In this article we will offer you ten tips for buying a smart TV.
1: Determine your price limit.
TV prices have come down a lot in the last 3-5 years, and right now, less than a thousand dollars will buy you a great 42-inch 4K smart TV with almost every possible bells and whistles. Spend more, and you can bring home the same thing, but at 65 or 75 inches… and with every feature under the sun.
2: Choose your TV size.
3: Choose OLED or LED.
OLED is more expensive, it’s by far the better picture technology.
To be precise: While OLED gets the picture contest, a good 4K LED TV still offers a spectacular viewing experience – and the good ones come with the same smart TV features found in OLED TVs. Plus, 4K LED TVs cost less than OLED TVs.
What are the specific differences between LED and OLED?
Price: LED TVs are less expensive than OLED TVs, although OLED prices are falling.
Picture: LED TVs are backlit, which means that a light shines through a crystal panel to create the picture. OLED TVs are not backlit. Instead, each pixel on a 4K OLED TV (and we’re talking 8847360 pixels in total) turns on and off and adjusts itself.
The result = image that is much better and more realistic.
Brightness: LED and OLED work well in all lighting conditions. LED is especially good in well-lit spaces and can be made even brighter for sunny rooms in Florida. OLED is spectacular in dimmed rooms.
Contrast: LED TVs can’t go completely dark, so shadow detail suffers. With OLED, colors pop, black is really black, and contrast and shadow detail are true to life.
Black Levels: The deeper the blacks, the better the contrast. And the higher the contrast, the better the image. Add to that: it’s not just the depth of the blacks, it’s the detail in the blacks that makes a great image.
4: Choose the resolution of your TV.
4K is exactly four times better than the old HD standards, and four times better is not a subtle improvement. And while there aren’t a ton of 4K channels available yet, content providers of all kinds are gearing up to release almost everything in 4K… and your new 4K TV will be equipped to handle that exciting future.
5: Unnecessary features…
If you get a good quality TV, you’re already covered below.
Refresh rate: The faster or higher the rate, the smoother the image, which means it’s ideal for sports, games and movies.
Contrast Ratios: Each brand rates them differently and some don’t even mention contrast ratios.