Ultimate Smart TV Buying Guide

smart tv buying guide

Almost all of us have a TV at our home that is used for watching TV shows, movies, sports, playing video games, and much more. But if you are in the market for buying a new one, then there are a lot of things that you have to check before buying the right one for you.

While some of these details are quite common and major ones, others are quite minute but still highly important ones. Hence, we are here with this ultimate buying guide for TVs that you can follow until the end to buy the perfect TV for you:

TV Resolution

The first thing to check while buying a TV is the panel resolution since it tells you about the clarity offered by your TV. If you are not familiar with how TVs work for creating images, they simply have an array of pixels or dots that change colors to form an image.

And the number of these pixels offered by your TV is given by resolution that tells you about the number of horizontal and vertical pixels. As you would expect, a higher TV resolution results in better image quality while watching movies and TV shows on your TV. The most popular TV resolutions include the following:

 

Resolution Pixel Arrangement Number of Pixels
High Definition 720p 1280 x 720 921,600
HD Ready 768p 1366 x 768 1,049,088
Full HD1080p 1920 x 1080 2,073,600
Ultra HD 2160p 3840 x 2160 8,294,400
Ultra HD 4320p 7680 x 4320 33,177,600

Screen Size

Another factor that you should check for getting an immersive experience from your TV is the screen size offered by your TV. In most cases, a larger screen size is always better for the best immersion, and you should get the largest screen size you can afford and install in your room.

Some of the common TV sizes include 43 inches, 50 inches, 55 inches, 55 inches, 65 inches, and various others. To help you in getting an idea about their size difference, here is a comparison between some of the common screen sizes:

HDR

One of the best features and options offered by modern TV sets is HDR which stands for high dynamic range. And as per the name, this technology offers a better contrast ratio, deeper colors, and a more dynamic image in general.

TVs can do this using different brightness levels in different zones. If you are also looking for a TV that supports HDR playback, then it is highly important to check the common HDR ratings and look for local dimming support:

HDR Rating

Apart from making TV mounting standards, VESA also gives standards and HDR ratings that can be found in different TV models. This includes HDR ratings like DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600, DisplayHDR 1000, DisplayHDR 1400, and various others.

While there are a lot of things under such ratings, the number in the rating tells you about the peak brightness of the panel. And as you would expect, a higher rating of DisplayHDR 1400 is much better than a rating of DisplayHDR 400, resulting in better image quality.

Local Dimming

TVs are able to show HDR content by changing the brightness of a given portion of your TV for a given period of time. These portions are known as local dimming zones which might have a low or high brightness depending upon the HDR image being displayed on your TV. Just like the resolution of your TV, having a higher number of these local dimming zones on your TV is quite important.

Panel Type

Even if your TV has a high resolution, it does not mean that it is going to look the best one out there. This is due to the reason that you also need to check the panel type offered by your TV. Different TVs have different kinds of panel types that offer different properties, as mentioned here:

LCD: IPS vs VA

If you are on a budget, buying an LCD TV makes a lot of sense since they are highly affordable and value for money. While these are not as good as an LED TV panel, they are still good for the given price. But even within LCD TVs, there are a total of two different types, including IPS and VA.

While they both have similar color accuracy, you do get better viewing angles with IPS making it the better option for most users. You can also expect a slightly better contrast ratio from an IPS LCD TV even though it is an LCD TV and not an LED.

LED vs QLED vs OLED

But if you do not have budget restrictions and want to buy an LED TV, then you will find LED TVs, QLED TVs, and OLED TVs. Out of all these three, OLED TVs are the best ones because you get excellent colors, best contrast levels, and great HDR capability with the only issue being possible burn-in issue with OLED TVs.

On the other hand, LED TVs have basic color accuracy, contrast levels, viewing angles, and poor HDR capability. Speaking of QLED panels, they fall right in between LED TV and OLED TVs. While these offer great HDR support, excellent colors, the viewing angles of QLED are average since they are based on VA panels. You can further learn about their details, as mentioned here:

  LED QLED OLED
Black Level Good Good Perfect
Motion Blur Good Great Perfect
Viewing Angle Poor Poor Great
Color Volume Good Great Great
Gray Uniformity Average Average Good
Luminosity Great Great Great
Image Retention Great Great Poor
Price Great Average Poor

Refresh Rate

If you have ever bought a TV or a monitor in the past, then you must have seen that they all come with a refresh rate rating. This simply tells you about the rate at which the panel of your TV is refreshing or updating. For example, if a TV has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, then it will be updating or refreshing a total of 60 times each second.

