TV Buying Guide 2021 : 10 Things to Consider

You may get confused when it comes to choosing the new TV. There a lot of choice available on the market for TV. Which TV is the one that you should choose? Let’s take a look at the 10 important things to consider when you consider to purchase a new TV.

1. Display Technology

LG C1

LG C1

In 2021, we can find that there are two main technology for display : OLED and LED. OLED is best when it comes to perfect black since its pixels can be completely powered off, while LED is better when it comes to peak brightness. LG and Sony are two major manufacturers of OLED TV. While LED are widely offered by most TV manufacturers. For similar screen size options and comparable specs, LED TV are usually lower in price than OLED TV.

Which one to choose : It’s about your preference. If you are looking for perfect black and infinite contrast then LG OLED is your choice. But if you are looking for better peak brightness or you simply have more limited budget, then LED TV is the one that you should choose.

2. Screen Resolution

While we can still find 1080p Full HD and 720p HD, most of the TVs offered by manufacturer in 2021 are in 4K UHD and 8K UHD resolution. 4K UHD resolution offers more excellent picture clarity as It can shows 4 timers as many pixels as 1000p Full HD resolution. 8K UHD is even more excellent as it can brings four times the number of pixels as 4K that means 16 more pixels than 1080p Full HD TV. For sure 8K UHD TV is normally offered at the higher price than 4K UHD TV and 4K UHD TV is more expensive than 1080p Full HD TV.

Which one to choose : Screen resolution is closely related to screen size options. You need better resolution for better clarity for larger screen size options. 1080p Full HD is still able to delivers excellent picture clarity for up to 40-Inch screen size options, while for 43-Inch to 65-Inch screen size options you need 4K UHD resolution to enjoy the best clarity. For larger screen size options like 75-Inch, 85-Inch or larger, 8K UHD is your best choice.

3. Screen Size

Each TV series offered by manufacturer usually comes with few screen size options. For 4K UHD TV series, we can find that 55-Inch, 65-Inch and 75-Inch are the most common screen size options. We can also find 43-Inch, 50-Inch and 85-Inch are also available for some 4K TV series. For 8K UHD resolution TV series, we can find also find larger screen size options such as 85-Inch, 86-Inch and 88-Inch besides 75-Inch and 65-Inch screen size options.

Which one to choose : Screen size is closely related to your room size and where you will place your TV. You should consider the viewing distance. If you are looking for bedroom TV, I’m sure that you need a smaller TV. It will be even smaller if you are looking for kitchen TV.

4. Brands

Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, TCL and Hisense are major TV brands that offer wide range of TV series (especially in the US). Samsung offers 4K and 8K LED TV (Neo QLED, QLED and standard LED TV), Sony offers LED and OLED TV in both 4K and 8K resolution, Vizio offers more affordable LED TV and recently also offers OLED TV. Vizio LED and OLED TV are currently available in 4K UHD resolution only. We can also find that TCL and Hisense offer more affordable LED TV in 4K UHD and 8K UHD resolution.

Which one to choose : Brand is about preference. Samsung, Sony and LG can be called as the premium brands that usually offer more expensive TVs than Vizio, TCL and Hisense. So if you are looking for the best quality then you can go ahead with Samsung, Sony and LG, but if your budget is quite limited then Vizio, TCL and Hisense also offer good TV lineup.

5. Price

Price is one of the most important factor when we are looking for new TV. We need to count our budget before we decide which kind of TV that we should choose. OLED TV is typically more expensive than LED TV for similar screen size option, while better resolution also means higher price (8K UHD vs 4K UHD). For sure, the larger screen size options then the price is also higher. Different Brands are also different in price. TCL and Hisense are usually offered at the lower price than the premium like Samsung, Sony and LG.

Which one to choose : You can set your budget first then you can define your requirement. For similar price, you can find larger screen size option with different TV series or different TV brands.

6. Operating System

Most of TVs introduced in 2021 are smart TV. The operating system integrated with the smart TVs are different. There are four main operating systems for smart TV nowadays : Google TV/Android TV, Roku TV, TIZEN OS and WebOS. Google TV/Android TV are used mainly by : Sony, TCL and Hisense. Roku TV is mainly used by TCL. Samsung mainly used TIZEN OS while LG smart TVs usually use WebOS.

Which one to choose : Operating system are basically similar in their main functions. But we indeed find that their additional functions are different. So it’s about your preference. If you love Google TV/Android TV then you can go ahead with Sony, TCL or Hisense, if you like Roku TV then TCL is the brand that offer built-in Roku TV,

7. Refresh Rate and Motion Technology

Refresh rate and its related motion technology are important especially when we use the TV as our gaming monitor or when we are watching our favorite action movies and sports. It’s a good idea to choose TV with 120Hz native refresh rate for better gaming experience. It’s also more excellent with more advanced gaming technology such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), FreeSync and G-Sync.

Which one to choose : Refresh rate and motion technology are closely related to price. So if you are looking for 120Hz native refresh rate and more advanced gaming technology such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), FreeSync, G-Sync then you have to prepare more budget.

8. Inputs

We need to know the number of HDMI and USB inputs on the TV that we are interested in. The more HDMI/USB inputs, then the more we can attach devices simultaneously. We also need to know what is the built-in Wireless and ATSC integrated with our next TV. In 2021, some TVs already come with WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV). WiFi 6 allows us to enjoy faster internet connection while NextGen TV allows us to enjoy 4K HDR OTA (Over the Air) entertainment.

Which one to choose: It’s a good idea to count the number of HDMI and USB ports that you need on your next TV to know which TV series that you should choose. TVs with WiFi 6 and NextGen TV is usually higher in price so if you are interested in WiFi 6 and NextGen TV then you should prepare more budget.

9. Warranty

Most of TVs come with 1 year warranty. But we may find that some special series have longer warranty. We can also purchase additional warranty that give us longer warranty for our new TV.

Which one to choose : Most TVs come with 1 year warranty. If you are interested in longer warranty then you should purchase additional warranty. Some special series come with longer warranty that you can also consider if you are looking for that.

10. Lineup Year

Each year, most TV manufacturers release their new TV lineup. The newer lineup usually comes with improvements from the older one. So it’s a good idea to choose the most recent lineup. But we can also find that the series from the most recent lineup is usually higher in price than comparable series from older lineup.

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