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How to pick the right TV screen for tomorrow’s enjoyment

How to pick the right TV screen for tomorrow’s enjoyment

Smart TVs no doubt have one of the biggest product ranges, spanning numerous brands and endless model types and sizes. While having choice is typically a positive thing, it can also lead to confusion and feel overwhelming. And what could possibility be even more challenging to grasp is the growing number of TV screen technologies in the market. Here, we’ll provide a run-down of the most popular TV screen technologies available, what they are and how they will benefit your home entertainment.

 

Resolution vs TV Screen Technology

HD, Full HD, 4K or OLED? On the TV purchasing journey, there may be some confusion as to what the TV’s resolution and the TV’s screen type is. The resolution refers to the number of pixels the TV has and the type of images that the TV can display. Meanwhile the screen type often refers to the build (or materials) that makes up the TV’s panel.

 

Resolution, Explained


The most common TV resolutions on the market include:

  • High Definition (HD) – 1280 x 720
  • Full High Definition (Full HD) – 1920 x 1080
  • 4K Ultra HD (4K) – 3840 x 2160
  • 8K Ultra HD (8K) – 7680 x 4320

Here’s how you can tell the difference between the resolution, so that you can figure which will work best for your entertainment needs:

  • High Definition (HD)
    Entry-level High Definition (HD) features picture resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. HD was widely adopted in the mid to late 2000s, so older content from years past will typically be available in HD. Most free-to-air TV content is available in HD and above, and HD TVs are now the most affordable TVs on the market and are usually the smallest in size too.

  • Full High Definition (Full HD)
    With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Full HD is typically what free-to-air TV channels broadcast with. Many streaming services will also have content available to view in Full HD. Full HD TVs are budget-friendly options if casual TV viewing is your most-watched content.

  • 4K Ultra HD (4K)
    Featuring a bright and impactful 3840 x 2160 pixel image reproduction, 4K TVs are the standard TV resolution in the market. 4K is much clearer and detailed when compared to Full HD. Many TV shows and movies on streaming services, live sports and games are available in 4K.

  • 8K Ultra HD (8K)
    The most advanced and highest image resolution available in the consumer market, 8K Ultra HD boasts double the pixels of 4K with 7680 x 4320. When the maths is done correctly, the resolution is actually four times that of 4K. Whilst 4K is known for its clarity and brightness, 8K images are exceptionally real-to-life, making you feel like you’re right there

 

 

Screen Technology

The most common TV screen technologies on the market include:

  • LED
  • LCD
  • OLED
  • QLED
  • Mini LED
  • NanoCell

An In-Depth Look

Let’s take a closer look at each TV screen technology, what it means, how it impacts on your TV and entertainment quality and the benefits for you; the viewer.

  • LED: a TV with an LED panel features ‘light emitting diodes’ (LED) which form the backlight of the TV’s display. They are smaller and more efficient when compared to older TV screen technologies such as cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). TVs with LED tend to be cheaper to run as it uses less energy. LED TVs are available from many brands including CHiQ and Hisense.

  • LCD: a TV with an LCD screen is characterised by a layer of ‘liquid crystal display’. An LCD TV almost always has an LED backlit display. For example, many TV brands have models that feature LED LCD screen technologies. The combination of the LED on the LCD screen means better black production and brighter colours for vivid images. Almost all TV brands manufacture LCD TVs including LG and TCL.

  • OLED: this TV technology is powered by ‘organic light emitting diodes’ that don’t require back lighting to illuminate. This in turn makes it possible for OLED TVs to be thinner than LCD TVs. OLED is a more recent technology that provides richer colours to deliver life-like image quality. OLED TVs are commonly available from LG.

  • QLED: QLED TVs feature ‘quantum dot light emitting diodes’ which are basically nano-sized particles which turn light into a billion colours. Quantum dots display a wider range of brightness levels for more vivid colours, especially when compared to LED LCD TVs. QLED technology can be found in TVs from Hisense, Samsung, and TCL.

  • Mini LED: TVs with Mini LED uses miniature versions of the regular LED (light-emitting diodes) to provide improved contrast and deeper shades of black. Since they’re much smaller than regular LEDs, there are more Mini LEDs in the TV, displaying screen quality that is similar to OLED. Mini LED is available from brand including TCL, LG and Hisense.

