10 Quick Tips For Buying A Brand New TV

Keeping up with fast moving developments in the world of TV technology is a bit like a dog chasing its own tail. You can spend a lot of good cold cash on the latest viewing wonder only to discover a month later there's something bigger and better on the horizon. But don't despair. We've put together a quick guide to keep you as up to date as possible and help you stay abreast of the latest technological leaps and bounds in the TV market place.


HDR. LED. OLED. Smart TV. 4K?

Lets face it--for most consumers--price and the size of the screen will be the two most dominating factors affecting their choice of purchase. And they will be spoilt for choice. Screens between 30" and 110" are the most prolific in our shops and are available in light-emitting mode (LED) and as LCD HD standard models.


Prices for the smaller sets (32 inch) can be had for somewhere around £100+ and besides being ideal for the bedroom are technically okay and deliver an adequate picture and sound. Yet the bigger the room the bigger the set, and the larger the screen the higher the price. But with a bit of shopping around with eyes peeled for a bargain 50 to 55 inch screens can still be had for around £300.


It's all about the budget

If you're pockets are deep enough you can always splash out on an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV. These sets offer a far richer picture with a much deeper black. The extra viewing pleasure luxury comes with its price. A 55-inch HD OLED will hit your bank balance at around £1300 upwards. But with more stores and brands jumping aboard the OLED band wagon prices are expected to level off soon and will eventually start to plummet.


Meanwhile, manufacturers continue to push the Ultra HD and 4K formats, which come with 4x the pixels of your average HDTV. Prices for the 4K sets are around £300+ for a set with a 50" screen--slightly more expensive than a HD model. The latest trend seems to be heading towards an array of new labels; HDR, Ultra HD Premium, Dolby Vision--all permutations of the Ultra HD format with improved colours and contrast--with a price that reflects the increase in viewing quality.


Quick Tips


  • Make sure the TV has a resolution of at least 1080p
  • Don't buy a TV with a refresh rate lower than 129 Hz
  • If you want your new TV to still be relevant in 5 years time--consider a 4k Ultra HD
  • OLED TVs look better than the LED LCD models but they come with a higher price tag.
  • Don't be fooled into thinking a smart TV is something special. These days, most TVs are 'smart'
  • To keep completely up-to-date look around for sets that are HDR compatible.
  • Thin screen speakers can be under par so think about getting an external sound system
  • Don't rely on the manufacturers ratio specs--it's always better to trust your own eyes
  • 4 HDMI ports are absolute minimum.
  • Curved screens are a fleeting fad that do nothing to improve image quality


This is not an in-depth list. Rather its designed to be an overview of the main points you should remember when you set off to buy a new TV. As with everything technical and potentially costly--more research is advised.

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