Tv Buying Guide, buying guide for LED Tvs, Buying guide for LCD TV

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Overview

There are several factors you should evaluate while buying a TV. This guide helps you identify and evaluate them.

Screen Type

LED is popular, but is that your choice? What about LCD and Plasma? And what is OLED?

Screen Size

What’s the right TV size for you?

Display Resolution

Should you go for HD or Full HD resolution? What about 4K?

Features

Is 3D TV appropriate for you? Should you buy a Smart TV?

Connectivity

What does HDMI mean? What are the different connectivity options that you should seek in your

Detailed Guide

Quick Tips

If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. We explain each of these points in greater detail in the text below:

  1. Don’t buy a TV with less than 1080p resolution (i.e. avoid 720p sets).
  2. Don’t buy a TV with less than a 120 Hz refresh rate.
  3. Consider a 4K Ultra HD TV if you want your TV to be acceptable five years from now.
  4. OLED TVs look much better than a typical LED LCD, but they are considerably more expensive.
  5. For state-of-the-art models, look for an HDR-compatible set, which offers more realistic colors.
  6. Ignore contrast ratio specs: manufacturers fudge the numbers. Trust your own eyes.
  7. Look for at least 4 HDMI ports; 4K shoppers should ask about HDCP compatibility.
  8. Curved TVs are a fashion statement. They don’t benefit image quality.
  9. Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a big deal.
  10. Plan to buy a soundbar. TV speakers are worse nowadays because the screens are thinner.
  11. Avoid extended warranties. Your credit card company may already provide purchase protection.
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