An unquestionable staple in our tech-absorbed lives is the television. Whether it be a 4K Ultra High Definition flat screen or a slightly older, but nonetheless still reliable, box in the corner of your room, TVs provide a window into masses of content from sports games to box sets and documentaries to reality shows to name just a few possibilities. This month, Ashley from Hughes Electrical provided a programme of features for you to get under control when you’re next in the market for the screen of your dreams.
The most important features to keep an eye out for are the size, the resolution, the colours and the screen type. Size is perhaps the most easily recognised quality with larger TVs typically costing more but it is the resolution that determines the quality of the picture, decided by the number of pixels (squares) in the screen. Resolution controls whether a TV can output standard HD or ultra HD (a.k.a. 4K) which ties to the colour range of the TV, a quality that people tend to notice more than the resolution. For the best colours, look for High Dynamic Range (HDR) TVs, normally found with 4K. The final quality is screen type: either standard LED, OLED (an advanced ‘organic’ LED technology for better dark colours) or Samsung’s QLED (like OLED but brighter). Only through seeing the different types in person will you really find which one you prefer.
As the features become more complex, the price rises with the OLED and QLED models coming at the top of the pack with top models exceeding £1000. However, that’s not to suggest you can’t get a good TV for a much lower price – as TVs have improved, their cost has gone down and now you can buy a 4K UHD TV at a much lower cost than a few years ago. If you have a smaller budget, smaller sized TVs with standard HD are also available at even cheaper prices too! Another thing you may wish to consider are the built-in apps often found within smart TVs. If Netflix or Now TV is important to you, you might want to ensure they are compatible.
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