Because of this, a higher refresh rate makes everything look smoother on your TV. This is highly important if you want to play games on your TV by either using a gaming console or a PC. Because of this, gaming TVs even come with a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz. But, there are various kinds of refresh rates that you will find while buying a TV, including the following:

True Refresh Rate

As you can tell by the name, the true refresh of a TV tells you the actual refresh rate of a TV. If you want to play games on a TV, then you should get one with a true refresh rate of 120 Hz or so for the best smoothness and gaming results.

Interpolated Refresh Rate

There are a lot of TV models out there that might have a 60 Hz panel but still offer a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz. They can do this with the help of interpolation features. Such a feature simply adds frames between the 60 fps content that you are watching to make it look smoother than a standard 60 Hz TV. While this can be a great option for making movies look smooth, it is not the best option if you want to play games on your TV.

Variable Refresh Rate

Those of you wish to play games on your TV should look out for variable refresh rate support. This support is generally given in either the form of Nvidia Gsync or AMD Freesync. Both of these variable refresh rate technologies work similarity.

They simply adjust the refresh rate of your TV according to the frame rate that you are getting in your game. This results in smoother gameplay even at a lower refresh rate while completely removing any kind of screen tearing from your games. It can be a great pick for both PC gamers as well as console gamers for a smooth gaming experience.

Contrast Ratio

To get a dynamic looking image on your TV without having HDR content, you should get a TV with a high contrast ratio. This simply tells you the ratio of the brightest white and the darkest black that can exist on your screen at the same time. Since you want the whites to be highly bright and the blacks to be highly dark, it is recommended to get a TV with a high contrast ratio.

As a result, you can find a contrast ratio rating with most TVs given as 1000:1, 5000:1, 10000:1, or even higher depending on the model that you get. For most cases, a higher contrast ratio is always better for getting the best possible image quality. But, you should also know the difference between native and dynamic contrast ratios found in TVs.

Native vs Dynamic

Just like the refresh rate of your TV, the contrast ratio also might not be the actual one. The true contrast ratio of the panel is given as the native contrast ratio and generally has a lower value compared to the dynamic contrast ratio.

On the other hand, to achieve a higher dynamic contrast ratio of 100000:1 or 50000:1, TV brands take the contrast ratio reading at different brightness. Thus, you should refer to the native contrast ratio while getting a new TV for the best image quality possible.

Brightness

The last thing you would want in your brand new TV is it not being bright enough for day time usage. This can be a major issue, especially if your TV is next to a window and you are not able to see the image clearly if there is not enough brightness output from it.

Therefore, it is quite important to check the brightness output offered by your TV before getting the right one for you. You will mainly find two types of brightness ratings with TVs, including the following:

Typical Brightness

Whether your TV supports HDR or not, it will surely come with a typical brightness rating which tells you about the overall brightness of your panel. Once your TV is set to the maximum brightness, and you are watching content on it, then its average brightness is considered as the typical brightness.

This brightness rating is given in nits and includes ratings like 300 nits, 350 nits, 400 nits, or something around it when looking for the typical brightness. It is generally recommended to get a TV with a typical high brightness for the best possible quality.

Peak Brightness

Apart from the typical brightness of your TV, its peak brightness rating is also quite important to check. This brightness rating of your TV tells you about the maximum brightness your TV can achieve while displaying HDR content. As mentioned earlier, many modern TVs have multiple dimming zones. Because of this, while one zone might be dark, others might be brightly lit. In such a case, the brightness of a given zone is considered as the peak brightness and includes ratings like 600 nits, 1000 nits, and even higher with TVs offering better HDR capabilities. If you want the ultimate HDR experience while watching movies and TV shows on your TV, you should get a TV with a high peak brightness.

