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Guide for Buying a TV

Updated on December 7, 2013

Are you looking for a Cool TV to buy in 2013?

The task of shopping for a TV set can sometimes be an overwhelming one. Today our shops are filled with cool products of different shapes, sizes and quality that you almost want to purchase all of the televisions on the stand or simple walk away to avoid answering the numerous questions going through your mind and eventually making the hard decision.

If you have ever found yourself in this scenario you are not indecisive. This Lens provides a systematic way of deciding what television to buy.

Rules for Buying a TV

  1. Published specs doesn't determined picture quality. The specs sheet isn't very helpful in determining the picture quality of a television as it contains so many information that provides no lead in terms of what to expect from the display. It is however useful for determining what kind of tv it is you are looking at.
  2. Most times, bigger means better. The only case when this isn't true is when you plan on using the TV in a small room. viewing a large screen from a very close range can be awkward. At least a 32 inches TV and at least a 46 inches TV are recommended for bedrooms and living rooms respectively.
  3. Think Plasma: Plasma TVs have better picture quality than LCD and LED TVs. The downside of plasma it is prone to burn-ins and is a little larger than recent models of LED and LCD TVs.
  4. Go shopping with a friend or someone that is familiar TV technology. Having such persons handy could go a long way in shortening your shopping time and ensuring that you buy a good product.
  5. Once you buy a TV you are stuck with it except you decide to sell it for a low prize. The rate at which new models of TVs are being introduced into the market is incredible. This means that the TV you bought 2 years ago won’t be half as valuable as it was when you bought. Take your time, make your choice and stick with it. You don’t want to be one of those advertising an overprized used TV.

Things that determine a TV's Quality

The performance of a TV isn't a function of its body build. As unfashionable as this may sound it is true! It is important to note this because we naturally tend to move towards the flashy products on display. Instead, you should understand the factors that affect a tv's performance and determine which is most important to you.

  • Viewing Range: It is pertinent to take note of the viewing angle and viewing range when shopping for a TV. The viewing angle is the area of the screen that can display images without any distortion. The viewing angle affects the viewing range. For instance traditional tube TV(CRT) have a wider viewing range than the Plasma TV. This is down to the fact that CRT is designed to use a cathode ray as opposed to tiny lighted cells to display pictures.
  • Back Level

  • Resolutions: This is a critical factor to consider when buying a tv. Display resolution determines the picture quality of a television. The higher the resolution the sharper and clearer the image would be. The most common resolutions are 720p, 768p and 1080p.
  • Burn-in

  • Durability: Durability has to do with the weight of the tv and how much power it consumes. When it comes to durability LCD tvs are better than plasma. The former consumes 40 per cent power less than the former. The power usage of your television is really important because it tends to add up as time goes on.
  • Glare

  • Prize
  • Screen Size: when it comes picking the right screen dimension the saying "the bigger, the better" does not always apply. A tv above 50 inches isn't suitable for a standard size bedroom because of the viewing range. Going to big while picking tvs for the bedroom and too small when picking tvs for the living room can affect the picture quality greatly.

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