It can be difficult to find the right television nowadays. With television manufacturers flooding the market with dozens of different models and all manner of tech jargon, it can be difficult to separate the truly great televisions with striking style and undeniable quality from the poor models with plain style and sub-par quality.
This article will provide advice that will help you find your ideal LED TV.
1) – Power consumption
Five years ago, plasma TVs and LCD TVs did battle over the living room. LCD TVs eventually won, mainly due to their energy efficiency.
LED TVs are even more energy efficient than LCD TVs, using approximately half the amount of electricity as an equivalently sized LCD TV.
While LED TVs have slightly higher upfront costs than LCD TVs, they are generally much cheaper to run in the long run.
2) – Screen resolutions
The HD revolution ushered in a new era of picture quality. Unfortunately, it also brought a lot of new and confusing tech jargon with it.
Three HD standards were quickly established: 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. A fourth standard, dubbed ‘4k’, was recently introduced, too.
Generally, 720p and 1080i will suffice for smaller LED television sets (i.e. 32” and below), while 1080p is recommended for larger sets. 4k is advised only for LED units over 65” in size.
3) – Response time
LED screens are made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny little dots called ‘pixels’. These pixels come together to form an image on the screen.
The time taken for these pixels to change colour is called the ‘response time’. LED TVs with low response times have pixels that change colour quicker than LED TVs with high response times.
Generally, TVs with low response times have better picture quality than TVs with high response times, particularly when playing video games and watching fast moving content like sports.
While most television manufacturers have improved LED TV response times greatly over the past few years, there are still some LED TVs available today with high response times. While these TVs are fine for watching slow moving content like dramas, they’re subpar for playing video games and watching sports.
Make sure to purchase an LED TV with low response times to ensure it can handle any and all content with ease.
4)- Smart TVs
A decade ago, TVs could do little other than play movies and television shows. Modern Smart TVs, however, can browse the internet; play content from services like Netflix, Youtube, and Vimeo; connect wirelessly to tablets and smartphones to mirror content; play games, and much more.
Smart TVs from different manufacturers have different capabilities. Some can access dozens of internet services, while others can only access a handful. Some come with web browsers, while others have no internet browsing capabilities. Some can playback movies, music, and TV shows from sd cards and usb sticks, while others cannot.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Smart TV, make sure to compare and contrast the featuresets of different Smart TVs from different manufacturers to find the best one for your needs.
5) – Screen refresh rates
Television signals are made up of hundreds of thousands of still images called ‘frames’. Many LED TVs display these frames at a very quick rate, and our eyes and brains fill in the gaps between frames to make a smooth and lifelike image on the television screen.
The rate at which a television displays frames is called its ‘screen refresh rate’. Most TVs are able to display 50 or 60 frames a second. These TVs are said to have screen refresh rates of 50hz and 60hz, respectively.
Newer, more advanced LED TVs are capable of displaying as many as 240 frames in a second, giving a smoother, more lifelike image.
Try to purchase an LED TV with a high screen refresh rate, if possible. While these televisions may cost a little extra, the improved picture quality is more than worth the cost.
Buying a new LED TV can be a difficult process. The sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming, and the tech jargon can be difficult to decipher.
Make sure to follow the advice in this article when shopping for your next LED TV. It’ll make the process much simpler and easier.