide

A few pointers when buying a new television

Modern TVs have a huge range of features, and it’s difficult to know what’s important and what isn’t. The TV is possibly the most important pieces of technology in your home; it’s something that not only distracts and entertains, but offers you the opportunity to bond with your family and loved ones.

So buying a TV isn’t as easy as buying a new T-shirt. You could spend thousands of hours watching your TV, and you want to choose the right one for you. Yet with so many options to choose from, it can be may seem like a daunting task.

There is no such thing as the right TV for everyone, but there is the right one for YOU. So, without any further ado, let us dive right into the world of televisions, and see what they have to offer.

Screen size

This is by far the most important feature that you have to choose when it comes to buying A TV. The TV size, measured diagonally, is clearly stated for every model -- but it’s tricky to know what this means in the real world.

When it comes to the size of your TV, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many people are going to watch television at once?
  • What size suits the space you have available?
  • How much do you want to spend?

The choice of screen size also depends on how close you will be sitting in front of the TV. If you are planning on sitting close to the TV, you can opt for relatively smaller screen size. But if you are sitting far away, choose something bigger.

If you are planning on sitting quite close to the TV, you should consider a 4K TV instead of a 1080p model. 4K TV offers a better pixel density, which will be more noticeable the closer you are to the screen.

The final thing to remember is, a 65-inch tv is more than twice the size of a 45-inch TV, as they’re measured diagonally. Bear this in mind when you’re sizing up your purchase.

OLED vs LED

Whether or not you should choose an OLED or LED screen is a matter of much debate!

Fundamentally, OLED offers the best picture technology and viewing experience. But on the flipside, it’s significantly more expensive.

To make things clearer, let us go through some of the differences between LED and OLED screens.

Price

The price of an LED screen is far less than the price of the same sized OLED screen. Having said that, OLED screen price is decreasing all the time, and will eventually be comparable to LED screens.

Brightness

When it comes to brightness, either OLED or LED will perform well. However, OLED screens work best in darker and dimmer rooms. LED screens will work well in even well-lit areas.

Black level

OLED screens overthe best black level – and with good black levels, comes good contrast. Good contrast allows colours to really “pop”, and provides the best overall picture.

Viewing angle

It doesn’t matter which angle you are watching from when it comes to an OLED screen. Regardless of the viewing angle, the picture quality will be exceptional.

Today’s high-end LED screens can offer a similarly effective viewing angle, but cheaper models can sometimes offer a degraded viewing experience unless you are sitting directly in front of the screen.

Hold off on 8k

If you are looking to buy a new TV, you may be considering a brand new “8K” model. But are they worth the investment?

The simple answer will be no.

8k TV offers a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, which is extremely impressive. However, any good TV buying guide will tell you not to make that investment. TV manufacturers are pushing these models, but it’ll be a while before there are any movies available to purchase that make the most of this resolution.

When it comes to streaming, streaming 4K movies already puts a strain on most people’s internet. 8K will use even more bandwidth! So, until more 8K content is available – and until domestic internet spees increase – you’re better of settling for a 4K screen.

Unless you have a huge amount of money to spend, and want the very best on the market, 4K will be your best option. You could perhaps put the money saved towards a high-end home theatre sound system.

Addition features to consider

There are some other features that you might consider before opting for the best TV for you.

Smart TV

Almost 75 percent of TVs sold today are “smart TVs”. With the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and so on, choosing a Smart TV will always be a good idea.

For very little extra investment, you’ll gain the ability to browse the interent, access streaming services, watch YouTube, and possibly even control your TV using your voice.

Soundbar

If you have a bit of of extra money to spend, you should buy a soundbar with your TV. Poor sound quality is one of the most common problems with even high-end models.

A soundbar is a very popular choice for TV audio; they offer excellent sound quality, at far less cost than a surround sound system.

The Bottom Line

Buying a TV is a personal choice. Not everyone needs the same features, not everyone watches TV in the same environment, and not everyone has the same budget. However, this brief run-down of options will hopefully help you choose the best TV for your money.

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