Published On: Thu, Aug 18th, 2016

Need A New TV? Here’s What To Look For

Over the past few years, many appliances have undergone massive innovations, and TVs are certainly no exception! The image quality we used to expect from a cinema is now available in every home with 4K UHD screens, and speakers and surround systems are getting better as I write. If you’re in the market for a new TV, you’ll obviously want to get the most for your money. Here are some important points to consider.

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First of all, the screen quality. Unless you’ve got a tight budget, the only screen quality I can recommend is 4K. Even then, I’d recommend putting off your new TV and saving up a little more. Dozens of content companies have started broadcasting in 4K, and those that haven’t will be joining the crowd very soon. When the revolution kicks off, I’m sure you don’t want to go around seeing that everyone’s picture quality is better than the one you get at home! If you’re buying the TV primarily for gaming though, you may want to hold off and get a cheaper full HD model. Xbox and PlayStation are only just beginning to dabble in 4K, and you may be waiting a long time for it to land.

Next, what do you want the TV to be able to do? A few years ago, this would have been a pretty pointless question. However, we’re now past the advent of smart TVs, and this has changed the market significantly. Smart TVs have internet connectivity, and allow you to stream shows and videos through various apps. Most smart TVs even have their own web browsers, so you can use them pretty much as you would a desktop with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The whole mobile device experience is rounded off by social apps like Facebook making an appearance on smart TVs. Although everything these TVs can do is pretty incredible, running them may put a strain on your current bandwidth. Depending on what you buy, you may need to consider a fibre optic upgrade like the packages on this webpage.

Finally, considering 3D. Pretty much everyone either loves or hates viewing things in 3D. If you’re in the former camp, then this could be the main reason that you’re shopping around at all! When it comes to 3D, you’ll have two main options: passive and active 3D. Passive 3D, the cheaper option, pretty much runs on the same tech as cinemas. The pixels are polarised, and cheap 3D glasses are used to get the effect of things on the screen popping out at you. Active 3D is significantly more expensive. With these models, the glasses themselves shutter rapidly over each of your eyes, effectively showing each eye a different picture to create its 3D effect. This makes for a sharper picture. If you can budget for both of these, then go for an active model.

There you have the three most important considerations for buying your next TV. I know that waiting to afford tech can be frustrating, but when it comes to TVs it can be well worth it!