Purchasing Television - Key points to Remember
TV is not dead. Despite the time spent on YouTube and Netflix, Television is still essential. Think about it each time when you ponder over a TV feature you don't understand. Gone are the days when CRT (The big ones with bulged back) were a contender to flat screens. Now, the competition is between screen sizes and features because the preferences have finally settled to LED which is best most option one can choose. But, if you are on a tight budget, you can still shop for LCD or Plasma. For the purpose inclusion we have included LCD, LED and Plasma.
Cheapest option available. Picture quality is decent and provides a wider viewing angle. However, increased power consumption and lack of 4K is a downside. Most companies have stopped production of 4K owing to various reasons. Plasma is suitable only for those who a very tight budget and need a big screen.
Expensive than Plasma but cheaper than LED. Offer very good picture quality. Again, not as good as LED. Power consumption is minimal and available in 720p and 1080p. The downside is that it doesn't last longer as LED. As of 2016, it is still available most major retailer but within few years, it might disappear just like Plasma
Most common. Offers in two varieties - Backlit and Edge lit. The backlit version is expensive than Edge-lit but offers much better picture quality. The only benefit of edge lit is that it is slimmer than backlit, but nowadays major brand televisions especially SONY BRAVIA have a much slimmer body. So, there is no reason to go for an Edge lit. Most 4K LEDs are backlit only.
OLED is the most recent technology. It is said to be the next big thing in Television industry after Full HD. Many believe its growth will be simultaneous along with 4K TVs. Benefits of OLED is that it offers a deeper black and much thinner. The downside is that it is expensive.