10 things to look for when buying a TV
By Michael on 20th Nov, 2017
There’s a lot to consider when buying a new TV. To ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for, we’ve put together this guide detailing 10 key factors in the TV buying process.
Deciding what TV to buy can appear a daunting decision – at least at first. The TV screen size is just one of a number of things to consider; new breakthroughs in TV technology mean you’ll need to think about curved screens, 4K UHD TVs, Smart services and more. Take a look at our TV buying guide and consider these 10 questions when you’re buying a new TV.
What is the right TV size for me?
Make sure the TV you buy is the right size for your home. The best way to judge this is based on how far away from the TV you sit, which is usually between one and three metres. As a guide, if your TV is 1.6m away, it’s recommended that you watch TV on a 40” screen. The further away you get, the larger the screen should be; if you’re 2.3m away, you should look to buy a 55” screen, for example. Those with enough space to put the sofa at 3.2m away from the TV should purchase a 75” screen – big enough to see every detail in stunning definition. Suggesting viewing distances are only a guide and there are many other factors you should also consider.
If you’re set on a larger screen but don’t have the space, look out for an almost bezel-less TV. Without a bulky frame getting in the way, you can increase the screen size without increasing the dimensions, allowing you to make the best use of the space available.
If you do have the space for a larger TV, it’s important that the picture quality doesn’t suffer as a result. Even with the image spread across a larger space, you want to make sure the display remains crystal clear, and Samsung 4K UHD certified TVs offer a great solution. Four times as many pixels are packed into their 4K resolution screens than you’ll find in Full HD, adding more detail and clarity. And the pixels in this technology are so small, you won’t be able to pick them out – even when you’re close to the screen.
Are you choosing a luxury TV for a dedicated movie room? If so, make the most of your space and pick a TV screen size that makes you feel like you’re right there in the cinema. QLED TVs can reach up to 88 inches – so no matter how many friends you have over for movie night, everyone will get the ultimate viewing experience.
Lastly, consider how you’re positioning your TV in the room. Mounting it on the wall removes the limitations of the physical cabinet, giving you much more freedom. It also pushes the screen slightly further away, meaning you can allow for a bigger size and still get that perfect viewing distance.
Does the TV meet industry certifications?
There are lots of TVs out there – but to make sure you’re getting one of the best, look out for key certifications that define its quality. The first of these is the Ultra HD Certified logo, which indicates that you’re getting a true 4K Ultra High Definition experience. Better still is the Ultra HD Premium badge, which means you’re getting one of the highest quality 4K TVs available as agreed by a board of industry and entertainment experts. Featuring greater colour, 4K resolution, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and high motion capabilities, these TVs are the gold standard of today’s television industry.
You should also look for signs of the latest breakthrough technology. HDR1500 certification means an impressively high brightness level of 1,500 nits*. As standard non-HDR televisions reach around 400 nits of brightness, you can be sure you’ll notice the difference in picture quality.
Another of these certifications is VDE 100% Colour Volume, which is an achievement acknowledged by world-class testing and certification association Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker. Only achieved by the QLED TV, this means a brilliantly wide colour spectrum that produces colour you’re used to seeing in real life, adding up to over a billion shades at incredible brightness levels.
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