TV Buying Guide

LED vs QLED vs Neo QLED TV: Which is better?

What is LED TV?

Let's start with the basics. What is an LED TV? LED stands for light-emitting diode, which in layman terms refer to small little bulbs that give off light and colour. If you've seen a close-up image of an LED lamp, you would have noticed that they are basically numerous smaller bulbs placed side by side. Likewise, a LED TV is basically thousands of red, green, and blue (RGB) light-emitting diodes pieced together. The three primary colours that you see then can produce millions of other colours when mixed in varying proportions.

Benefits of an LED TV include lower energy consumption, wider and better view angles, deeper blacks for dark and cinematic movie scenes, and a longer lifespan.

What is QLED TV?

Very much similar to the above LED, QLED stands for quantum light-emitting diode, which basically means that it uses even smaller nano bulbs to give off light. In a traditional QLED TV, these nano light bulbs will be placed side by side to emit light and colour as you stream Netflix. However, Samsung came up with its own version of the QLED TV. Instead of using quantum light-emitting diodes to give off light and colour, Samsung developed a quantum dot colour filter and stacked it in front of the usual LCD backlight panel.

So, what makes a QLED TV better? Benefits of a QLED TV include higher resolution (all QLED TVs start from 4K resolution), higher brightness, vibrant colours, and better upscaling ability.

What is Neo QLED TV?

In 2021, Samsung launched a revolutionary Neo QLED TV. What is a Neo QLED TV? Neo QLED basically stands for neo (or new) quantum light-emitting diode. In a TV, it basically means that the thousands of tiny LED light bulbs in the backlight panel in your QLED TV are now replaced by even smaller, finer, and granular sand-like LED particles.

That means users can benefit from an even wider range of brightness, up to a billion colours, better contrast ratio – altogether precision in colour and light control.

LED vs QLED vs
Neo QLED TVs

So, when taking a bird's eye view of the TV market and make a sweeping comparison of these three different technologies – LED vs QLED vs Neo QLED TVs – you will realize there's no 'best' TV out there. The best TV is one that fits your house's size, home interiors, lifestyle needs, and viewing expectations.

In a nutshell, LED TVs give you good contrast and energy efficiency, QLED TVs have higher resolutions, brighter and vibrant colours, while Neo QLED is the latest landmark precision TV technology by Samsung.