Choosing the type of TV you’ll buy is the first step in the process, before you weigh up the available models and brands. This blog will focus on LED LCD, one of the most popular types of TV tech currently available.
First, a breakdown of those six letters:
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and this is the tech part which defines how the screen is lit up. The lighting of the screen may not initially seem like an important thing, but it impacts every part of the display, from contrast to brightness.
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, and that’s the screen type. The display image is formed on the screen, and illuminated by the aforementioned LED, which is what allows us to watch TV.
So, light is the key point of difference with LED LCDs. They’re the brightest screens on the market, which makes them versatile. In a sunny room, watching TV during the day, the bright screen is your friend, minimising glare. In a much darker room, however, this brightness is harder to look at (as anyone who has ever checked their bright smartphone in the middle of the night will know). So, that control over the brightness is a great feature to have.
Baseline LED LCD TVs display in Full HD, which had been the gold standard for a number of years. This technology has now been surpassed by Ultra HD, though its picture quality is still excellent.
The new standard for picture quality, Ultra HD LED LCD TV boasts a jaw-dropping four times the resolution of its Full HD cousin. For the ultimate home theatre centrepiece, Ultra HD is absolutely the way to go.
Of course, reading about it is one thing, but the only real way to fully grasp the immense differences is to see them both. Let your eyes be the judge of quality!
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LED LCD TVs are far and away acknowledged to be the most energy efficient TV types available. Like all appliances, each model beards an energy efficiency star-rating, which should always be weighed up as a purchase factor.
With regards to running costs, the difference between TV types is not necessarily noticeable on the power bill. A head-to-head road test on CNET found that while LED LCD TVs are much more energy efficient than their alternatives, the energy savings are not so great that they make them the cheapest TV type over time.
The display is only the beginning of the TV; there’s a lot more to it than just the picture. Almost all TVs now have Smart features, meaning they can connect to the internet, which opens up a variety of possibilities that go beyond watching your favourite show. There’s YouTube streaming, smartphone connectivity, and a whole host of other features that ensure you’ll always have something to watch.
Certain models also include Personal Video Recorder functionality, meaning they can record, pause and rewind live TV, without the need for any external system. Some of these units may require external storage, however, so always be sure to check!
Buying a TV is big decision, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun with it too! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and try to simplify where possible. Every model comes with a long list of often quite confusing specifications; a series of numbers that don’t mean too much to the average person. Staff in-store can help you make sense of these numbers, but as mentioned above, don’t underestimate the power of viewing the TV in action!
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