HANDY TIPS ON HOW NOT TO LOOK LIKE A FOOL WHEN BUYING AN LED TVby Rajshree Faria August 20, 2016
With the times, the way we use our technology has also changed. Our “idiot box” is now turning “smart”, getting sleeker, and offering features that were unthinkable even a couple of decades ago. The way we see and hear our TV has changed… and with that, we have the added responsibility of finding out which TV best suits our needs. Unlike the 90s, today you can’t simply walk into a store and say, “Hello, I would like to buy a TV, this is my budget”.
A simple statement like this would elicit a monologue by the salesperson listing the many options available which you may not be able to comprehend unless you do your own research first. Here are a few aspects of the very popular LED TV that you need to consider before you invest in one:
OLED, CURVE, 3D…OR LED?
With a lot of TV screen types out there, it might get confusing for a buyer. Without getting into the technology behind these TVs, simply put, an OLED screen has better viewing angles but is more expensive. When it comes to choosing between LED and OLED, just check out the picture quality yourself, do a test run.
Coming to 3D Led TVs, you may want to wait until the technology has been more thoroughly researched for daily viewing as not all programs can be viewed in 3D. As for the latest in TV technology- Curved Led TVs– they appear to be no better than maybe a 4k TV, set on a huge screen. All in all, an LED TV is your best bet, unless you are ready to chip in some more for an OLED display.
BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST
Gone are the days when you had to squint your eyes from across the room to figure out of it was Madhuri Dixit or Sridevi on the screen. Today, we have a range of LED TV screen sizes, with screens as big as 65”! Before you buy a new television, understand if you need a gigantic screen or a lesser 32” screen. If you swear by your love for F.C Barcelona and love to see just how efficiently Messi scores his goals, then you may want to opt for a bigger screen.
If watching news at the end of the day is the only time you switch on the TV, a smaller screen is good enough too. There is a corollary with the size- sleek, sleeker, and sleekest. Just how thin the TV will be is an aesthetic consideration you may want to take into account.
CLEAR, CLEARER, CLEAREST- DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS
You are ready with a bowl of popcorn and cola in front of you, your gang of friends is ready to start hooting when the film starts and them BAM! You realise that the actor and actress look quite…pixelated. This is where one of the biggest selling points of any TV set comes in- display resolution.
Most LED screens come in HDTV/ HD Ready (720p) or Full HD resolution (1080p) which is more than enough for most TV users. However, if you too are one of those people who regularly have movie nights with your friends, or want to watch films like ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Jurassic World’ in all its glory, then you may want to opt for the up and coming, 4k resolution. With a stunning resolution of 2160p, this 4K Led TV, also known as Ultra High Definition (UHD), means that you will forever be left hosting gaming, movie, and sports night! There is one thing to note: picture clarity does not necessarily imply having the highest resolution. In case you have a 32” LED TV screen, you may get a similarly striking image quality with a Full HD resolution. Opt for a 4k TV if you want something like a 40” screen.
SMART, SMARTER, SMARTEST
As we mentioned earlier, we have smarter TVs now. The salient difference between a regular television and a smart TV is that you can connect your TV to the internet. You can watch movies on Netflix or YouTube, browse the web, all with the click of the remote. Check the inbuilt services to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Additionally, ensure that the TV includes at least 4 HDMI ports for increased connectivity and data transfer options. Invest in a smart TV as it is definitely, the future of TV viewing.
INEXPENSIVE, EXPENSIVE, AND MORE EXPENSIVE
Hmm, this can be quite a tricky one. Sometimes, the better the product, higher the price tag. Fortunately, when it comes to TV sets, you can get a smart, higher resolution, big screen TV set at competitive price by simply comparing the latest Led TV models on the CompareRaja site. A TV is quite a long-term investment so it makes sense even if you need to spend a little more.
Other aspects like the refresh rate, aspect ratio, contrast ratio, colour depth, & power consumption are no longer a consideration as most TV makers now include the best of these in their products.
This is it, the bare minimum but most important factors you need to take into account when you go to buy a better TV experience. Also visit CompareRaja, before you buy.
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