When buying a new TV, there are a few things to consider in order to get the best bang for your buck. From the panels to the refresh rate, we’re going to break down the must-know factors of any new quality TV purchase.
When it comes to television technology, the big-name brands are still leading the pack. Samsung, LG, and Sony make some of the best panels in the world, however, emerging brands, such as Hisense have made huge inroads in recent years, offering equally good, if not better, technology for a smaller price-tag – albeit without some of the bells and whistles.
In terms of technology to go for, LED, ULED, OLED or QLED TV are the best bets. These advanced panels use backlighting technology to make bright colours more vivid and blacks even darker make gameplay during gaming and fast-moving images smoother. Ultra HD and 4K televisions are now the norm, with Full HD sets still delivering great picture quality for a slighter price. However, avoid ‘HD Ready’ televisions, as even though the prices are alluring, they don’t delivery full HD resolution.
The refresh rates of TVs are often shown on the specs and boxes, and are represented in hertz, or ‘Hz’. This is how often the TV’s image refreshes per second. For the high-fidelity, fast-moving images seen in sports and in gaming these days, the faster the refresh rate you have, the better. Thankfully, most modern televisions have refresh rates of 150 Hz and higher, which will make the image look smooth and uninterrupted to the human eye. But just avoid TV sets with refresh rates less than 150 Hz.
Of course, the size of TV you want comes down to personal preference, as well as how much wall or cabinet space you may have. Traditionally, bigger is better, and getting a television more than 60-inches should be more than sufficient for most living rooms; however, if you’re limited on space, picking up a TV for primary use should at least be more than 40 inches in size.
A key feature most consumers forget to consider is the additional inputs and various format types compatible with a potential TV. Most decoders, gaming consoles, and 4K streaming boxes uses HDMI as an input source, therefore ensure your TV has at least 2 or 3 HDMI ports; along with a USB port if you want to watch any media off a flash-drive or update the TVs firmware without WiFi.