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TV buying guide

We’ve streamlined the key info you need to pick the right TV.

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TV buying guide. We’ve streamlined the key info you need to pick the right TV.

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How to choose the best TV...

Not sure where to start?

Choosing the right TV is a big decision, and a big investment. So it’s a good idea to take some time to consider the following factors:

• What will you be using your TV for?
• What size screen do you need?
• What type of screen do you want?
• Have you thought about audio?
• Will your TV be wall mounted?

This will then help you decide which screen size and type will be best suited for your needs.

TV screen sizes

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.

19 - 32 inches

Your everyday TV – great for kitchens, conservatories and bedrooms.

33 - 43 inches

A suitable size for watching everyday TV and movies, in many living rooms.

44 - 55 inches

Bigger screens for larger rooms, and for those who love sport, movies or gaming.

55+ inches

The biggest TVs for the ultimate viewing experience. Ideal for larger spaces.

TV screen types

Many models have different and multiple features, each being a benefit for different purposes. For example, HDR creates bold lifelike images for gaming, whereas QLED boosts a vibrant, colourful picture for amazing wildlife documentaries. Let us help bust through the jargon and find the best TV for you.

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Standard screens
Most TVs now include full HD (high definition) and LED (light-emitting diode) technology as a standard. These models will enhance brightness, offer crisp picture quality and create more realistic images for TV, films or gaming.

What about 4K TVs?
4K screens are now becoming more popular as they incorporate both LED and HD. But with 8 million pixels, they’re 4 times greater than full HD – giving you even sharper colours, clarity and images.

And 8K?
A few brands are now offering 8K TVs which boast 4 times the number of pixels of a 4K TV. Unsurprisingly these aren't cheap, but give you unparalleled clarity and detail. Much like when 4K TVs were introduced, it will take a while for companies to create 8K content, but for now some models use AI to upscale 4K, HD and SD content.

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Looking to upgrade?

Want more impact from your films or games? Look for ULED or NanoCell technology. Hisense have created a ULED TV which offers a brighter picture, meaning you can watch your favourite shows with crisp, clear picture clarity.

NanoCell technology incorporates both picture quality and design. LG have used NanoCell to boost more accurate, natural looking colours from every angle. Meaning you get a better picture no matter where you sit.

TV with bias lighting emanating a purple light.

Bias lighting

To enhance your viewing experience, many brands are now incorporating bias lighting. Essentially, this sits behind your TV and forms a halo around your screen, creating a soft glow, rather than one bright, direct source of light.

With a wider distribution of light, this means your pupils are not focusing on one spot. Ultimately reducing any strain or stress on your eyes and providing a more comfortable watch.

The ultimate viewing experience

TVs with OLED or QLED will also support HD, 4K and smart TV. Which means you’re getting the best viewing experience. But they also boost the sharpness and depth of colour – creating a more realistic picture.

 

What’s the difference between OLED and QLED?

OLED (organic light-emitted diode) doesn’t need the backlight of LED, as each pixel can produce its own light. QLED is similar but also uses ‘quantum dots’ across the screen, to dramatically improve the image from every angle.

Both will give you impactful contrasts of colour and superb detail, for a stunning picture.

Smart TVs

Smart TVs

Most brands now include smart TVs, where you can seamlessly stream online content and catch up on your favourite shows. They’re also easy to set-up and connect to your broadband. Find out more with our helpful smart TV guide.

The frame TV.

The frame TV

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.

Hello, Alexa

Hello, Alexa

Take your TV experience one step further. With Toshiba's Smart TV, you can use Alexa to control your TV with your voice. Along with an LED screen and 4K ultra HD display, watching those blockbuster movies couldn’t be easier.

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TV accessories

Sound bars

As TVs become more streamline, elements like internal speakers also resize to fit the space. By adding a sound bar, its multiple speakers can boost your TV’s audio, creating a crisp, clear surround sound experience.

Their slim design means they neatly tuck under your TV and easily hook into the audio port. Or connect your smart device to stream music and use your sound bar as a stereo instead. 

Still unsure? Read our sound bar guide.

How to find the right TV stand

These are a popular choice – they’re easy to move, great for storing DVDs, consoles or cables, and there are multiple options to suit your style.

Before you purchase your stand, think about the height, as this will affect the height of your TV.  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.

Which TV bracket do I need?

There are 4 types of brackets to help you securely mount your TV. 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 and don’t have an extending arm, so you won’t be able to adjust the viewing angle.

Tilting - With a small extendable arm that flexes horizontally. These don’t sit flush to the wall, but you can tilt your viewing angle depending on the glare, lighting or where you’re sat.

Tilt and swivel - These brackets move both horizontally and sideways to adjust your viewing angle. They’ll have a longer arm and some models include a base for extra safety and support.

Multi-positional - The most flexible TV bracket. They’re slightly larger to cover more space but these allow more movement to help you find the very best angle.

Extra accessories

TV set-up

Sorting out your sockets...

LAN
This connects your TV to your router. A wired internet connection can sometimes be faster, with a smoother viewing experience when streaming.

HDMI
Your high definition connection for devices like DVD players and games consoles. You’ll need an HDMI cable and most TVs will have more than one socket.

Optical
This port is for your 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

SCART connection 
Many new TVs won’t have a SCART connection, so do check the product description first. If you need to connect a SCART product, you’ll need a SCART to HDMI adaptor.

TV installation - update

TV installation - update

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