These days a good percentage of homeowners own at least one television set. Now a standard appliance along with the stove top and fridge, TVs come in various shapes, sizes and features.
Tech innovations have brought us the Smart TV and with manufacturers continuously producing new models each season, I find it a bit challenging what to buy and not to mention figuring things out like how big is a 24 inch TV, really?
Considering several factors such as room size, budget, and personal viewing needs, here are a few other tips to have in your back pocket if you are thinking of upgrading to a new set like I have.
#1 Space and Size Consideration
Bigger is not always better. Sure, no one has ever really complained about having such a large screen to enjoy shows on, but how big do you really want to go? When I was looking at TV sets I was sorely tempted to just get the biggest one in the store but I had to stop and think about the space the TV was going into. The model I was looking at was meant to go into the spare guest bedroom and since it wasn’t the largest space with the bed and the wardrobe taking up a lot of the room already, I found that opting for a set that was proportionate to the room was a better choice. Measure your space and the TV you are eyeing to see if you are making the right decision.
#2 Ultra HD Matters
Streaming platforms are now offering the best quality shows and films. To enjoy them, not only is it important to get a good sized TV essential, it also pays to pick one that offers the best picture quality. Right now the hottest one in the market is a 4K Ultra HD that gives the clearest and crispest images. It’s almost like you’re standing right next to Chris Hemsworth! Compare
#3 Think About the TV Depth
Just about every manufacturer is churning out slim models. There are still many that have sets with a “bump” on the back. Hands down the biggest benefit of a streamlined LED or OLED TV is how it allows for a tighter fit and a flush to the wall appearance making your TV set part of the wall art. If you are mounting on the bracket that swivels, expect it to make the television a bit chunkier. If you are pressed for space and will be mounting near foot traffic, you may want to find the slimmest options in the market to reduce the odds of people accidentally bumping into it.
#4 Viewing Angles
I used to find portraits that follow you wherever you stand a bit creepy. It was only after looking at so many TV models in the store that I learned to appreciate it. Why? There are some sets that sadly have viewing angle problems. Unlike the Mona Lisa, you have to sit directly in front to get the best view. It is important when buying a set to check it from all angles to see if there are any distortion or angle issues.
#5 Go for a Smart TV
Granted that Smart TVs and devices are a little bit pricier than their basic counterparts but there are so many ingenious uses to a Smart system nowadays. By switching to a Smart TV I’ve been able to stream my favorite shows, display some photos which I can then use as a virtual photo album. I’ve also managed to check on my mail, video call, and update social media just by switching on my television.
These factors are considerably simple but have been very useful when I found myself unable to decide what to get. At the end of the day you will be the one who has to live with the TV choice you made so don’t let the salesperson make the selection for you.