Buying a new television set for yourself can be a challenge these days. With so many technological advances, here are some things to consider when buying a Smart television set:
The size of your Smart TV will depend on the size of your budget and the physical space where you plan to install it. You should also consider how far away you will be sitting as you watch. The bigger sizes will overwhelm your eyes if they are placed right in front of you. The best thing for you to do is to go around the various appliance stores to see what size would best suit your needs.
- Screen resolution
A television’s resolution refers to the number of dots or pixels that make up the screen. The more pixels, the sharper the display – though screen size also affects sharpness, because the same number of pixels across the display will not look as clear.
In 2018, the vast majority of sets you will see have resolutions of 3840 by 1160 pixels, a size known as 4K. You might see some television companies using the term Ultra HD instead, but it is essentially the same resolution.
If you are getting a small TV, say under 40 inches, it’s not worth investing in a 4K resolution because it simply won’t be noticeable. For anything larger than that, however, 4K is the current gold standard.
There are certain brands, like Sharp, that already offers 8K resolution. This will be best enjoyed with the bigger Smart TV sizes.
- High Dynamic Range
High Dynamic Range or HDR delivers more colors, more contrast levels, and increased brightness. The basic standard for high dynamic range content is called HDR 10 as set forth by the UHD Alliance, an industry trade group. Be on the lookout for HDR 10 or Ultra HD Premium pinned on the set.
- Refresh Rate
This describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on the screen. It is normally expressed in Hertz (Hz). The standard refresh rate is 60 times per second or 60 Hz. In scenes with rapidly moving objects, a low refresh rate can make things look blurry. Some new models boast of High-Frame Rate (HFR) support, which means that they have both a higher refresh rate and added support for content with bigger than 60 Hz frame rates. Look for a television that has a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz.
- HDMI and Connections
Pay attention to the number of HDMI inputs a Smart TV set has. The more the better. These ports can get used up quickly. Add speakers, a decoder and a game console and you have already used three ports. Also make sure the set’s ports support HDMI 2.0 to accommodate future Ultra HD sources. Choose a television set with at least 4 HDMI ports available.
- Contrast ratio
This describes the range of brightness levels a set can display. Better contrast ratios display more subtle shadows and hues and thus better detail. However, the way manufacturers measure such ratios varies widely. Nevertheless, it is still best to see for yourself how a TV displays shadow detail by finding a movie with dark scenes and seeing how well it reveals details in the shadows of say a Harry Potter move. Experiment with the TV’s brightness, sharpness and other picture settings before making a final judgment. It’s also advisable that while testing this feature, select “movie” or “cinema” mode on the TV.
Be smart when buying your next smart TV. By taking note of the must have features, you will be better prepared.
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Anne Ruth Dela Cruz is a seasoned writer who has interests in health, wellness and business start ups. She has also dabbled in corporate communications and public relations. A mother of four, Anne also loves videoke sessions and reading a good book. My posts appear on: Negosentro, World Executives Digest, Executive Chronicles, Get Health Access, and Trade & Travel Journal.