Of course it wasn’t always as such as there was not much to the original televisions to really differentiate between the different models other than size.
Modern televisions are packed with various features beyond size and different elements can vary greatly between those of the same size. Therefore, understanding the features and aspect of modern television technology can help ensure that you get the best television possible for your specific circumstances. Some are better in the main room and some in the bedroom or for gaming.
Going the Distance With 4K
One of the key features to understand is the advent of 4K or Ultra HD. The standard resolution is 1080p or 1080 pixels with progressive scan. What this means in viewing terms is a sharper picture over older or lesser resolution models.
It also means more of the action is transferred to the screen faster and with more clarity. In a 4K television, the resolution is much higher. Upwards close to being 4000 pixels, while still using progressive scan.
This is a significantly higher resolution, hence the name Ultra High Definition or Ultra HD. The only real down side is currently, open air programming is limited to below 4K and some companies such as cable companies only offer HD content and not Ultra HD. The only way to get Ultra HD content is through a Ultra HD BlueRay player.
However, this situation will not last long as more and more Ultra HD televisions saturate the market, more content providers will add more open air and delivered Ultra HD content.
Some gaming companies have Ultra HD games in the pipeline but as of yet, not have been released. Regardless of a lack of Ultra HD content, the picture produced, even with 1080p content is significantly sharper than those limited to just 1080p.
Five Great Ultra HD Televisions
Best 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Vizio is one of the few U.S. based manufacturers of televisions. This specific model – VIZIO Model #M43-C1 Television is 43 inches and uses smart technology for a streaming and online experience.
It has a generous contrast ratio for deep blacks and rich colors and the 4K gives it extreme resolution, even when there is no Ultra HD content.
It has built in Wi/Fi and five HDMI ports and two USB ports for plenty of expansions, as well as the standard AV suite expected. Also, the refresh rate is 120Hz effective before processing and 360 afterwards. Overall, a great television for a family room, den or bedroom.
Bets Small 4K Ultra HD TV
LG produces quality televisions, and as such, has the second largest market share after Samsung. This model – LG Electronics Model #43UF6400 Television is 43 inches, has built in Wi/Fi and more.
Designed as a 4K, this television delivers crisp and sharp pictures, even on 1080p content. The refresh rate is 120Hz before processing and double afterwards.
It has the standard AV suite and three HDMI and one USB port. The contrast ratio produces excellent colors and the streaming experience is designed to be responsive and fast. This is a great television for any room in the home or apartment.
Best 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV under $500
This 4K model – Sceptre Model #U508CV-UMK Television is 50 inches with no smart technology. This is a regular television with HDMI ports, USB ports and the normal AV suite for expansion.
It has an Ultra high contrast ratio for extreme colors. Coupled with the resolution and this television produces a fantastic picture. Great for those who only want to watch shows without the hassle of smart technology.
Best 4k TV under $600
A 50 inch offering from Vizio, this television – VIZIO Model #M50-C1 Television utilizes smart technology for an enhanced experience. It comes with a suite of applications for streaming and viewing and online functionality.
It is Ultra HD and produces up to 4K resolution. It has excellent sound quality as well. The generous contrast ratio ensures brilliant colors and deep blacks.
The refresh rate is 120Hz before processing so you don’t miss any of the action. It has multiple HDMI ports and USB ports for plenty of expansion as well as the standard kit of AV connections. This is an excellent television for the main family area in the home.
Best 4k TV for the Money (under $1000)
Samsung is the leading manufacturer of televisions in the North American Market. Using special technology to enhance the contrast ration, dim the color lacking zone all results in spectacular colors and deep, rich blacks. Coupled with the 4K resolution and the picture is just unbeatable.
The refresh rate is 120Hz before processing so you won’t miss even a second of action. The Samsung Model #UN55JU6500 Television is a smart television, therefore it comes with a suite of software applications.
When purchasing a new television, always consult the manual for optimal placement. LED televisions are not effected by lighting but lighting can have a effect on viewing from the human perspective.
Additionally, always make sure the unit is placed in a stable location as some televisions can easily be bumped and topple.