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5 Things you should know before you buy a TV

Updated on July 1, 2016

Planning to purchase a television for your home? Here are 5 things you should know about the television before you decide the one that you want to buy.

1. Display type

Televisions are available with different types of display screens such as LCD, LED, plasma, and curved. Check out the test material on the television to see the clarity of the images. Plasma television have high contrast ratio and color contrast. Plus, their wide viewing angle enables clearer viewing from any part of the room. LED and LCD television screens are almost similar in make and design. These screens consume less energy than plasma display screens. The curved television looks stylish and sophisticated, but you will not have multiple viewing angles with this display screen. And the picture may be seen fuzzy in the corners.

2. Screen size

Everyone wants to have a large screen television. You should think of when you check out the screen size two things. First, the larger the screen size, the more distorted the images may appear, unless the display quality is good. Secondly, a large screen in a small room will be overpowering, and not give you the comfy feel while watching television. So, the screen size you choose should depend on the size of the room you’re planning to set up the TV in.

TV Screen Size
Width
Height
Area
32
27.9
15.7
437 in2�
 
70.9 cm
39.9 cm
0.283 m2
37
32.2
18.1
585 in2
 
81.8 cm
46 cm
0.376 m2
42
36.6
20.6
754 in2
 
93 cm
52.3 cm
0.487 m2
46
40.1
22.5
904 in2
 
101.9 cm
57.2 cm
0.582 m2
50
43.6
24.5
1068 in2
 
110.7 cm
62.2 cm
0.689 m2
55
47.9
27
1293 in2
 
121.7 cm
68.6 cm
0.835 m2
60
52.3
29.4
1538 in2
 
132.8 cm
74.7 cm
0.992 m2
65
56.7
31.9
1805 in2
 
144 cm
81 cm
1.165 m2
70
61.1
34.4
2102 in2
 
155.2 cm
87.4 cm
1.356 m2
75
65.4
36.8
2407 in2
 
166.1 cm
93.5 cm
1.553 m
Screen Size Vs Viewing Distance
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3. Refresh rate

Videos are actually images that change at very fast speeds. The refresh rate determines the rate at which the image on the screen changes, so you will get a realistic feel and effect. If you’re a hard fan of action movies or sports, then you should choose a television that has a good refresh rate. Then you will get the best effects of all the action on the small screen.

4. Connectivity options

Some TV models allow you to connect with the internet. You can browse social media sites or download movies from the internet right onto your television. Some TVs also have the option to connect to your home theatre, music system, computer, or smartphone. Televisions with such extensive connectivity options will be costlier than standard ones. So, if you are sure you will make use of these versatile options, go for such televisions. Else, choose standard televisions perfect for traditional entertainment.

5. Warranty

The top brands of televisions come with a warranty option. Find out the repairs and replacements covered by the warranty. If you are buying the TV with your credit card, your credit card company may also provide some type of warranty. Check out all the details before you make your purchase decision.

Apart from the ones mentioned above, what are the other features you will checkout while buying a television?

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