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Buying a TV – Choosing the right one for you

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The centrepiece of nearly every home, the Television is the one thing a lot of people couldn’t do without. It is a big investment, and you don’t want to end up left behind technologically if you’re buying one. There a lot of new technologies that have been coming out in recent years that might make looking to buy one a bit of a minefield. In this blog, we’ll look at the main types of TVs and what to look out for when buying one.

4k UHD

TV screens consist of hundreds of dots called pixels. The screen resolution is how many pixels high by how many pixels wide. The higher the resolution, the higher quality your picture will be. HD TVs have screens that are 1280 tall by 720 wide and 4k UHD TVs have a screen that is 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall. This means you get far more pixels, which translates to higher quality, more detailed pictures. 4k TVs are going to be the standard from here on in, so if you want to futureproof I’d advise getting a 4k TV.

 

Certified Ultra HD TVs

4k TVs are all made equal right? Wrong! Some 4k TVs have pixels that only show white light and can’t show colour. These pixels aren’t visible to the naked eye, but when you’re watching a TV with these types of pixels it can make the screen appear blurry and this can be intolerable for some people. What can seem slightly annoying when watching TV can become a major issue when gaming. Certified 4k UHD TVs do not have these white pixels, meaning you will get a blur free, more vibrant picture with richer colours and more contrast.

 

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR is a term reserved for TVs that have the best depth of colour. This is defined by the difference between the lightest and darkest tones on screen. This translates to vibrant pictures on screen and a more enjoyable TV watching experience.

 

Smart TVs

Smart TVs offer additional features such as built-in digiboxes, access to the internet and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Most new TVs have some kind of smart features and as long as you have an internet connection, can make the most of these.

 

Screen Size

Screen size is really dependent on your room size. For most rooms, a mid-size 34-54” TV will be more than big enough. If you want something bigger and more immersive take a look for screens 55” and above and also curved models, that can make you seem more part of the action.

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