Color Accuracy

Things like HDR, contrast ratio and the brightness of your TV all affect the image quality offered by your TV quite a lot. But when it comes to the colors produced by your TV, checking the color accuracy of your TV makes a lot of sense. Just like any other display device, the color accuracy of a TV is given in the form of color gamuts.

This can include options like sRGB color gamut, DCI-P3 color gamut, and a few others. Out of the various options out there, it is generally recommended to go with a TV offering high accuracy for the DCI-P3 color gamut. Although a few TVs might even offer a color accuracy rating under various color gamuts. The color accuracy rating is given like 90% sRGB or 100% sRGB, where a higher rating is the better one.

Image Processing

While having a high-quality panel on your TV is highly important; having the right image processing is also equally important. In case you are not familiar with image processing, it is simply the process of enhancing the content that you are watching on your TV. This includes things like making the colors better, improving contrast, increasing effective resolution, adding clarity to your media files, and much more.

In other words, image processing is the future for TVs. They are the primary difference between a budget 4K TV and a high-end one since a high-end model looks much better than an entry-level one just because of the image processing. There are mainly the following two things to look out for a while checking the image processing capabilities of your TV:

Upscaling

Since modern TVs come with high resolutions like 4K and even 8K, finding content with native resolutions for such TVs is becoming more and more difficult. And if you are playing a 720p or even a 1080p video on such a TV, it might not look the best.

This is where upscaling comes into play because of which most modern TVs come with upscaling support. As per the name, it simply upscales your content from a lower resolution to the resolution of your TV. And while you surely do not get the same quality as watching 4K content on a 4K TV, upscaling a 1080p video still makes it watchable and enjoyable on your brand new TV. Better picture engines can upscale footage even better with better quality and resulting in the better final output.

Picture Engine

Since there is much more than just upscaling when it comes to image processing on your TV, you should look out for the picture engine that your TV offers. If you are getting a TV with a powerful picture engine, it can perform operations like noise reduction, better upscaling, excellent HDR and high bitrate video playback, and even make the image look more vibrant.

Some of the popular picture engines include X Reality Pro Engine from Sony, Triple XD Engine from LG, Crystal Processor image engine for Samsung TVs, and various others. It is generally recommended to get the latest option that you can find at your budget to get the best results.

Audio Processing

Apart from processing the image being displayed on your TV, most modern TVs are also able to process the audio output from your TV. This feature keeps working despite the fact whether you are using the internal speaker of your TV or external ones. And as seen with image processing, audio processing can improve audio clarity, soundstage, surround effect, and give you various other benefits while allowing you to adjust the EQ of your TV as per your choice.

All of these are possible with the help of audio processing technologies used by different TV models. But unlike the image processor of a TV, these audio processing technologies are universal and come from common brands. While there are many options out there, the two most popular options when it comes to audio processing are Dolby Digital and DTS.

Both of these have different versions where Dolby Digital Atmos and DTS:X are the latest ones. Even though both of these are highly effective for improving the audio output of your TV, you should consider going with a TV that comes with Dolby Atmos since it offers the best audio output along with various features and options.

Smart TVs

Long gone are the days when a TV used to be simply a device for video playback using external devices. These days, modern TVs usually come with an operating system installed in them. This makes them similar to a tablet or a computer since you get a lot of similar features and options.

Such TV models that come with an operating system installed in them along with various apps installed are known as smart TVs. Just per the name, these TVs are smart and can offer various functions on their own. But just like a smartphone or a tablet, not all smart TVs are the same. Instead, there are a lot of things that you have to check before getting a smart TV, including the following factors:

Operating System

The first and most important thing to check while buying a smart TV is the operating system. As you would expect from a smartphone or a computer, the operating system defines the overall experience while using any given device. This is also true for smart TVs since its operating system tells you about the features and options that you get.

Not only that but the operating system of a TV tells you about the supported streaming apps and other apps that you can install on your TV. Some of the most popular operating systems available for TVs include Android TV, Tizen OS, WebOS, and a few others. Out of all these, Android TV is considered to be the one since it offers a very similar experience to your TV.

CPU, RAM, and Storage

Even if you buy the right smart TV with Android installed in it out of the box, your experience might still be quite poor if the hardware of your TV is just average. This average primarily includes the CPU, RAM, and storage since they directly affect the performance of your TV. Talking about the CPU of your TV, you can find both quad-core as well as octa-core CPUs while looking for a smart TV where an octa-core CPU is much better.

