Finding the right TV can be completely overwhelming. There are so many options on the market today with all types of technologies to understand and choose from. Since the salesperson you speak with is probably going to try to push a certain TV that their manager wants them to sell, it’s important to know what you want before you even walk into a store. Here are our top tips for finding the right TV:
According to Digital Trends, the beauty of modern TVs is that even as they get bigger in size, the picture can remain just as crisp and clear as ever. This means that you have several sizes to choose from, though. The size of the TV is possibly the most important factor to consider when buying one. Too small and you won’t be able to see details from your couch. Too large and your TV can overpower a room. Take out a tape measure and figure out how big of a space you have for your TV. Remember to account for the TV stand, unless you’re going to mount it on the wall.
4K or HDR
When it comes to the difference in resolution between 4K and HDR, you may have a difficult time telling them apart. 4K resolution is also called Ultra High Definition and they have four times the amount of pixels as a regular 1080p TV. The big difference is the price. Manufacturers make a lot of 4K TVs, which lowers their cost. Alternatively, you can opt for an HDR TV, which will still look excellent at any size.
LED or OLED
Most people opt for an LED TV. These TVs have excellent picture quality and are great in all types of lighting, specifically if your room is well-lit. Most LED TVs are thin, which makes them easy to set up in just about any room. OLEDs have highly accurate color, excellent contrast, wide angles and a blur-free picture. If you want the best picture quality out there, opt for an OLED TV.
Refresh rate is often shown as 120Hz or 60Hz. This refers to how many times the screen rebuilds the picture within a certain time frame. For 120Hz, that time frame is 120 seconds. The faster the refresh rate, the smoother the images will appear. With low refresh rates, you may notice a blur effect during action scenes.
There are a lot of extra features that TVs pack in, some of which you may want and others that you won’t even notice. If you don’t have cable and want to stream your favorite TV shows and movies, you may want a Smart TV. If you’re going to get a Smart TV, make sure that your internet is fast enough to stream everything clearly and without pausing.
There are also 3D TVs, but they didn’t seem to pick up a lot of steam, so you may want to save your money and get a regular 2D screen. Familiarize yourself with these extra features beforehand so you don’t get roped into buying a TV you don’t really want. Most TVs today come will all the basic extras. If you or one of your family members is hearing-impaired, many TVs and channels work seamlessly with closed captioning companies to make the viewing experience more accessible and enjoyable for all.
When buying a new TV, don’t get too hung up on all the different specs you’ll see on the label. Most of this information is going to be hard to understand and not necessary to your purchase decision. Know what’s most important to you, research the specs you need to pay attention to and pick a TV based on your personal needs.
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Guest Author Bio: David Glenn is a former real estate professional with a passion for home improvement and DIY. He occasionally freelance writes about home maintenance and DIY home repair for new homeowners and renters.