TV Buying guide: How to choose the right TV

This TV guide will guide you in buying the right TV for your budget and expectations

how to choose the right tv

Are you planning on buying a new TV and have seen so many unfamiliar terms or features that comes with the latest TV and don’t know what they mean? You won’t want to buy a TV that at the end of the day you find out that it does not worth it. Don’t look further, in this TV buying guide we will tell you everything you need to know before you go shopping.

There is a huge number and types of High definition(HD), 4K Ultra HD and even 8K TVs in the market, ranging from big screen TVs to the flagship displays that distinguish the best TVs available. The features of this TVs are amazing, but it can be hard to have all this features let alone determine what’s important. Vic’s guide is here with its TV buying guide to help you decide which is best for you.

Quick TV Buying guide tips

Before we begin to explain in details, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a Television.

  • Determine the size of the TV you want to buy
  • If you want to buy a TV with size higher than 43”, don’t buy a TV with resolution less than 4K
  • Buy an HDR compatible set
  • Look for 60HZ or 120HZ refresh rate
  • Buy TVs with at least three HDMI port

TV size and setup

When you are planning on buying a new TV, the first factor in decision should be size. The TV size is not the height or width. TV screens are measured diagonally, so when you see a TV with size like 65 inches, that’s the diagonal size. The TV screen size you should go for depends on some factors like how close you sit to the TV, how many people in your family typically watch TV at once and where you had love to put your new TV set. You can also find more on calculating the best TV size to fit your room.

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Resolution

Resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed on your TV that compose the pictures. A single pixel consists of a tiny dot on the screen.  TV manufacturers present measurement as width x height, and the more pixel a screen has, the clearer the picture. So high resolution means better picture. The resolution available in the market today from the lowest to highest are 720p, 1080p, 4k and 8k. Older TVs and many 32” model sold today have pixels 720p. More recent TVs of size 49” or smaller have resolution 1080p. Larger screen size TV (49” and above) have 4k resolution. The newest, largest and most expensive comes with 8k. Our best advice is skip 8k for now and don’t buy a TV less than 4k when buying TVs larger than 43”. The larger the screen size, the more numbers of pixels needed to display quality pictures.

Why skip 8k?

Many people are yet to buy 4k TV and now newer TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony are 8K. 8K tv resolution has 8 times as many pixels as 1080p and four times as many as 4k. You might start thinking of buying 8k TV, well, my advice is don’t buy 8k TV for now. Other than the ridiculous high price you would get an 8k TV, 8k content is hard to come by. It will still take a year or more before 8K content will be easily gotten.

HDR

HDR is an acronym for High dynamic range. HDR is an upgrade of the 4K, or Ultra HD (it is not applicable to 720p and 1080p HD set). HDR is the current “must have”  TV features due to the fact that it makes images more vibrant and lifelike through higher brightness, contrast and wider color. HDR is an increase in dynamic range of the picture. Though almost every TV 4K TV are HDR compatible, but there is a far-reaching difference in their picture quality. Every HDR TV sold is currently HDR10-compatible but dolby Vision is the best HDR and can be found on premium models from popular brands (including LG, Sony, TCL and Vizio). Other HDR format include HLG and HDR10+ (introduced by Samsung for all its smarts TV).

There is not much HDR programming available, but there are a few movies in the new 4K Blu-ray disc format, a progressive number of HDR shows available through streaming services.

Finally, If you want to buy the best, buy an HDR TV that is compatible with Dolby Vision. Don’t choose a TV just because it is HDR support because the standard has not been settled.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is the number of times per second the picture is refreshed on the screen and it is measured in hertz. The quicker a picture is refreshed, the smoother any motion appears to the human eye. The normal refresh rate your TV should have is 60 times per second (60HZ). However, ln some scenes where you see rapidly moving object, it might appear blurry. So, to get a clearer picture in scenes with rapidly moving objects, manufacturers doubled the refresh rate to 120Hz.

Since there are not many scenes with rapidly moving object in original video content you could buy TV with 60HZ. However, if you love playing games, you should go for TV with 120HZ.

Input and connections

TVs come with series of different inputs and outputs so you have to pay attention to the number of HDMI inputs a TV has (it is the only input you need to focus on). Some manufacturer offers fewer HDMI plugs as they try to minimize cost. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the standard way of transmitting uncompressed video data and digital audio data from sources like streaming devices, gaming consoles and Personal computers to a Television.

If you thought of buying a new TV, you should go for TVs with minimum of three HDMI port and the port support HDMI 2.0 to accumulate future Ultra HD sources.

Smart TV

Smart TV are regular TVs that have the built-in capability to access online content by connecting directly to the internet either through Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, and it comes with built streaming apps like Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, Hulu Now, and many mores that are downloadable. It works just like your smart phones, you can connect to the internet, stream media from your computer to your TV over your home network, watch online content without purchasing an addition device such as apple TV, a game console or blu-ray player, automatically apply security and update system to improve features and performance.

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Types of TV: LCD vs LED vs OLED

LCD

Liquid Crystal display (LCD) is a flat panel technology that contains a matrix of pixels that display the image on the screen. Maybe it is OLED, LED, QLED, it uses LCD to display images. The rest (OLED, LED, QLED) are the type of backlight it uses in displaying this Images

LED

Light Emitting Diode (LED) is a semiconductor that emits light when current flows through it. Led TV uses less power, provides a brighter display with better contrast and lesser heat dissipation. Today, Almost all LCD TVs are LED TVs.

OLED

Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) are solid-state devices that are composed of thin films of organic molecules that creates light. OLED provide brighter display and use less power than LED.

QLED

QLED (according to Samsung) stands for Quantum dot LED TV. It is specifically to Samsung and as its name suggest it uses Quantum dot technology embedded just behind the LCD matrix, but in the front of the backlight. It is an upgrade of the OLED and LED TV.

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