As for RAM, while lower-end smart TVs come with just 2 GB of RAM, better ones might even offer 4 GB of RAM. On the other hand, you will usually find a storage capacity of 8 GB or 16 GB in most smart TVs as you will primarily using online streaming apps for watching any content on your TV. Because these apps do not take up much storage, they should be more than enough for in most cases.

Controls

Unlike a standard TV, there are a lot of functions and operations offered by a smart TV. All these features make the whole experience of your TV quite intuitive. But if you want to enjoy all of these, having easy to use controls and a remote controller is highly important. As a result, most smart TVs come with simple to use remote controllers. These are so easy to use that even new users can get used to them in no time.

A lot of them also offer voice assistant and voice commands functionality so that you do not have to perform the different functions of your smart TV by pressing different buttons. Although, if you type a lot or want to play games on your smart TV, then getting an external keyboard or gaming controller makes a lot of sense for most users. These can be connected by using either the USB ports of your TV or via Bluetooth if you are buying wireless peripherals.

Casting and Wireless

A great thing about modern smart TV is that sharing content from your other devices to your TV is highly easy. Whether it is your smartphone, your tablet, or even your laptop, you do not need any kind of connection wires to share your device’s screen to your TV.

Instead, you can simply stream or cast content to your TV. This is done wirelessly using the WiFi connectivity offered by almost all modern smart TVs. And the best thing about casting your screen is that there is almost no latency so that you can even enjoy movies and TV shows while casting wirelessly.

Connectivity Options

To get the most out of your brand new TV set, you will have to connect a lot of different devices to it. This can include streaming devices, gaming consoles, audio devices, AV receivers, and much as you may need different devices as per your needs and requirements.

But despite the kind of devices you are using, you will surely need a lot of connectivity options on your TV. This simply means to have various input and output ports on the back of your display for connecting all of your devices, including the following connectivity options:

Video

Since a TV is primarily made for watching movies and TV shows on it, the video input ports are the most important ones. These get used for connecting your media player, AV receiver, DTH box, streaming devices, gaming consoles, HTPC, and various other devices. Some of the most common video input ports include HDMI, DisplayPort, coaxial, composite video, and a few others.

Out of all these, HDMI is considered to be the best one as it can easily handle higher resolutions at a high refresh rate with ease. Hence, you should get a TV that has 3 HDMI ports on the back or higher for connecting all your devices. Apart from having multiple HDMI ports, your HDMI ports should also be fast. This can be ensured by checking the HDMI version of HDMI ports offered by your TV since they have the following supported resolutions making HDMI 2.1 the best option:

HDMI Version Supported Resolution Bandwidth Color Depth
HDMI 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 1920 x 1200 60p 4.95 Gbps 24 bits
HDMI 1.3 2560 x 1440 60p 10.2 Gbps 48 bits
HDMI 1.4 3840 x 2160 30p 10.2 Gbps 48 bits
HDMI 2.0, 2.0b 3840 x 2160 60p 18.0 Gbps 48 bits
HDMI 2.1 7680 x 4320 60p, 3840 x 2160 120p 48.0 Gbps 48 bits

Audio

To get a truly immersive experience from your TV while watching movies and TV shows, you also need to have a proper audio output. Usually, people prefer to install external speakers or soundbars along with their TVs for a much better audio output than the internal speakers offered by most TVs.

And as you would expect, this can only be done by connecting your audio devices to your TV using audio output ports. This can include audio ports like RCA, optical, auxiliary, and various others. If you are connecting any kind of modern audio device including but not limited to an AV receiver, a soundbar, or a home theatre speakers system, then the chances are that it gets connected via the digital optical out port.

Peripherals

Since most modern TVs, especially the high-end ones, are smart TVs, the chances are that you are going to connect a lot of things to your TV and not just audio and video devices. This can include peripherals like keyboard, mouse, gaming controller, webcam, or any other USB device. Hence, a lot of TVs come with USB ports on the back.

