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TV Buying Guide

Our TV buying guide is here to help you learn more about TV screen sizes, picture quality, screen types and installation.

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TV Screen size

Get the most from your TV by finding the sweet spot; the perfect balance between screen size and distance from the screen.

Screen quality

The more pixels a TV has, the greater viewing experience you will get. 4K TVs have 8 million pixels, 6 million more than HD.

Screen Quality - all you need to know

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Why choose 4K?

Not only do 4K TVs have 6 million more pixels than HD models, the higher resolution also means vastly enhanced brightness, colour, clarity and image sharpness. You also get a wider sweet spot, meaning everyone gets a great view of the screen. Some 4K TVs may have HDR for an even better picture.


And what exactly is HDR?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It combines enhanced brightness and colours to create a more vivid and vibrant picture, thanks to better pixel quality. It gives images a realistic and lifelike, making HDR a popular choice for gamers and film lovers. It's also a must-have feature of all 4K Certified Ultra HD TVs...


So, what's 4K Certified Ultra HD?

TVs that are certified Ultra HD go one step further. Every single pixel in a certified Ultra HD TV is red, green or blue, resulting in peak brightness and deeper blacks. They also have to include HDR.

Want to find out more about 4K TVs? Visit our 4K TV guide to see the difference the best quality TV screens can make to your vieiwing experience.

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Screen types

When it comes to screen types, the main choice is between LED and OLED.

Screen types - all you need to know

LED

LED (light emitting diode) is the most commonly used TV screen on the market. It uses LED lights across the back, or edges of a TV to light the screen.

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OLED

OLED is a TV technology used by LG and instead of using a backlight, the screen pixels create their own light. This controls light levels better than other screens and offers deep colours, smooth visuals and a more vibrant picture.

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Curved TVs

Some LED TVs feature a curved screen, which offers an immersive display, a greater field view and more sense of depth.

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Smart TV

Smart TVs are smart because they can be connected to the internet and have features that aren't available on a standard TV.

What I can do with a smart TV?

They let you access streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer, while some can also use social media and video apps such as Facebook and YouTube.

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Smart TV guide

Still not sure what a smart TV is? Find out more about how it works, what content you can watch and how to get the most of your smart TV with our handy guide.

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TV setup

Need helping setting up your TV? We've got your cables and connections covered, as well as all you need to know on TV stands and wall mounting brackets.

TV connections guide

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LAN - The socket that connects your TV to your router via a wired Ethernet cable. Perfect if your TV isn't Wi-Fi enabled. Having a wired internet connection can be faster than connecting wireless, with a smoother viewing experience when streaming from on-demand apps.

HDMI - High definition connection to your DVD and Blu-ray players, set top boxes and games consoles. Connects through HDMI cables and most TVs will have more than one HDMI socket.

Optical - The port for audio connections. Mostly used for sound bars and speakers.

AV - Connects to devices, similarly to HDMI, but only in standard definition.

USB - Lets you connect your TV to your phone or tablet.

Wi-Fi - There isn't a port for Wi-Fi. If your TV is Wi-Fi enabled, you should be able to connect to the internet during the setup of your TV.

TV stands and units

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  • The main considerations when choosing a TV stand are height and width.
  • The TV should stand at a height that makes for comfortable viewing; not too high and not too low.
  • Your TV unit should be at least 3 inches wider than your TV, but not so big that your TV looks small on the stand.

TV wall mounting

Most TVs can be wall mounted. The brackets you need depend on the width and weight of your TV. There are also different types of brackets with different features.

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TV bracket guide

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Why wall-mount a TV? - Wall mounting a TV not only looks good in your lounge, but saves space as well. You can also avoid glare and get the best viewing position by adjusting the angle.

Width - VESA, the industry standard for TV brackets, have developed a set of rules for choosing width. This is based on the distance between the wall mounting holes on the back of your TV. You can shop by these sizes using our handy picker, which makes finding the right size easy.

Weight - It's important to check that a bracket can support the weight of your TV. You can find the weight number on all our TVs, and all brackets should have a listed weight limit.

Types of bracket

Flat-to-wall - As the name suggests, flat-to-wall brackets are fixed to the wall and don't have extending arm. They sit flush to the wall, but you aren't able to adjust the viewing angle.


Tilting - A tilting bracket can flex horizontally, meaning you can adjust the viewing angle depending on glare or lighting. This means they don't sit entirely flat to the wall, but generally don't have a long extendable arm.


Tilt and swivel - These brackets can move both horizontally and sideways, giving you even more viewing adjustment. They tend to have a longer extendable arm, and some models include a base for extra safety and support.


Multi-positional - The most flexible type of TV bracket. They offer the most positional movement, allowing to find the very best angle to suit when and how you want to watch. These brackets can be larger as they need to cover a wider space on the wall.

TV Installation View our TV installation services

Did you know we can install your TV for you? Whether you just want help with general setup or your TV wall mounting, we can help.

Additional TV help

Need more help choosing your new TV, or want to complete the home entertainment experience? Here's more guides and help that you might find useful.

4K TV guide

Discover the difference 4K makes.

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Home cinema guide

Get the complete home entertainment experience.

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Argos TV tech support

Need a manual? We've got it covered.

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