Television has been well over 100 years and it has been constantly evolving, from mechanical television to electronic television to many other types, but here we are more interested with modern television. Today we will concentrate on the TVs that you should and shouldn’t buy and what do you need to look at when you are looking for your own TV and just looking in general to what is the best TV to buy.
4K Is The New Norm
The very first thing you should be looking at is the screen resolution, the most known types these days are 720p or HD, 1080p or Full HD and 4K, also known as Ultra HD, it has 4 times as many pixels as Full HD does. At first, it may seem that it would save more money and be satisfied with the product if you would go with the Full HD, but that’s not the case, modern technology has evolved so much that it’s much easier to produce the Ultra HD screens so the prices for them have been steadily dropping.
While this should be the first thing you need to look at, it’s definitely not the only one and you need to choose carefully to what kind of TV is more suiting for you.
The Different Panel Technologies
As you have already chosen your screen resolution the next thing you should look is at the panel technology, but don’t worry they are usually included in the name of the TV so you have no need to look deeper into the build of the TVs. The panel types that we will be looking into are:
The first one we will be looking at is LED, you don’t need to know how any of the technology works, just to what advantages and disadvantages it brings. LED is the cheaper one, but it’s not necessarily bad, this panel type has been the longest between the ones that I’ll be discussing. It has evolved from the LCD panel type, which was also quite popular in its time of use. LED TVs have a greater contrast levels and the ability to show deeper blacks than it’s predecessor had, it has also increased in the brightness of the screens and have more distinct colors.
It’s also thinner and is great for being mounted on a wall and also with the development of the technology it has a greater energy efficiency, so it’s very great for the long term. The smallest available sizes for them seem to be around 30″. While it doesn’t have as advanced technology compared to OLED and QLED, they are know to be cheaper, some even available from the prices of 200 and 300 dollars.
Now diving into the more recent panel technology we stumble on OLED. They have left a giant gap from LED TVs, they have a much greater contrast ratios and posses incredible brightness compared to LED and QLED TVs, which give a much more distinctive picture.
Due to more efficient type of technology they have decreased in the thickness of these TVs, they are thinner than both LED and QLED, only a couple of millimeters.
These TVs can also be viewed in a more bright setting because of it’s more increased brightness and difference between dark and light colors are much more noticeable.
These TVs have a greater energy efficiency than other TV panels, so they are great for long term, but they a lot more expensive than LED and QLED TVs and are also only available from 55″. The lowest prices are around 1500 dollars and can go up to 4000 dollars.
This might be the last panel type, but it doesn’t mean that it’s better than the rest, but it has a lot of advantages. This screen type is more concentrated on the color and it’s concentration. They have a much higher contrast ratio, which means that there appears a much clearer between the really dark and really light pictures are more distinctive, also they posses a higher brightness than the OLED TVs.
This type of TV is also quite thin and can be easily mounted on a wall and does not require any special adjustments to the wall so the TV would be completely aligned with the wall. It is not nearly as thin as OLED, but it makes up for it with the flatness of the back and with a long-lasting display.
Similar to OLED TVs it can be only available in large sizes, starting from around 50″. Though QLED TVs are generally cheaper than OLED TVs so they are put into the sweet spot of possessing advanced technology and being in the middle between LED and OLED as far as the price goes. The prices go from about 1200 dollars to 3000 dollars, but some may go till the 4000 price range, but for more than just the technology of the panels.
Are Smart TVs Overrated
For some people having a Smart TV might actually come as an inconvenience, the technology is indeed great and you can do so much more with them and use them as computers to some extent, redirect computers to the screen or simply connect a console and play games. But some people have no need in any of that and those would be just features in their TVs that they would never use.
Of course that the Smart TVs are not made with the goal to rival computers and their processing capabilities and functions, but they have some very convenient functions and usages that computers on their own don’t. Such as using the web or watching something on Netflix on a gigantic screen.
Flat Or Curved
What some people might get really stuck on is whether you should buy a flat or a curved TV, to which one is more superior and if you should just completely stop looking at one or the other because one is more outdated or not comfortable enough to have, but is not just that simple.
Surprisingly the viewing range stays relatively the same and flat screens don’t posses any superiority against curved TVs, besides the slight decrease of viewing pleasure in curved TVs, when looking at it from a too far angle.
But the big difference comes in is when we talk about immersiveness, because curved TVs take the lead for it. Not only can it seem like screen is slightly bigger, but there is also is some slight 3D like effect even if there is no 3D technology integrated into the TV.
Another place where the curved TVs take the lead is the contrast of the TV, while there would be no difference in the panel technology a curved TV would increase the contrast ratio, it makes the TV viewing much more enjoyable. But if there any reflections on a curved TV, the reflection would be much more noticeable than on a flat screen because of it getting stretched out.
There are some minor inconveniences that the curved TVs bring, like the inability to have it comfortably mounted on a wall, there will always be a gap from the wall. Also, that for the curve to really give the best enjoyable effect it has to be really big, at least 55”.
What Is The Best TV To Buy
There are so many TV types and there so many functionalities that TVs can bring so you can’t just say that there is that one TV that will be perfect for everyone, everyone possesses their own opinions and needs. What TV you should buy also varies from the size of it, whether you want it or have the space for it. Knowing all of what you have read you have to question to what you really want and what you plan doing with your TV.
If the price is not a problem, then I definitely suggest buying an OLED TV, they have a greater contrast ratios than LED or QLED TVs, so they viewing will be more enjoyable, but again this solely depends on the size of your wallet and your wall.