Generally, you will find USB 3.0 ports in modern TVs, and it is recommended to have at least two USB ports on your TV. When compared to USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ports offer much better speeds to the user. Speaking of speeds, you can also find a TV show recording feature on most TVs which is made possible by adding a USB storage drive to your TV.

You can even play media files stored in either your flash drive or an external hard drive. Apart from having USB ports, you can even find Ethernet ports in most TVs that are great to have if you want to connect to the internet for using smart apps on your TV.

Wireless Connectivity

As mentioned previously, most of the modern TV models that you will find in the market are smart TVs. This simply means that they come with an operating system installed inside, which supports various apps to offer you all kinds of features and options. But if you want to use these apps and features to the fullest, you will need to connect your TV to the internet.

And while you can use the Ethernet port of your TV for the same, connecting it over the WiFi is much easier. Thus, you should look out for WiFi connectivity in TVs for easily connecting to the internet. You can also find Bluetooth connectivity in a lot of TVs for connecting to peripherals like Bluetooth keyboard, gaming controllers, and even Bluetooth audio devices.

All of these wireless connectivity options even allow you to stream or cast content from your smartphone to your smart TV instantly without any wired connections required.

Speakers

All of the factors mentioned in this buying guide till now are highly important for the image quality offered by your TV. And in most cases, these factors should be more than enough for buying a TV. But if you want the best experience while watching a movie or TV show on your brand new TV, then the audio also plays an equally important role for an immersive experience.

Not only do you need high-quality speakers with superb detail, but the audio output from your TV should also be dynamic while having fullness to it so that all of the music tracks in movies sound great. Thus, a lot of TVs come with high-quality speakers installed inside TVs right out of the box. Some of these even include a woofer for better lower end and a fuller audio experience.

As mentioned earlier, you can also find technologies like Dolby Digital and DTS with TVs for making the audio even better. If you want a TV that comes with speakers that are loud, then you should check the audio output which is rated in watts. This can include options like 20 watts, 40 watts, 60 watts, and even higher where a higher rating results in louder audio output. But if you want the best audio output from your TV while watching, you should get an external audio output device like one of the following:

Bookshelf Speakers

The most simple and basic yet a highly effective audio upgrade for your TV can be to get a pair of bookshelf speakers. Even though these do not offer any surround sound support or come with other bells and whistles, you will surely get an excellent audio detail and soundstage from your TV.

These are much better than the inbuilt speakers of your TV while being quite easy to set up and connect to your TV. While some of these come with a separate woofer unit, others do not, which is something that you need to keep in mind before getting a pair of such speakers. Just like the internal speakers of your TV, you should also check the audio output in wattage to get an idea of the loudness.

Home Theatre Speakers

While there are a lot of audio output devices available for use along with TVs, a home theatre speakers system is considered to be the ultimate audio solution. As per the name, these speakers give you a theatre-like experience right at your home when it comes to the audio output from your TV.

They can do this since you get multiple audio channels from it, including options like 5 audio channels, 7 audio channels, and even higher. Because of this many audio channels, such home theatre speakers can offer you a surround sound effect like 5.1 surround or 7.1 surround sound for an immersive experience and more realistic sound effects while watching your movie.

Although, in most cases, you will also need an AV receiver along with your TV for using a home theatre speaker as we have mentioned later on in this article.

Soundbars

As mentioned earlier, a home theatre speakers system is the best option for getting the best sound output from your TV. Unfortunately, these take up a lot of space which means that using one in a small room is not possible. And as for bookshelf speakers, they do not offer any surround sound effect making them inferior to home theatre speakers.

This is where a soundbar comes into play. Just per the name, a soundbar is essentially a bar that has multiple speakers inside it. You can also find external woofer units along with soundbars that are generally wireless for easily setting one up in your living room or bedroom. Because these soundbars have multiple speakers, they can offer a virtual surround sound effect like 5.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound.

These offer an experience quite similar to a home theatre speaker despite being a single audio unit. And since you do not even need an AV receiver unit with most soundbars, they are a highly practical option if you want the best audio out of your TV while watching movies and TV.

TV Headphones

If you want privacy while watching TV or do not want to disturb others while enjoying your sports match, then using a pair of headphones along with your TV makes a lot of time. But using a wired pair of headphones is not the most practical option since you have to sit close to your TV and a long cable will cause a mess.

