Understanding Smart TVs

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Ever walked into a large store, and found yourself overwhelmed by the huge array of options, particularly when it comes to TVs for sale? Manufacturers are constantly coming up with ways to make products cooler and more desirable, and no-one likes missing out on the latest product update. Remember that it is the job of product marketers to make you want their products, so shop carefully, but there is nothing preventing you from getting the best update available to your current TV. But what is a Smart TV actually, and why would you want one?

Understanding Smart TVs

Easier than it seems.
There are many numbers, measurements and concepts that come into play when you start looking at Smart TVs. While it can seem like a bit much to handle, let me offer to help you to better understand these abstract concepts through sharing information in this article, to help you make the best decisions with your budget and lifestyle.

When you look at the box the TV comes in, you will see a dimension measurement. This refers to how big the screen is, and also how thick the unit is, when viewed from the side. The only reason this is important, is when considering the TV as a décor element. As a rule of thumb, 40 inches is a good standard size for a Smart TV. It is not so small that the viewing experience is compromised, but not so big as to take up more space than is needed in a room.

Floor standing, or wall mounted?
A TV is, in general, considered one of the larger appliances, and as such it is bound to influence your design and décor decisions quite significantly. If you are concerned about the amount of floor space the unit takes up, or do not want to disturb a delicate décor scheme, a wall-mounted TV might be just what you need. Just remember that any peripherals you add, such as speakers or gaming units, will also influence the overall look.

I don’t understand the display measurements!
LED and OLED are two of the main categories of Smart TV. Of the two, OLED is the higher quality option, as each pixel that forms part of the display has its own little backlight. This feature makes dark colors display deeper and gives much better contrast.

You can also anticipate an OLED TV to be thinner, but it also comes at a much higher price point. If you are willing and able to pay a bit more for a superior display, you will definitely enjoy the extra benefits of OLED. If you are unable to pay more, LED works fine, but you will lose a small amount of visual quality, compared to OLED.

Buying a new TV is no mean feat, and you will need to keep a clear head when navigating your way through all the choices and options that are available on the market. If you go into the store having done enough research on your own, you will be able to make a far clearer decision about the best way forward for your household and your budget.

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