If you’re on the hunt for a new television, you’ll probably already know there is a lot more to it than before. With a multitude of options, screen sizes, shapes, connectivity and more, it’s no longer as simple as it used to be.
To help you make the right choice, we took a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of televisions and demystified it in this essential guide:
Assessing Your Needs
Before you start looking for your new TV, think about what it will be used for and what your viewing habits are. There is more to a modern TV than just a picture with sound. What is the primary purpose of the television going to be, is it for watching blockbuster movies, fast-paced sports action, or gaming? Assessing your requirements will give you the foundation for guiding you in choosing the best TV with the features and connectivity that you need.
Limiting factors for screen sizes are generally room size and budget. If you’re a movie buff you will most likely want the biggest screen your room can take, whereas for other viewing habits, a smaller screen with more features may be preferable. 50-inch screens are ideal for smaller living rooms and bedrooms and give an enjoyable viewing experience. 55 to 65-inch are excellent for medium-sized spaces, giving a balance between immersive viewing without overpowering the room, and 75-inch are excellent for that cinematic experience but require the largest room sizes.
Display and Resolution Types
Display types are important when considering the primary purpose of the TV. OLED gives the best deep blacks with incredible contrast which results in vibrant colours and amazing detail so is well suited to movie watchers and gamers. Nanocell technology provides a broad spectrum of colours and sharp details with improved brightness and colour accuracy and is excellent for sports fans looking for rich, lifelike visuals. LED/LCD are very energy efficient and provide good all-round picture quality whilst being more affordable.
Connectivity often comes down to purpose again and it’s crucial to make sure the TV has the correct type of inputs and outputs to match your other hardware such as speakers, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles. Equally as important is the number of devices you want to connect, so ensure there are enough of each type, for example, you may want multiple HDMI ports. Other types of connections to look for are USB and 3.5mm jacks.
Smart features can enhance your overall experience by providing access to streaming services, apps and smart home hubs. HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides a wider range of colours and improved contrast, whilst higher refresh rates give smoother motion and are great for gaming and viewing fast action such as sports. For a 3D sound experience look for Dolby Atmos capable TVs which add depth to the sound.
TVs are a long-term investment so make sure you buy a reputable, reliable brand, and ensure you choose a TV that has the necessary connectivity and all the features you need. Finally, consider the design, including bezel thickness and type of stand or mounting options to ensure both the size and style coordinate with your interior design.