And while you can use Bluetooth headphones along with your TV, they have latency issues which is the last thing you would want while watching movies or TV shows. This is where TV headphones come into play since they are made, especially for using along with a TV with latency in mind.

Most of these use RF signals and offer various TV oriented features along with a headphone docking unit in most cases, making them ideal for use along with your TV.

Ideal TV Placement

As you would expect, getting a great image quality from your TV is the most important thing as it is its primary function. But, if you want to fully enjoy your TV and get the best viewing experience out of it, it is highly important to get the right and ideal placement for your TV. There are various ways as well as places to mount or place down your TV where you would watch it, including the following options:

Table Stand

The most common option for placing and installing a TV in your home is to simply use the included table stand for making the TV stand on top of any TV table that you might have already have at home. Depending on the type of design of the TV that you have, this design usually looks elegant with thin bezels TV that you might want to place in your living room. Although, it is not the safest approach since you can accidentally knock down your TV.

Wall Mount

Another way to mount your TV inside your home, especially if you want to use it in your bedroom is to mount it on the wall. While the whole design of the TV might not be visible, it surely takes up less space since there is no table required for using the TV. Such a wall mount looks great with TVs that have either a frame-like design or wallpaper design since the TV can be mounted flush against the wall.

Another great thing about this type of mounting is that the TV gets highly secured and cannot be dropped on accident. Although, depending on the type of wall mount you are using, accessing the input and output ports on the back might be an issue.

Outdoors TVs

While almost all of the TV models available in the market are made for indoors usage in either your living room or bedroom, a few models are also made for outdoor usage. Such outdoors TVs are generally weatherproof, that means that they are protected against the heat, cold, rain, snow, and various other environmental factors.

You can even expect higher brightness levels from such outdoors TVs so that you can watch one even on a bright and sunny day. These types of outdoor TVs can be a great pick if you want a TV for your backyard and watch it right there.

Design and Form Factor

Although it does not affect the image quality or the performance of your TV, you should still check the design and form factor. It is quite important to confirm that your TV has a design that goes great along with your home aesthetics. Generally, TV models with thin bezels are considered to give a very modern appeal.

Some TV models are also extremely thin and look like a wallpaper TV. A few models have larger borders that make them look like a picture frame that allows you to use the TV as an ambient picture frame when not in use. You can go with either of these designs while keeping your home’s interior in your mind.

Power Consumption

While buying a new TV, a lot of people check only the hardware and software features offered by it. Even though these are the things that affect the image quality and the overall user experience, you should also check the power consumption of your TV. This is important for two reasons that include lowering your carbon footprint by getting an efficient TV set as well as lowering your electricity bills by going with a TV that has a low power consumption rating.

Just like any other appliance in your home, the power consumption of your TV is given in watts or W. It mainly depends on the size of your TV, brightness of the panel, as well as whether you are using the inbuilt speakers or not. You can find different power consumption ratings like 50 watts, 100 watts, and even 150 watts depending on the TV model that you get where a lower rating is generally better if they have the same screen size and brightness output.

Accessories

After going through all of the different factors and points related to TVs mentioned in this article, you should have selected just the right one for you. But if you want to get the most out of your brand new TV, then there are a lot of accessories that you can for your TV. While some of these are highly essential, others add additional functionality which might not be for everyone. In either case, make sure to consider the following accessories if you are getting a new TV for your home:

AV Receiver

If you want to connect external audio devices to your TV or connect any other video device, then it is generally recommended to get an AV Receiver for your TV. As per the name, such a device allows you to connect both audio and video devices.

And then, this single device gets connected to your TV which allows you to easily use all of your devices with your TV without needing to change cables from one place to another. This is highly important to get if you want to make a home theatre speaker setup using your own custom speakers and woofers.

You should check the supported resolution, audio channels, and a number of ports given by your AV Receiver before buying one.

Surge Protector

Whenever you are installing a new TV in your home, it is highly likely that you will add multiple devices along with it. This can include things like speakers, streaming devices, gaming consoles, lights, and various other things. But before you can use all of these things, you will also need to power them up.

