TV buying guide
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Choosing the right TV is a big decision, and a big investment. So it’s a good idea to look through this television guide and take some time to consider the following factors:
- What will you be using it for?
- What size screen do you need?
- Which brand do you like?
- What type of screen do you want?
- Have you thought about sound?
- Will your TV be wall-mounted?
- What other accessories do you need?
This will then help you decide which screen size and type will be best suited for your needs.
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This depends on where your TV will be placed, what you're using it for and how many people will be watching it. The screen size is measured diagonally, from corner to corner. If your TV is going into a particular space, pay attention to the measurements of the whole TV, which are listed in the product description.
Most TVs today are smart, thin, and have great picture quality. For general-purpose use, it's easy to make a choice. But if you are looking for something perfect for your entertainment needs, you may need something more specific. From sleek OLEDs delivering rich blacks to vivid QLEDs for breathtaking colour, find just the display to elevate your viewing experience.
Most modern TVs feature full HD (high definition) and LED (light-emitting diode) technology, providing enhanced brightness, crisp picture quality, and realistic images - ideal for smaller screens and budget-savvy buyers.
Dive into the dazzling 4K at 3840 x 2160 pixels - 4 times the full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Meaning sharper colours, contrast and ultimate clarity. Once you experience it, there's no going back.
Big, better, and bursting with brilliance - 8K TVs display content in ultra-high resolution. With 4 times the pixels of 4K, they deliver incredible detail and an immersive viewing experience. Ready to be wowed?
OLED is a cutting-edge technology where every pixel produces its own light instead of relying on the backlight of LED. With enhanced picture quality, unparalleled depth and clarity, it's made to awe even the best of TV connoisseurs.
Love luminance? QLED TVs bring high luminance to your home, displaying over 1 billion colours with 100% colour volume at any brightness. It's not just a treat, it's a visual feast.
Is it a TV or is it art? It’s both. Whilst your TV is turned off, smoothly blend the screen into your décor, by picking one of the many unique designs displayed on the screen. It’s a great conversation starter and a beautiful statement piece.
Ambilight, an innovation by Philips, sits behind your TV and forms a halo around your screen, creating a soft glow that's easy on the eyes. Perfect for setting the mood for movie or game nights. Bring the popcorn, it's showtime.
Create a crisp, clear surround sound experience. As TVs become more streamlined, internal speakers also resize to fit the space. By adding a sound bar, you can boost your TV’s audio.
Neatly tuck it under your TV or turn it into a stylish speaker for your smart devices. Ready to elevate your TV audio game?
The quality of your TV-watching experience also depends on the positioning of your TV. Whether you choose to mount it on the wall or showcase it prominently on your TV unit, here's all you need to know to decide.
There are 4 types of brackets to help you securely mount your TV to the wall. Each of these will have a weight limit, so remember to check that your chosen bracket can support your TV’s weight.
Flat-to-wall - These sit flush to your wall.
Tilting - Come with a small extendable arm that flexes horizontally.
Tilt and swivel - These move both horizontally and sideways to adjust your viewing angle.
Multi-positional - The most flexible TV bracket allowing max movement for the best viewing angle.
TV units and stands
Before you purchase your stand, think about the height, as this will affect the height of your TV. Measure the depth to accommodate the TV feet. Consider the width too, does your TV have feet in the middle or at the sides? Your stand should be 3 inches wider than your TV, but not so big that your TV looks too small.
Most TV units and stands are easy to move and come with smart ways to store your DVDs, consoles or cables. Plus there are multiple options to suit your style.
Take your indoor movie nights up a level. Projectors are a great alternative if you want an additional TV in other rooms. By reflecting the light on the screen rather than emitting it, they're easy on the eyes too. Movie marathon? Bring it on.
Lightweight and easy to set up, some portable projectors are also great for outdoor viewing.
Freeview boxes and recorders
A Freeview box provides endless entertainment with a world of free-to-air channels. You can catch up on missed shows and even record your favourites for later. It's TV on your terms, giving you the flexibility to watch what you want when you want.
Most TVs today come with built-in Freeview Play. But if yours doesn't, you can conveniently bring home a set-top box to get started.
Smart TV sticks and boxes
Upgrade your regular TV into a smart powerhouse with a smart TV stick and box. Letting you stream seamlessly and giving you access to TV and movie apps, you can enjoy the smart TV experience without having to buy one.
A great solution if you're not ready to replace your existing non-smart TV just yet.
Check out these frequently asked questions:
OLED (Organic Light-emitting Diode) is a type of technology where each pixel on the screen emits its own light, leading to incredible contrast, vibrant colours and breathtaking picture quality. Also, since it doesn't need a backlight, the screen is much thinner and lighter than an LED TV.
If you're looking for exceptional picture quality, sleek design and wide viewing angles, an OLED TV would be the perfect choice. However, if you're on a tight budget or prefer more size options, you can explore LEDs.
The best OLED TV depends on your choice. Since the range comes in the premium segment, almost all options from reputed brands are worth considering as they all meet superior standards. Pick as per your size/budget/design/add-on features preference. Check customer reviews for updated insights.
The main difference between QLED (Quantum Dot LED) and OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) lies in their display technology. QLED TVs use an LED backlight and quantum dots to produce colours. On the other hand, each pixel on an OLED TV emits its own light, providing deeper blacks and better contrast. OLED generally offers more vibrant colours, wide viewing angles and a super thin screen, while QLED can be brighter and less prone to burn-in issues.
Choosing between QLED and OLED comes down to personal preferences and usage. OLED, with its brilliant contrast and deep blacks, is ideal for home theatres and dark rooms. QLED's higher brightness makes it suitable for well-lit spaces.
The brightness levels in QLED televisions make them perfect for gaming. No more closing curtains and turning off the lights to be able to see the screen, even games in the darkest settings will be easily visible. They also have a really fast refresh rate, that may be the difference between a glorious victory or a crushing defeat.
OLED TVs smooth motion technology is perfect for watching sports or fast paced TV. It prevents the image from blurring on the screen when something moves quickly, providing a much crisper picture that is easier for your eyes to follow.
A smart TV is a telly that can connect to the internet without needing any external device. It's got built-in apps so you can binge-watch your fave shows on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and more. They can also come with interactive features like voice commands. Just connect to Wi-Fi, grab your remote, and you're good to go.
To wall-mount your TV you will need to drill into the surface of the wall to fix the necessary brackets. You can do this yourself if you are confident using a drill. Alternatively, you could get a professional in to help you. They may also be able to hide the wires inside the wall, replastering the surface to conceal them completely.
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