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TV Buying Guide

Find the perfect way to watch with our TV buying guide.

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Screen Size

To get the most from your viewing experience you need to find the sweet spot; the perfect balance between size and distance from the screen.

Screen Size - all you need to know

  • TV size is measured diagonally in inches and we offer models from 20 inches up to 75 inches.
  • Generally, a screen over 40 inches is the preferred choice for a main TV in the living room, while anything smaller is perfect for other rooms like the bedroom, kitchen or conservatory.
  • 4K TVs provide a much larger sweet spot due to the increased quality of the picture.

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up to 32 32 to 43 49 to 55 60+
 

Picture Quality

Screen quality is all about the pixels. The more pixels a TV has, the better viewing experience you will receive.

Screen Quality - all you need to know

Ultra HD

A 4K Ultra HD screen has 8 million pixels - 6 million more than full HD. This higher resolution vastly enhances brightness, colour, clarity and image sharpness.

Certified Ultra HD

TVs with the Certified Ultra HD or 4K HDR Ultra HD logos offer the 'true' Ultra HD experience. Certified Ultra HD is the logo used by Digital Europe, representatives of the digital technology industry in Europe, to guarantee that a TV has genuine 4K quality.

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High Dynamic Range

Also known as HDR, High Dynamic Range combines enhanced brightness and enhanced colours to create an incredibly vivid and vibrant picture. With a higher pixel count and higher pixel quality, HDR lets images appear realistic and lifelike, and will particularly improve a gaming experience.

Find out more with the 4K TV buying guide

Make the most of your favourite sports

Make the most of your favourite sport and maximise gaming experience by looking out for the features below that increase the speed of colour and movement changes on-screen.

Motion Rate

This is how fast your TV processes changes on screen. The motion rate, or refresh rate, is measured in hertz (hz) and the faster the motion rate, the smoother and more detailed movement will be.

Response Time

This is the speed in which a TV's pixels can change colour. The faster a TV can do this, the clearer movement and change is on screen and the less blur you will see.

 

Screen Types

When it comes to screen types, the main choice is between LED and LCD, but we also offer OLED and curved screens.

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

Curved TVs offer an immersive display if you are sitting close, as well as greater field of view and more sense of depth.

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Smart TVs and
Streaming

A smart TV gives you access to the shows you love with catch up and on demand. You can add even more content with apps and access social media.

Smart TVs - all you need to know

How it works

With a smart TV, you'll get a range of apps and features that let you watch TV on demand. Simply connect your TV to your Wi-Fi and you'll be able to start streaming. Some services will be free, like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and All 4, while others like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, require a subscription. Some smart TVs may be able to use social and video apps like Facebook and Youtube.

 

Smart phone compatibility

Some smart TVs let you connect your TV to your phone. This lets you use your phone as a remote, or view content from your phone on your TV, such as holiday snaps or videos. Android smartphones work using the Miracast service, and Apple TV has a similar feature for iPhones.

 

Smart sticks and smart boxes

A smart stick or smart box can make a standard TV smart, and even add extra functionality to a smart TV. These devices plug into your TV through the HDMI port and contain an array of apps and features.

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Freeview Play

Freeview Play is the latest offering from Freeview and gives you access to 70 regular and 15 HD channels, as well as on demand content, all for free. If your TV has Freeview Play, all you need is a tuned TV, with a working aerial, and a working internet connection.

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Sound Bars and Home Cinema Systems

Adding a sound bar or home cinema system can add a richer, deeper sound experience, for ultimate immersion in what you're watching.

Sound Bars

Most sound bars consist of a bar and sub woofer, which go under the TV and can be wall mounted.

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Home Cinema Systems

Enjoy the full, real surround sound experience in your home. Usually with around 6 speakers, and a sub woofer, they allow for the most immersive sound experience.

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Connections and Installation

When your new TV arrives, you'll need to get it up and running and connected to all of your devices.

TV Installation

We offer a range of TV installation options, where an engineer will come out to you and fit your TV.

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HDMI and USB

HDMI is the most common port needed for games consoles, DVD, Blu Ray players, while USB is mostly used to connect smartphones.

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Wall Brackets

If you're going to wall mount your TV yourself, you'll need to choose wall brackets that fit your model.

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TV stands

Display your TV with a stand that complements your room.

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Argos Tech Support

Need help or have any questions? Contact the Argos Tech Support team.

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