Such a high number of devices requires a lot of power ports right next to your TV. This is where a surge protector comes into play since most of them come with 4 or 6 power sockets so that you can easily power all of your devices.

UPS

While a surge protector helps to protect all of your devices from any kind of electrical disturbance, it cannot help in the case of a power cut. The last thing you want while watching a movie is a power cut which can interfere in your movie-watching experience.

In such a case, you can consider getting a UPS for your TV that can offer power backup so that you can watch your movie or TV show in peace. And unlike a generator, the power from a UPS is uninterrupted, which means that your TV will not restart while switching to the batteries of your UPS or once your generator or inverter starts supplying power.

Cables

As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of devices that get used along with your TV for the best overall experience. But to use these devices, you need to give them power as well as connect them to your TV. Because of this, you will need a lot of cables for your TV and its companion devices.

This can include cables like HDMI cables, optical cables, audio cables, and various other ones. It is generally recommended to get the right length that you can comfortably connect your devices to your TV. Another thing to consider is the version of the cables should be the same as the ports. For example, if your TV has an HDMI 2.0 port, then your cables should also be HDMI 2.0 for getting the best results.

Streaming Devices

Even though a lot of the modern TV models in the market come with a smart operating system installed in them like Android, TizenOS, WebOS, or any other, some of you might be interested in adding more functionality to your TV. In that case, you should get a streaming device for your TV.

As per the name, a streaming device allows you to stream content to your TV via the internet. This can include streaming and watching movies and TV shows whenever you like. Some of the common streaming devices include Chromecast, Firestick, Nvidia Shield, and various others. You can choose either of these as per your feature needs and viewing requirements.

Gaming Consoles

There are a lot of TV users out there who love to play games on their TV because of the larger screen size, higher resolution, excellent image quality, and various other things. While you can play Android games on an Android smart TV, that is not the best option for having the best gaming experience on your TV.

In such a case, getting a gaming console like an Xbox, PlayStation, or a Nintendo Switch. These offer great graphics that will look great on your new TV for offering a great gaming experience to you.

Universal Remote Controller

There are a lot of devices in most homes that all use a remote controller. Because of this, you end up having a lot of remote controllers all-around your home. In some cases, you might even end up losing one of them, which can be a big issue.

To prevent this, you can get a universal remote controller that can be used for all the devices that you have at your home, including your TV. You can use it to change volume, switch channels, change video devices, and perform a lot of functions on your TV.

Cleaning and Maintenance

If you are buying a great looking TV that offers the best resolution, HDR, excellent colors, high contrast levels, and various other things, keeping it the same way over a long period of time is highly important. In other words, cleaning and maintaining your TV is quite important, especially when it comes to cleaning the panel of your TV. Thus, you should keep a cleaning liquid at your home and regularly clean your TV using it.

HDMI Switch

As stated earlier in this article, most TVs get used along with various other devices that add further functionality to the device. But since a lot of these devices use up an HDMI port on the back of your TV, resulting in a lack of HDMI ports in your TV.

To overcome this issue, you can simply get an HDMI switch for your TV that can add a lot of additional HDMI ports to your TV for connecting various devices. As per the name, you can also easily switch between the different HDMI ports whenever needed.

Ambient Lighting

While watching a movie, you might close the blinds or even turn off the light for an immersive experience. This gives you a similar experience to a movie theatre right at your home. But since a TV emits light, unlike a projector screen, watching a TV in the dark is the best option for you and your eyes.

To prevent such issues, you should add ambient lighting in your TV. These are essentially LED lights behind your TV that light up the wall behind it, giving it a soft glow making the TV easy on your eyes. In most cases, you adjust the brightness as well as the color of these lights as per your liking, which is always good.

Reliability

If you are in the market for a new TV for your home, then you must have seen that most of them are quite expensive. This is especially true for those TVs that offer a lot of high-end features to the consumer. In such a case, you would want your brand new TV to last for a long time without any issues. As a result, buying a reliable TV that will not have any issues right away is highly important. While there are a lot of factors and things that affect the reliability of a TV, here are two of the most important factors that you should consider buying a reliable TV:

TV Brand

The easiest and simplest thing you can check to ensure that you are getting a reliable TV is to get your TV from a reputable and popular TV brand. Even though you can find quite a cheap TV with a lot of features from a small and unknown brand, that is not the best idea.

