Traditional TVs have become a thing of the past and this has happened in the last few years. Smart TVs have become all the rage. The idea of a smart TV is to provide a user with a more enjoyable viewing experience.
Advancement in the world of smart TV, comes with various benefits but if you are not well-versed in such devices, you can easily end up buying something that may not live up to your expectations.
Planning on buying a smart TV? It is totally understandable if you are feeling overwhelmed because that is what we are here for. We have written a buying guide that will assist you in the process of buying a smart TV.
Following are some of the specifications that you should check before buying a smart TV:
1. Choose an Appropriate Screen Size
One of the most important and obvious television specs is the screen size. If you have a huge budget, it may be tempting to spend on a large screen but wait!
Before you choose a large screen, or any other screen size for that matter, make sure you consider the size of your room where the TV will be placed. Along with this, also consider its price and other specifications.
Once you have considered all of these factors, then you can finally choose a screen size.
2. Selecting the Screen Resolution
The next thing that should be considered is the screen resolution of the TV. Never forget to check the screen resolution because it will play a huge role in determining the picture quality. With all the advancement, it has become a bit difficult to find a smart TV that has a resolution lower than full HD (1920*1080).
We would recommend you to buy a TV screen with 4K resolution as the picture quality is better and even the smaller objects present on the screen are more detailed, including sharper text. On the whole, the overall picture is richer and has more life as compared to Full HD screens.
There are many smart TVs that come with 8K resolution but these sets cost a lot and there is a huge problem with the availability of 8K content in Pakistan. But if you are still in the market to buy something like that, go for it as something which isn’t available today, would be available tomorrow. Technology advances really fast.
The final call will be yours. As they say- the consumer is always right.
3. LCD, LED, QLED or OLED: Which Screen Should You Choose?
Screen type is another important specification of a smart TV. There are various types of screens which include LCD, LED, QLED and OLED.
In the world of smart TVs, LED and LCD are the most common. These HD and Ultra HD televisions sets use LED (light-emitting diodes) backlighting. Along with making the TV slimmer, it also provides a brighter viewing experience. LED is also an energy efficient form of lighting.
If you are interested in knowing about smart LED TV prices in Pakistan, you can visit OLX Pakistan’s website.
QLED, on the other hand, is a relatively new technology which uses quantum dots (a type of semiconductor) to create colored light. These screens are popular for improving brightness and colors on the screen. In terms of performance, these QLED screens are considered close to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and better than LCD and LED.
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OLED is one of the most expensive screens and it uses individual organic pixels which produce light when an electric current passes through. These screens have a higher contrast, vibrant colors and offer an overall more enjoyable experience.
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Depending on your budget and your requirements, you can choose the screen type that you prefer.
4. HDMI and Other Connection Ports
In the hustle of choosing the right TV, make sure you do not forget to check the connection ports. The most important connection port is High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) . While buying a TV, make sure you pay attention to the number of HDMI ports the TV has.
These ports are used to connect multiple devices like laptops, mobile phones, gaming consoles and all other kinds of devices. HDMI ports come in various forms including 2.0a, 2.0b, and 4.0. Despite the variation, it is necessary that the TV has a standard HDMI 2.0 or 2.1 port. It is essential that the TV has these ports because most devices support them.
Also keep in mind that for a 4K or higher screen resolution, you will have to buy a high-speed HDMI cable. Along with HDMI connections, make sure that your TV has USB connections, specifically a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.
5. The Faster the Refresh Rate, the Better
A lay man may not know it, but refresh rate is another important television specification. Refresh rate is basically the number of times a TV can refresh a display image within a second.
Higher refresh rate means that you will notice less blur in faster camera panning shots like sporting events, action scenes or any similar event. Whereas, a TV with low refresh rate will have a more blurry video. The standard refresh rate is 60 frames per second.
Remember that you won’t see a lot of difference in the quality of image of TVs that have a refresh rate of, for example 100 frames per second or 120 frames per second. So, we won’t recommend you to spend on a TV with only a slightly higher refresh rate.
6. IS HDR Compatibility Important?
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a feature which increases the picture’s dynamic range between dark and light. HDR compatibility helps a TV to produce high-quality images. The question is if it is a necessary feature or not? We think it is not a crucial element; however, if you are looking for high-quality smart TV then this feature wouldn’t hurt.
There are various kinds of HDR available including HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Advanced HDR by Technicolor and Dolby Vision.
That’s all fellows! These are the specifications that you must check before you buy a smart TV. Let us know in the comments below if this blog helped you buy the best smart TV.
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