The small screens of yesteryear have been replaced by massive UHD TVs. 4K Ultra HD means that even the largest televisions no longer have a grainy, pixelated look to the picture. With screens now reaching 85 inches or more, buyers have more options in size than ever before. Here are three things consumers should consider before they choose the size of their next television.
Quality Comes First
This may seem counterintuitive, but there’s no point in picking up a huge TV with beautiful picture only to have it stop working before you’re ready to replace it. Even if a lower-tier manufacturer has the same lifespan as a recognized brand, you may be giving up quality without knowing it. It may say 4K Ultra HD on the box, but a slower refresh rate or bad upscaling chip can drive down the caliber of the picture. Here are a few trusted manufacturers that still give good bang for your buck.
Choose Your Location
Before you can decide what size TV you want, look at where you’re going to put it. If it’s going to be the focal point of your family room, it can be a lot larger than one in your bedroom. Keep that in mind that screens are measured diagonally from corner to corner when you’re doing your calculations. You should also make sure you include the bezel (the “frame” of the television) when you’re measuring. In rare cases, a small screen with a wide bezel can take up more space than one with a larger screen.
4K Ultra HD has all but eliminated the problem of a pixelated image from sitting too close. Viewing distance should maximize immersion (the feeling that you’re in the middle of the action) while minimizing eyestrain. If you’re having trouble visualizing the size, you can always make a blank out of paper or cardboard and see how it looks in the space.
Consider the Weight
Weight can be the make or break issue; literally, if the mounting surface isn’t strong enough to hold your TV. While the days of heavy tube screens are no longer, massive HD screens still have significant weight. The first thing to consider is whether you want it mounted on your wall or on top of an entertainment center. Wall-mounted televisions have a simple, cleaner look and can generally be placed at a higher height. Entertainment centers give you more storage and add character to the room.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you can get the unit into place. Make sure you have the tools, ladders, and strength to install your screen. Smaller models can be affixed directly to the wall, but it’s always safest, particularly with heavier products, to mount them into the studs.
A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way
As 4K Ultra HD becomes ubiquitous, your next screen will likely be a significant upgrade over your previous one. Most products now have a comparable level of picture quality, so size can be your deciding factor. If you spend some time planning and shopping around, you can get a great deal on a TV that’s perfect for you.