Flat screen technology is advancing at a fast pace, so you might find something one year just to see the price drop dramatically on the same item just a year later. It is important that you do your research and end up with an item you are truly happy with instead of regretting your purchase. There are many specifications you may overlook when shopping for a television. Here are some specifications you should try to consider in order to get the most out of your budget.
Screen Size Of Your Television
One of the obvious specifications we look for in our television is the size of the screen. Depending on the size of the room, you can purchase anything from a 15 inch up to even a 70 inch television. For instance, if you are buying a TV for your kitchen, you would probably want to go for a screen under 30 inches. If you are looking for one for a bedroom, you might consider something between the ranges of 30 to 40 inches. And if it for your living room or a theatre room, you would want to consider something even larger.
LCD, Plasma, or LED?
According to the limit of your budget, you have the option of choosing between different types of television displays. The following are the three main types of television displays available on the market right now.
- (non-LED) LCD – LCD screens are typically thinner and brighter than their competitors. When buying anything under 40 inches, this is typically your most reasonable option, since plasmas are offered with larger sized screens. These screens are best viewed from the front, so they are more ideal for smaller rooms. Furthermore, they use less energy than plasma televisions.
- Plasma – Plasma TVs tend to be heavier than LCD TVs and use up more power. However, they have better picture quality as they have outstanding contrast and black levels. They also have a better viewing angle than LCD TVs.
- LED – LEDs (light emitting diodes) are a more modern type of LCD display. They differ from the type of LCD used in the past because of the method of lighting used for projection. LEDs produce brighter lighting, take up less energy, and are much lighter than older LCD TVs. But like older LCD screens, they are best viewed from the front. There is also an option to buy a 3D LED television. This is useful if you like to watch a lot of 3D movies but they are considerably more expensive then regular LED tvs. So consider the costs before investing in 3D.
The screen resolution of a television refers to the amount of pixels displayed on a screen. Televisions out on the market today will either be 720p or 1080p. You will see a set of numbers associated with the resolution. For example, a TV with 1080p resolution might display 1920X1080 pixels. Those numbers are correlated to the number of pixels running across the screen; the first number being horizontally across the screen and the second vertically. When it comes to the resolution of your screen, more pixels means better picture quality. With smaller televisions, you won’t be able to notice the difference as much as you would with a larger television.