  • NanoCell: specific to LG TVs, NanoCell technology uses nano particles that absorb unwanted light. The nanoparticles then enhance the purity of the red and green colours on the screen, providing a brighter and enhanced image.

 

 

Smart TVs

Unlike traditional TVs, a smart TV can be connected to the internet to deliver a range of other entertainment options and not just free-to-air TV. A smart TV lets you surf the internet, stream content from apps such as YouTube and Netflix and those with voice control lets you control your entertainment and your home, just with your voice.

Android TVs

These TVs are powered by the Android processor, meaning it will look and feel like your Android smart device. Those familiar with Android devices will experience the same user-friendly interface on the bigger screen and have simple access to the Google Play Store to download favourite apps and content. Since Android devices usually update themselves, the TV’s operating system will automatically update to enable an enhanced entertainment experience.

Lifestyle TVs

TVs of today are designed for more than just watching. Lifestyle TVs have been crafted to blend into your space and provide a range of other uses such as displaying artwork, your favourite family photos or just capture an image of the wallpaper and let the TV blend in seamlessly with your wall. Examples of lifestyle TVs include Samsung’s The Frame TV, which boasts an art gallery-like design to showcase artwork. Another lifestyle TV is LG’s Rollable OLED TV, which is an ultra-thin OLED self-lit panel that can be rolled away when not in use, helping you make use of your space, creatively.

Outdoor TVs

Move your entertainment outdoors with a range of outdoor TVs, like Samsung’s Smart Outdoor TV. Powered by QLED technology, this TV’s anti-glare screen and bright colours makes it easy to watch any content within sheltered outdoor spaces, like on the balcony or patio. Finished with weather resistant properties, this Samsung TV lets you enjoy the action outside the next time you host a BBQ lunch or pool party.

FAQs

Stuck on your TV purchasing journey or want to find out some more information? Check out our frequently asked questions below:

  • What’s better; LED LCD or OLED?
    A TV with an LED LCD display features a backlit panel with ‘light emitting diodes’ and a liquid crystal display that displays deeper shades of black and vibrant colours. OLED TVs on the other hand, have ‘organic light emitting diodes’ that don’t require a backlit panel to display colour, meaning their TV design can be slimmer - this might be useful for you to take into account when buying a new TV.
  • Should I buy 4K TV or Full HD?
    This ultimately depends on how important the picture quality is to you and what purpose the TV will serve. If the TV is used for occasional general TV viewing, for example; watching free-to-air TV, the news or the odd movie, then a Full HD TV is sufficient. If regular movie viewing, online streaming and gaming is vital to you, a 4K TV will deliver greater image results.
  • What's the big deal about 4K?
    The new standard across smart TVs, 4K Ultra HD boasts four times the resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080) TVs, with a pixel make up of: 3840 x 2160. Whilst the pixel numbers of 4K are only in fact double that of Full HD, when they are multiplied, a 4K TV does indeed display four times the pixel resolution. The reason 4K is so popular is because image and colour reproduction are clearer, sharper and more enjoyable to watch, especially when great visuals are needed, such as when watching movies, documentaries or live sports.
  • Do you need a Wi-Fi connection for a smart TV?
    Yes, a Wi-Fi connection is required to operate the features of a smart TV. For free-to-air content, only an antenna connection is needed.
  • What are the advantages of a large screen?
    Bigger is best when it comes to immersive entertainment enjoyment. Whether you’re watching your favourite content, screen-sharing, doing video calls or just want to put on the live footy at the next work gathering, a larger screen ensures that everything can be seen by everyone. Some TV brands even feature ultra-wide viewing angles and anti-glare displays to enhance viewing. 
  • How do I choose the right TV for me?
    When purchasing a TV, one of the first things you should consider is your space and the appropriate size of the TV to best fit your room. Having a budget will also help to narrow down the types of TVs you can buy. And finally, when buying a new TV, you need to consider what features are important to you, whether that is picture quality, audio quality, easy connectivity and if the TV has all the smart TV features you need.

 

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