Monday, September 2, 2019

How To Choose the Best TV For Your Needs

TV Banter presents a guest column today.  It contains valuable tips on how to decide on the best television to suit your needs.  If you are considering buying a new TV, this is a guide that will help you make your choice.

- Joanne

Choosing the best TV for your needs can be challenging. Many of the television manufacturers use the same technology to produce a finished product. The differences come down to price, size, resolution, and connectivity. Here are some tips on how to choose the best TV. 

By Connor Ryan

Choose Your Price Range

Before you begin to look for a television, decide how much you want to spend. TV prices have come down significantly in the last decade and continue to drop. However, some of the premium features are still pricey. If you determine your price range ahead of time, you won’t be as tempted to get a TV you don’t necessarily need, but that looks good.  
For around $1,000 you can get a 42-inch 4K smart tv or a 70 inch HD TV. Depending on what you plan on using your television for, and where you are placing it, you may not want a larger television. 
The higher your budget, the more features become available. You can get into the world 4K, with fantastic resolutions that make the images look amazing. You can also get an enormous television that is equipped with high-end features. Depending on your budget, you are almost guaranteed to get a better TV than you currently have; however, what features and size are yet to be determined. 

Choose a Television Size

Size is not everything, but it’s a lot. Deciding what size television you desire, before you leave for the store, is a good idea. Measure the space where you plan on using the television and figure out what will look best. 
If you do not decide before you leave the house, you will be blinded by the most beautiful, big screens on the market. These may, in fact, be too large for your space, but in the heat of the moment, you will want it. You can’t fit a 100-inch TV in your one-bedroom apartment, right? 
Don’t get caught in this trap. Determine the size you want for the television and your budget. Then, stick with it.  
 To help you decide, consider what will look good from where your couch is positioned. A 65-inch television has twice as much viewing space as a 42-inch television. This is a huge difference. Plus, there are sizes in between that you can also consider. 
Take some measurements and decide what will be best. Remember, television sizes are measured from top right to bottom left (or top left to bottom right) on the diagonal. Measuring across will not give you the correct size when TV shopping.  

Choose the TV Resolution You Want

If you have the money, spring for a 4K TV. You won’t regret it. However, they do cost more. 
4K TVs, or Ultra HD, provides you with the best TV viewing experience possible. Where HD TVs typically have over 2 million pixels (also referred to as 1080p resolution), 4K TVs have over 8 million pixels. This means that there are 8 million tiny dots that produce one image. That’s honestly ridiculous but provides the brightest, most precise, crispest picture you can get. You will think that you can actually catch that football flying at the screen; it’s that impressive. 
However, 4K, TV’s are not in everyone’s budget or even needed. If you only have room for a small television, a 1080p, HDTV, has a fantastic image. On a screen 32-inches or smaller, HD is more than sufficient. The larger you go, the more pixels you will want to achieve the same type of image. This is a logical argument. Therefore, if you are purchasing a television larger than 42-inches, you should consider a 4K TV.

Smart TV’s are a Must

Unless you have a firestick or other similar device, you will want to get a smart TV. These devices come with streaming service capabilities built into the television. 
If you are considering, or already have cut the cord, streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and others are great options. Not only will you be saving money every month, but you can still access your favorite local channel through some of these services. 

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