Such smaller TV brands might be new in the market with poor customer service, bad quality TV panels, improper warranty terms and conditions, as well as various other issues. Therefore, you should only buy a new TV from a reputable brand, especially if you are getting a premium one. Some of the most popular and reputable TV brands include the following:

LG

Sony

Samsung

OnePlus

Onida

Panasonic

VU

Sanyo

TCL

MI

Kodak

Shinco

Micromax

iFFalcon

Nokia

Warranty

Another thing that you can check to get a reputable and reliable TV is to look for the warranty period offered along with your TV. As you would expect, most TV brands offer at least a 1-year long warranty with their TV sets which is a must-have so that you can get your TV fixed if there are any issues with it.

Other than this, you can also find TV models with longer warranty periods like a 2 year long or a 3-year long warranty which are much better than standard TVs when it comes to the reliability of your TV. In a few cases, you can also find different warranty periods for the TV and its panel since getting the panel of your TV replaced without a warranty can be highly expensive.

Things to Avoid

Till now, we have mentioned all of those things that you need to keep in mind and factor in before buying a new TV for your home or office. But there are a few features and things that you should avoid before getting a new TV.

While such features are great for marketing, most of them are obsolete, and you will never use them. Some of them can even affect your viewing experience or even cost you more money. Thus, make sure to avoid the following features while getting a new TV:

Curved TVs

As you would have seen, most TVs these days are flat-screen TVs, including both budget as well as high-end ones. This is due to a simple reason that a flat TV offers an even surface for the TV panel. Because of this, flat TVs can easily offer great viewing angles as well as even backlighting due to the even panel surface.

Although, there are also a few TV models out there that come with a curved design. Such TVs have a panel that is curved towards the inside, making them one of the coolest TVs to look at. Unfortunately, such TVs are only good for aesthetics in your home and not for image quality. If you have more than 1 person watching your TV at the same time from different angles, then a curved TV will offer a poor experience.

This is simply due to the reason that curved TVs have limited viewing angles because of the panel properties as well as because of the shape of the TV. Another issue found in such TVs is uneven backlighting, and even backlight bleed issues.

3D TVs

A 3D TV is not a new thing by any means since they have been around for quite a long time. But even then, 3D TVs never got popular, and most modern TVs do not even come with 3D support. Unfortunately, neither 3D movies nor 3D TV shows are readily available, and you will only find a limited number of movies in 3D.

Even though movies get released in 3D in movie theatres, they are not available for home consumption in most cases. In other words, there is no point of getting a 3D TV as you will be paying for something that you cannot use while watching most movies and TV shows.

4:3 TVs

Most of the modern TVs that you will find in the market have an aspect ratio of 16:9, which is more or less the standard when it comes to TVs. This is a trend because of the reason that most media out there has an aspect ratio of either 16:9 or 21:9 whether it is movies, TV shows, sports, news, gaming on a console, or TV channels.

While 16:9 media files will fit just right on a 16:9 screen, 21:9 content will have slight black bars on the top and bottom. Thankfully, these black bars are quite not very big and not distracting at all. On the other hand, with a 4:3 TV, you will get black bars while watching either 16:9 or 21:9 media files.

And this gets an issue, especially when you are watching a 21:9 movie on a 4:3 screen since the bars are quite big. In other words, even though there are no modern 4:3 aspect ratio TVs out there, you should stay away from one at all costs since most movies are made in 21:9 aspect ratio, and your viewing experience will be unpleasant.

Extended Warranty

Because most smart TVs with all the bells and whistles are quite expensive, you will find a lot of TV brands out there that offer an extended warranty program. As you can tell by the name, such a program allows you to have a much longer warranty with your TV. Generally, people find such extended warranty programs quite attractive and opt-in for one.

Unfortunately, most of these come at a cost and are quite expensive for most cases. Thankfully, you do not need an extended warranty with most modern TVs since they are highly reliable and do not have any breakdowns within the extended warranty period anyways. Thus, it is better to spend the extra money on accessories on your TV instead of getting an extended warranty program.

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