Planning To Buy A Television? Always Look At The Bigger Picture

With plenty of options to choose from, selecting the right TV can be a challenge. This buying guide can help you

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 29, 2020 16:55:47 IST
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Whether you’re looking to upgrade to better technology or need a television for a spare room, TV shopping can be daunting when the options are endless. Here are simple tips to help you zero in on a television that fits your needs and budget.

Screen size

The first and most-important thing to consider when buying a television is the screen size. Choose one based on the size of the room and distance between the TV screen and your couch or bed. Broadly speaking, if the viewing distance is less than 4 feet, a 32-inch TV should work for you, for 6-7 feet distance, a 42 to 48-inch TV is fine. If you have a bigger room, a 50-55 inch TV should be ideal.   

Screen type

Confused whether you should buy an LCD, LED, OLED or QLED? While LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TVs are still popular because they offer good viewing quality on a budget, LED, OLED, and QLED TVs, albeit more expensive, offer better features and better viewing experience.

Ultimately, the type of display also has a bearing on crucial factors like colour, contrast and glare which makes all the difference when it comes to picture quality. OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and QLED (Quantum Light-Emitting Diode)  screens are relatively new in the market and come packed with more advanced features, superior brightness and a better colour range.

Screen resolution

For years now, full HD (high definition) has been the standard pick when it comes to televisions and is still the most common resolution in TVs across the globe. However, more and more buyers are now shifting to Ultra HD sets, commonly known as 4K, which have four times the number of pixels than a full HD screen. Higher the resolution, brighter and livelier the images on screen. With several popular streaming services now offering 4K content, there’s all the more reason why you should opt for one.

HDMI connections

While you may think it is unimportant, but the number of HDMI ports matters, especially when you want to connect your streaming device or gaming console to the TV. Make sure the TV you choose comes with HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) 2.0 ports—HDMI 2.1 will be even better—to accommodate Ultra HD content. It’s best to go for a television with at least three HDMI ports.

Warranty and after-sales service

Since a television is an expensive electronic device, going for a reputed brand is a safer bet. Research well and look for a good discount to get a model within your budget. Check the warranty period and enquire about the after-sales services before making the purchase.

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