On the one hand, choosing a television set is a simple task: get the most expensive one you can get from the brand of your choice. On the other hand, there are many types of screen technology and related labels and analogies, which you will not forgive for feeling completely overwhelmed by it. Here is your (relatively) direct TV guide that you are going through in 2021.
As has been seen for a long time, reading reviews and even checking out TV sets in person is the best way to choose a new model for yourself – comparing one fantasy against another in a product list Better than, anyway. That said, it can certainly help to learn about some technology and jargon that manufacturers are going to pursue your way.
The main specs of a TV remain the same: the size of the screen, how heavy the television will be when you reach home, and the resolution there, how many pixels the screen is packed in and how fast it is going to be. 4K is now the norm, with 8K TVs this year (although TVs are completely expensive).
Then you have two fundamental ways of placing an image on the TV screen, which you will also see with the smartphone screen. There is a better but more expensive OLED (organic light-emitting diode), where each pixel of light is independently, cheaper and still against a very good LCD (liquid crystal display), which uses a backlight layer.
LCDs have improved in recent years with the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in various configurations, which enables them to bring sharp contrast and deeper colors to OLED.
LCD TVs are now often called LCD LED TVs or even just LED TVs, which do not make shopping decisions easy for consumers. These main two categories are now being sliced into different subgroups, with manufacturers refining their technology and the differences between technology types becoming more ambiguous.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, don’t forget the screen’s ability to balance colors so that the darkest and lightest spots are still full of detail. There are different types to think about — HDR10, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, and others — but you can find your favorite content providers and set-top boxes and match your standards by finding out which standards to match the TV. Can make life easier.
Mini-LED and MICRO-LED
As mentioned above, TV technology is getting divided into more and more subcategories and variations on one topic, with producers often following their own paths – making it more difficult to put brand against brand (as we’ve seen Having said that, comparing sets in store is one of the best ways to choose one). Keeping this in mind, we have the rise of mini-LED and micro-LED, variations on LED (an evolution of LCD itself).
The problem with LCDs that use LED backlight is that it does not provide much pixel-by-pixel illumination control. This means that you are more likely to see the manifestation of light around bright points on a dark background. To deal with this, manufacturers began to split the backlight into individually controlled small areas, so that parts of the screen could turn dark black (or a bright white) without affecting the rest of the display.
Mini-LEDs and even smaller micro-LEDs are further upgrades to the idea, making the size of individual LEDs smaller and smaller, and thus enabling more control over the picture.
You’ll see the use of both on TV sets in 2021 depending on the manufacturer, although for now the micro-LED is much less common and much more expensive (Samsung’s upcoming 110-inch model will cost a little over $ 150,000, if you Investment if desired).
In theory, micro-LED offers the benefits of LCD and OLED in a new package, and manufacturers need to be able to make the technology more affordable and more practical over time; At the moment we are going to buy sets based on all cheap options. This is the TV business, with micro-LEDs being developed by different companies under different names: Sony calls it crystal LED.
Add some quantum dots
If you’ve seen a lot at CES 2021, you might have seen manufacturers showing their own improvements on the Mini-LED-LG QNED and Samsung QLED, for example, with Q stands for ‘quantum dot’. These are ultimately variations on the same LCD LED template we saw earlier, but there is an additional layer of these quantum dots that can refine and process the colors shown on the screen and the overall contrast of the image.
This is the same pattern we’ve seen in TV technology over the years – a smart tweak of an existing technology, which has been given a new name to address some limitations. One of the major advantages of the QLED and QNED sets is the improved brightness, which is also able to overcome OLED in some cases (brightness and longitude are potential drawbacks of OLED, although manufacturers are also improving in that area).