Smart TV Buying Guide at Murmont

Smart TV Buying Guide at Murmont

Buying a new Smart TV can be a headache, with all the different types of screens sizes, resolution, refresh rates, response times, sound quality, if its 1080p, 4K, 8k OLED, QLED or the most important part your budget, how much it costs a Smart TV Costs can be the most important factor in choosing which on to buy.

What Is The Difference between LED, LCD, OLED and QLED?

Smart TV Buying Guide 4 Types of Smart TV


All these terms can be stressful but don’t worry, we are going to cover all the basics you’ll need to know when choosing your smart TV. Before getting to the finer details and technical information, we have some tips that might seem obvious but are important to consider when buying a new Smart TV.

You can easily spend a lot more money than you need to so buy what you need, read out [4 Steps To Picking A New Smart TV] to help you make a choice that suits your needs.


4 Easy Steps to pick a Smart TV


Thankfully you can get many flagship features in relatively low cost TVs but on the other hand, consider spending a bit more on a good 4k Smart TV you’ll save by not having to upgrade in the near future.

Affordable Flagship Smart TVs at Murmont

Are Smart TVs Worth It?

Something to consider is that TVs lose their value quickly because new models and upgrades are released every year. A new flagship Smart TV that cost around $2000 will depreciate to about $1200/$1300 in around 9 months’ time, so a quick tip would be to buy last year’s model or wait for the TV to go on sale where you can get bigger discounts and save more, but don’t forget about the possible extras you might need like a sound bar, TV stand our Wall mount. If your new TV has a great picture quality but poor sound then you might want to look into a sound bar and how much they cost.

Do I Need A Sound-bar or other Accessories?


Smart TV Buying Guide Soundbars


So with the basics out the way, let’s go into a bit more detail on what you need to consider when buying a TV. The size of your TV is important, there is an optimum screen size depending on the distance of the viewer to the TV which is determined by how much of your vision it fills and how the eye resolves detail. 

What Size Should Your Smart TV Be?

What size TV Should you be using?

There are many online calculators to help you find out which size is best for you. Click here to find out what size TV is best for you.

The size and distance of the TV are related to the number of pixels, With 4k TV screens being the newest standard, they have four times as many pixels which is like having four full HD screens together, meaning your Smart TV will display more rich detail in each frame.

Does Viewing Content Make A Difference? 

What Content Are You Viewing?

The only downside of a 4k Smart TV is that it is limited by what content you are viewing, although most streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and BBC iPlayer do offer 4k and HDR content, however, other non 4k and HDR content won’t be automatically rendered in 4k. There is good news though, most new Smart TVs come equipped with AI up-scaling and thanks to more advanced processing in Smart TVs this can make a big difference.

What Smart TV Is The Best For Gaming?   

Toshiba Smart TV for gaming blog graphic

If you’re into gaming then all that extra detail is perfect your immersive experience, whether you have an Xbox one X, Ps4, or the next gen console, almost all 4k TVs come with a bundle of 4k and High Dynamic Range or HDR and together the difference in picture quality is immense so you don’t have to spend a lot to get the quality you are looking for, a decent 4k HDR TV 40/42 Inch is around will cost around $250 to $400 depending on the brand.

 Types of TV Panels

This is where it gets a bit more technical, There are two main types of TV panel that are being used in modern Smart TVs, OLED and LED LCD, but you may have seen other names like the SAMSUNGs QLED or LG’s Nano Cell which are LED LCD panels but higher quality and normally come with extra features that make it worth their price.

 Wall Mounted TV blog graphic

That being said, OLED TVs tend to be the better pick of the two types because they are able to turn on and off individual pixels leaving no backlight to distort the image so you get an almost infinite contract ratio. OLED TV’s also tend to be lighter and thinner than LED LCD screens so they work well as a wall mounted TV.

The downside to OLED TV’s is price, if you’re on a budget keep in mind that these TVs tend to cost the most, don’t  get as bright, and can suffer from some image retention.

Common Causes of Image Burn

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