Buying the right television for your home can be difficult given the large number of choices. Last 5-7 years have been the most dynamic and eventful phase in the history of Television. After the transition from CRT TV to flat screens, there has been constant evolution in TV. From Plasma to LCD to LED, every few years a new technology is invented. Brands are competing with each other in technology, viewing experience and pricing in this fiercely competitive category.
On the other hand, a customer is confronted with a plethora of choices. From TV types like regular HD TV to ultra modern 4K HD TVs. Televisions become smarter each year. And each new model is thinner and flatter than the previous one. Anyone unaware of the technical lingo can feel overwhelmed with the large variety of choices. This ultimate guide to buying the right television can help you make the right choice.
What to consider when buying the right television?
Every product category has some key features which need to be considered before buying them. The following points will give you a comprehensive overview of the prerequisites of buying the right television:
A TV is always better with a bigger screen. However, if one were to follow this rule, everyone would end up buying a 75″ screen TV. Before choosing the screen size, you need to consider 2 important things- the viewing distance and your budget.
The viewing distance, i.e. the distance from which you watch the television, depends on the size of your room. If you have a small place then the viewing distance will be small. In that case you need to buy a smaller screen or risk damaging your eyesight. The table below gives a precise viewing distance for each screen size.
The larger the screen size, the more expensive it is. A 32″ smart LED TV would cost Rs 14000/- whereas a 75″ Smart LED TV can easily cost up to Rs 2 Lac and more. The table below gives a broad range of prices for each class of screen size.
|Screen Size (in Inches)||Standard HD LED TV (in INR)|
|30 & Below||10,000 to 20,000|
|31 to 40||20,000 to 40,000|
|41 to 49||30,000 to 55,000|
|50 & Above||40,000 to 12 Lacs|
Resolution in a TV refers to the clarity of the picture. It is measured in number of pixels. The more the pixels, the clearer the picture quality is. Higher resolution ensures better viewing experience for the user.
4K Ultra HD
Also known as UHD TVs, this is at present the newest and best resolution available in the market. They provide about 4 times the resolution of HD TVs and produce stunningly clear, crisp and detailed images. Another advantage of UHD TVs is HDR (High Dynamic Range). This enhances the contrast and color of the existing pixels of the TV and creates more lifelike images.
1080p – supports a resolution of up to 1080 (typical resolution 1920 x 1080). This is by far the highest selling HDTV. It would allow you to watch full HD content and all TV programs at the highest resolution.
720p – This is for budget buyers. You would get quality resolution for your DVDs and TV shows. This is the most economical choice.
Plasma TV by far has the best contrast and gives the best picture quality in a dark room. However, now LED technology is catching up and gives the same picture quality at a lesser price. Because of this the plasma technology is now fading.
These TV set use Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) to produce images. These TVs were successful in replacing the CRT televisions, however, they are neither power efficient nor the picture quality is as rich as LED TVs.
Most of the TV models come with LED display now. They are energy efficient, thin and light weight. These TVs make for very bright images and make up either the backlight or the edge of the display.
Read more about the most popular LED TV Brands of 2017.
OLED or Organic LEDs is the latest and the best display technology at the moment. Unlike other technologies, OLEDs produces the true blacks with bright highlights. OLED displays are extremely thin and super light weight. The only draw back they are still new in the market and very expensive.
Smart TV –
A TV that could connect to various devices (laptop/phone) through technologies like Miracast are termed as Smart TVs. Smart TVs can connect to the internet as well and supports Apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hotstar etc.
3D TV –
Some televisions come with 3D enabled display. However, to enjoy it the user needs to wear the 3D glasses. It makes for a great user experience.
Passive 3D –
Shows 2 different images simultaneously. The design of the glass is such that each eye can see only 1 image. Passive 3D glasses do not require a battery.
Active 3D –
Active 3D alternates images between both eyes. These glasses are expensive and require a battery change.
It is very important when buying the right television to check its connectivity options. Nowadays, televisions aren’t used only for watching cable. People connect their laptops, and other devices to the TV. There are various wired and wireless options available.
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is by far the best and the most efficient connection available for HD TVs. It can stream media players, Blu-Ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles and much more. HDMI carries both picture and sound in one cable which makes setting up a simple task and it is much cleaner.
There are countless devices that can be connected to the TV like pen drives, digital camera, internet dongles etc. through USB ports. However, not all file formats are supported by the TV. Please check the catalogue to get an idea about the supported files.
This is a little old school option for connecting CD/DVD players. The TV is connected with an optical cable. This type of connection is used for audio equipment only. Although this technology exists, HDMI is a better option.
This option is used for connecting computers/laptops to the TV. VGA is an old technology and hardly seen in modern TVs.
Ethernet cable helps the TV to connect to the home internet so that the smart features could be used.
This helps the TV to connect to the home network without any wirelessly. Once WiFi is connected you could use streaming technology like Miracast to view content from other devices which are connected to the same network.
With this ultimate guide, one can take an informed buying decision, with the right choice of the television that suits ones need the best. Before buying the right television, demand the right price on Arzooo.com.