Now on the market there is a whole lot of the most diverse offers with different technological equipment and design. However, the saying just works here when “more expensive is not always better”. Televisions belong to the category of technology when the price has practically no restrictions from above. You can buy very worthy models for optimal money. Therefore, before making a choice, you need to answer the question of how much budget you are willing to spend on it.
Next, we decide on the dimensions. Usually we place the TV in a ready-made interior, and do not make space for it. Based on the situation, you should come up with a place to install the device. It can be a separate cabinet, a kitchen set or a wall mount option. Important to remember:
If the TV is wider or narrower than the nightstands, it looks ugly.
Too large a device runs the risk of not fitting into the headset.
Wall mounting also has limitations. In particular, it is worth calculating the viewing distance. It is generally accepted that it is a segment of 3-4 diagonals of the TV. It is more convenient to pre-measure the distance from which you plan to watch your future TV and evaluate models from this position. Experts even advise to come to the store with a tape measure. The large screen will not allow you to cover the entire picture, your eyes will begin to defocus on the image, trying to see the details on the periphery, and will quickly get tired. Too small a screen will also not work, because it creates poor visibility of small details, and in general there will be no effect of real presence that a person expects to get from a modern widescreen TV.
Resolution is the number of pixels that make up the screen.
Now the standard is Full HD displays, in which the image consists of 1,920 pixels horizontally and 1,080 pixels vertically. A 4K screen typically consists of 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels. However, a 4K TV needs 4K content. Plus, the human eye is quite limited in its perception of clarity at a distance.
FrequencyThe frequency is the number of times the picture on the screen is updated in one second, measured in hertz. 60 Hz means that in one second the image can be updated 60 times. It is believed that the image refresh rate above 60 Hz is not captured by humans. But to view 3D content at 60 fps, when you need to alternately display frames for the left and right eyes, you need a 120 Hz TV.
At the moment, the matrix market is dominated by a single technology called LED. On its basis, the vast majority of displays are created. This means that the screens of all TVs are approximately the same.
At the same time, it is the type of matrix that matters: LED or AMOLED. AMOLED is otherwise known as organic matrix. Distinguishing an LED TV from an AMOLED TV is very easy due to the price. The second with the same diagonal and other parameters will cost much more. At the perceptual level, AMOLED has one significant advantage: it is capable of displaying true blacks.
Now the color rendering technology is so debugged that it shows a picture of acceptable quality, covering the entire color range. For connoisseurs thought out fine manual color adjustment. While for ordinary users there are enough preset modes. Color gamut is not a parameter to which special attention should be paid.
Flat or curved?
Curved TV must be viewed from a strictly defined position, when the distance from any point of the screen to the eyes will be the same. Otherwise, the picture will be distorted. Try to look at the screen a little from the side, and you will understand everything. Accordingly, watching such a TV with the whole family or with friends will be extremely inconvenient. A curved screen significantly reduces comfortable viewing angles. However, it creates a more realistic picture than a flat one.
Smart TV or regular?
Smart TV is a set of applications built into the TV software shell for broadcasting various content from the Internet. Recently, as a platform, manufacturers offer a full-fledged Android with Google Play and their own sets of applications. The disadvantage of this option may be management, since it is long and inconvenient to enter queries and move the cursor using the remote control. The best solution here is to use a smartphone or tablet as a control element. Specify the availability of such a possibility when choosing a model.
However, even if you bought a TV without a Smart TV and an Internet connection, you can always make it smart later using an external set-top box from Apple or based on Android. Another way is to use an intermediary like Google Chromecast to cast content from your smartphone or computer. It is quite possible that a separate set-top box will cost much less than a built-in Smart TV.
The disadvantage of an external set-top box is that it will take up one HDMI port, which could be adapted for something else. The advantage of external set-top boxes is that they can be changed based on needs.
The single most important criterion that you should pay attention to is the resolution support of your TV. It may well turn out that the cheapest set-top boxes will not work well or will not pull Full HD resolution at all.
Number of HDMI ports.
If you plan to use a lot of peripherals, be sure to consider the number of HDMI connectors based on one port per device.
Modern TVs, for the most part, are produced as thin and light as possible. Meanwhile, as a good speaker system, mostly bulky. There is often nowhere to place such sound equipment.
If you have the appropriate budget, lovers of perfect acoustics can choose among the top models of TVs that have really cool sound. It is worth noting that such devices are huge, cost like a car and weigh several tens of kilograms.
Before you start buying a new TV, you should summarize and pay attention to a number of features that will help you make the right choice:
Decide on the maximum amount you can spend on a TV.
Decide on the permissible dimensions of future equipment.
Measure the distance from which you will watch TV. When choosing models, evaluate purchase options, taking into account these data.
Decide on a resolution. Consider if you need 4K anytime soon, or if Full HD is enough.
Decide on a frequency. Consider if you need a TV with more than 120Hz.
Decide on the type of matrix. Compare the image and cost of conventional and AMOLED TVs.
Decide on the shape of the screen. Take into account the peculiarities of everyday life, family composition, traditions of joint viewing. Compare the image and cost of conventional and curved TVs.
Decide if you need a built-in Smart TV.
Count the number of HDMI ports you need.