TV Buying Guide – 9 Things To Consider Before Buying

If you are buying a TV for the first time and are overwhelmed with the many options available in front of you, then don’t worry. This article lists an excellent checklist for buying a perfect TV for your home.

Buying a TV is no longer accessible, as many companies launch exciting features at budget-friendly pricing. 

Things to consider before buying a TV

Below are the important things to consider before buying a TV for your home.

Screen size

Screen size plays a vital role in TV selection, whether you are planning to buy a high resolution or basic TV. Firstly, know how many people at your home watch the TV together when you fix it. If more people watch the TV at a time, buying a TV of considerable size (usually between 55 to 65 inches) is recommended to avoid eye strain.

Also, ensure that if you sit at a 3X distance from the TV, you should be able to see the picture clearly. As per the studies, it has been seen that the best distance to watch a TV is two times the size of the TV (if it is HD) and 1.5 times the size of the TV if it is a 4K TV.

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Screen resolution

The number of pixels in a display is known as screen resolution. The picture’s clarity is very sharp if the TV comes with more pixels. To get more vibrant images and an excellent cinematic experience, it is recommended to get a TV with the best resolution, like 4K, UHD, etc.

An HD TV comes with 1280 x 720 pixels. On the other hand, full HD TV comes with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. A, 4K TVs have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. 4K TVs are sharper compared to any other variants of TV.

Refresh rate

The refresh rate of a television is defined in terms of hertz. The standard refresh rate of a TV is 60 Hz. However, when watching a fast-moving scene, 60 Hz might be too low to provide you with the exact impact while watching a movie. Sometimes, this refresh rate can be jittery as well.

The latest TV models come with High Frame Rate (HFR) feature that supports the standard 60 Hz refresh rate as well as ensures the content above 60 Hz is displayed correctly.

If you are a gamer and have gaming consoles like PS5, Xbox, etc., then we recommend you buy a TV with a reasonable refresh rate. Even a 60 Hz refresh rate works if the gaming console is old.

Connectivity options

Always look for more connectivity options in the TV. Especially, check for the number of HDMI ports the TV supports. TVs with HDMI 2.0 and 2.1 ports support 4K UHD and 8K content.

Companies like LG, Samsung, and Sony have started releasing their TVs with the latest HDMI 2.1 ports to support the best quality content.

In short, buying a TV with at least 4 HDMI ports (having HDMI 2.1) is recommended. Also, ensure a Wi-Fi adapter and ethernet port for faster connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity also helps connect external devices like soundbars, headphones, etc.

Display type (LED, QLED, OLED)

LED: LED and LCD TVs currently have a significant share in the market. Most UHD TVs use LED screens to display high-quality pictures. To generate a high-quality display, this TV uses backlit or edge-lit technology.

QLED: QLED, also known as Quantum Dots LED, uses Quantum dots to give you excellent display output and color range. Even the picture quality is excellent with better brightness, these QLED TVs are mid-level in terms of pricing.

OLED: OLEDs are also known as Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs. They are slim and have better contrast ratios than other LED TVs, and they are equipped with advanced technology and are high-priced.

Contrast ratio

The contrast ratio is the maximum brightness level a TV can display. TVs with better contrast ratios display pleasing hues and shadows. Though it is not a major selling point for the TV, it is recommended to check the contrast ratio of the TV by playing a movie with dark scenes, to understand how well it displays the shadows and hues.

The best TV will display dark black levels, while inexpensive TVs will display dark gray instead of black. You can face gray color problems mainly in the LCD TVs.

Audio

Most expensive TVs as well do not have the best-in-class sound. Hence, buying external soundbars, headphones, home theatre systems, etc., is recommended to enhance the sound output.

For a better listening experience, the latest TVs are equipped with the Dolby Atmos feature. When you connect a soundbar or surround system to these TVs, you can experience rich sound quality.

Extended warranty

Warranties are the money generators for any company, and it is because users rarely need an extended warranty to fix their TVs. The latest technology TVs are shockproof and have the highest quality components; hence, they will not break down easily.

By default, most companies provide a one-year or two-year warranty that is good enough to cover your TV expenses (in case of any repair).

Smart TV

Most of the TVs in the market are equipped with smart features like Wi-Fi, YouTube, OTT platform integration, etc. The user interface on these TVs is also getting better day by day. Companies like Google provide Android platform services to companies like Sony, Thompson, etc. On the other hand, companies like TCL and HiSense are equipped with Roku interfaces.

With the streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., available on the TV, you can easily access HD and 4K quality content without needing an external device to play the content.

Since most TVs are equipped with intelligent features, it is not a major purchase factor.

Price

Most of the latest model TVs seem to be very expensive to purchase. However, if you check out the market thoroughly, certain TVs are affordable and also sport a 4K resolution, smart features, good contrast ratio, etc.

Conclusion

We hope this guide helps you make an intelligent decision in making your next TV purchase. By checking on the above parameters, you can buy a good TV at an affordable price, rather than shelling out a considerable sum of money.

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