Guide to buying a Television
The world of TVs is looking better every day, but also more confusing. The market is flooded with TVs, LEDs and LCDs of varying sizes and shapes too. Instead of making your job easy, it makes it more confusing. Today, there's a ridiculously wide array of high-definition (HD) and 4K Ultra HD sets in stores, from bargain big screens to the high-end displays that distinguish the best TVs available. We’re here with our TV buying guide to help you decide.
The way people shop for electronics is changing. Many buyers buy televisions and other electronics online. The World Wide Web is fast becoming the preferred marketplace as customers are able to buy products of their choice at the best prices. If you are careful you could buy a television online and not get duped. You just need to buy the television from a reputed online store and not from little known or unknown websites.
According to experts buying a television online will get you the best deal. Most online prices are lower than retail even after considering shipping and say insurance costs.
What are the advantages of buying a television online?
You can choose from a wide range of brands. While retail stores stock only running brands online stores offer a huge selection of televisions.
You can compare product features online by using online tools and take a decision after weighing the pros and cons.
Most online television retailers will have user friendly systems that offer at least three quotes for each customer. This means you can compare prices and costs before choosing a television.
Most websites have attractive seasonal promotions and often you can get a great bargain on a high-end television.
Easy Return Policies
Online television stores that follow "fair" business practices display return policies, guarantees, and shipping costs clearly. So, when you buy a television all terms and conditions are clearly defined.
Take advantage of specials like online saving codes, deals for credit card owners, free shipping offers, and daily specials.
You can use a credit card to make the payment and the television will be delivered at your door step. Just be sure to check that the payment gateways are of the highest security.
What should you look for when buying a TV?
More pixels translate into sharper picture and finer details, so higher resolution is (almost always) better. For many years, the 1920 x 1080 resolution, also called full HD, has been the standard, and is still the most common resolution in TVs across globe.
With the advent of 4K TVs, picture quality has never been crisper, brighter, or more colorful. Ultra HD sets can upscale existing HD content, but results can be mixed and do not look as sharp as original 4K programming. The sharper picture also has the added benefit of letting you comfortably view the screen from a shorter distance, making larger TVs more comfortable to view in a regular-sized home.
Whether you're looking for a basic or high-performance TV, the biggest factor in your decision will probably be screen size. Consider how close you sit to the TV. Basically, if you can see the individual pixels of the screen, you're too close. A good rule of thumb is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is three times more than the height of the screen for HD and just 1.5 times the screen height for 4K Ultra HD. In other words, you can sit twice as close to a 4K UHD TV.
Resolution describes the number of pixels that make up the picture on a display, more pixels translate into sharper picture and finer details, so higher resolution is better.
For many years full HD, has been the standard and is still the most common resolution in TVs across globe. However, TV manufacturers are rapidly shifting to Ultra HD sets (also called 4K). These 4K models have four times the number of pixels as current HDTV screens.
Aside from projection sets, there are basically only two types of TVs on the market: LCD and OLED. Unless you have a lot of disposable income, you'll probably be buying an LCD TV.
The lion's share of televisions today are LED LCD. These HD and Ultra HD sets use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the LCD screen and can be extremely thin. Many of these TVs can dynamically light up specific portions of the screen and dim other parts to better represent a mix of light and dark areas in a scene — a feature known as active dimming or local dimming.
Despite many improvements, most LCDs still have the shortcoming of limited viewing angles. This means the picture looks its best only from a fairly narrow sweet spot right in front of the screen. Check the viewing angle by watching a TV from off to the side, and also from above and below the main part of the image. As you move away from the centre of the screen, the image can dim, lose contrast and colour accuracy, or look blurred. The degree of picture degradation varies from model to model.
Sound is measured in watts and generally, higher wattage means louder sound. You should keep in mind that a TV comes with special sound modes like sports, cinema, movie, music, etc. These adjust the volume automatically to suit what you are watching.
There is no magic combination of specs that you can look out for to guarantee you’re buying a good TV. Unfortunately, there’s just a lot about TV quality that can’t be quantified on a spec sheet. LCD TVs range from the atrocious to the sublime, and HDR performance is so nebulous that you really have to see it for yourself.
But armed with enough reviews and an understanding of the features you should be looking for, you should be more than equipped to find something that will last you the better part of a decade.