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What is a Smart TV actually, and do you need one?


Walk into any large retail store, and chances are that you will be faced with an enormous range of options when you get to the TV department! Improvements in technology have ensured that the public’s desire for a Smart TV has remained at an all-time high for years. In short, with each new model, the features just keep getting cooler, and FOMO is a real thing! Marketers and retailers know this, and go out of their way to create desire in their potential customers. So where can you get enough “real” information about Smart TV’s, that can help you make up your own mind about things? Why, right here, of course!


It shouldn’t be difficult

The numbers, resolutions and stats that marketers use to sell their Smart TVs can be confusing. Allow me to break things down for you somewhat, to help you make the best choice of Smart TV for your household and your budget. 

The dimensions that appear on the box largely refer to Show big the screen is, and how thick it is at a side view angle. Assuming that you have a more or less regularly-sized room, a 40inch TV is good choice – it is big enough not to compromise on the visual quality, but compact enough to not be overwhelming in a space. 

How thick or thin the body of the TV is will also affect other décor elements, so make sure that you buy accordingly!


All in all, it’s just a TV on a wall

Many people are fussy about how much room they will allow a TV unit to take up in a room. If you have limited floor space, or a sensitive décor scheme that cannot be marred by large visual intrusions, why not consider a wall-mounted TV? If you are the type of person who enjoys adding peripherals like speakers or gaming units to your TV, you will have to take the adjustments to you planned dimensions into account. 


It’s all about display

Smart TV’s fall into two chief display groups - LED and OLED. OLED is the higher quality option of the two, as its distinguishing feature is that each pixel has its own individual backlight. This makes dark colours appear deeper, and makes for better contrasts. OLED TVs are, in general, also thinner than LED TV’s, but with a sexy look comes a not so sexy higher price point. But you do get what you pay for, and if you are willing and able to pay a bit extra for a higher quality display, you will not regret making the investment in the best model you can afford. 


As with any large technological purchase, you will be faces with many options and choices in your TV-buying journey. Make sure that you do enough online research upfront, and if you are able to go to the store armed with any questions you may have, you can narrow down your options much more efficiently with the help of a sales assistant. 

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