What to Look for When Buying a Television

Whether you’re looking for a huge flat-screen TV for the living room or a smaller one for the bedroom, Circuit Zone has a television for you.

We’ve got energy-saving LED TVs, Smart TVs for streaming online content, 4K TVs for ultra-high definition viewing and next-gen OLED TVs for spectacular picture quality. Here are some general considerations when looking for a TV that’ll suit your lifestyle and entertainment needs.

Picture Quality

Screen resolution contributes to the level of detail that appears on the screen, along with brightness, contrast and colour. The two resolution numbers measure picture elements left to right of the screen and top to bottom, respectively. Full HD, for example, displays 1920 x 1080 pixels, or a 1080p top-to-bottom resolution. Ultra-high definition (UHD) displays 3840 x 2160 pixels, more commonly known as 4K.

4K TVs offer spectacular picture quality, delivering more pixels than HDTV or high-end 1080p LED screens, more realistic colour and higher frame rates. A 4K UHD TV can upscale non-4K content by filling in the missing pixels, so your favourite shows, movies and games will look better than ever.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

UHD 4K TVs give you around 4 times better resolution than Full HD displays, but perhaps the biggest benefit of 4K TVs is that they're able to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. HDR gives a TV the ability to showcase visuals with brighter, more intense colours, making the images look much more realistic. With HDR you'll get colours that pop and vibrant visuals that make you feel like you're actually there. .


1. What’s the difference between LED and OLED?

LED TVs use a backlighting system of light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs, which consume less energy and last longer. As a result, LED TVs deliver crystal-clear picture whether you’re watching a movie with the lights off or catching the morning news in a sun-soaked living room.

OLED TVs deliver incredible contrast, razor-sharp clarity and wide viewing angles for spectacular images that’ll blow you away. Each pixel is a small organic light-emitting diode, eliminating the need for backlighting and allowing for a super-slim and energy-efficient design.

2. What is a curved TV good for?

If you want to go really deep into your entertainment then perhaps a curved TV is for you. The curved screen design helps to increase immersion by wrapping the image around your field of view, giving you more of a sense of depth. And let's face it -- they look pretty darned cool, even when the screen is turned off.