In my quest to be prepared for Black Friday I have scoured the leaked ads of all the major stores and I have read the reviews on cnet, wired, amazon, reviewed, and reddit. Early in my research, I quickly came to the notion that size is not the only thing to consider when choosing what TV to acquire for Christmas.
In this post, I will cover the top 5 things to consider when choosing the best TV for you and a few brands and models I am considering.
- Do you want Your TV to be SMART? What makes a TV SMART anyway? If you already own a component (WII U, Ruku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire stick, Google Chrome, etc..) that already allows your TV to connect to subscriptions like NetFlix, HULU, Amazon, and Sling, than save yourself some money and get a dumb TV. A SMART TV simply means you do not need another device connected to your TV to access subscriptions mentioned above. The only caveat to a SMART TV is that certain TVS have their own apps downloaded that you can not access with the components that are mentioned above.
- Is 1080 ok or do I need to get the 4k, which after all is the latest and greatest? A 4k also known as UHD (Ultra High Definition) TV’s, have four times as many pixels as standard 1080p resolution. It sounds really good, but when you stand side by side with each that are the same size you will be hard-pressed to see the difference. The only thing that you will notice is that your wallet is lighter if you go for the new 4k. Another thing to consider is if you are interested in also acquiring an Apple TV, do not go with a 4k as the 4th generation APPLE TV is only compatible with 708 and 1080.
- What type of TV provides the best picture? Hands down an OLED TV is the best, but the high price does not give you the biggest bang for your buck. The TV everyone will gravitate to sounds like the LED LCD.
- LED does not mean a better picture, but Bigger screen does mean better picture. 37? 42? 50? 65?90? What size is best for you? Depending on your space your picture will improve as you move up the scale. Geffory Morrsion recommends that “when you sit 9 feet from your TV it should fill 40% of your field of vision”. This means a TV that is between 65-68 inches is ideal.
- The more HDMI ports the merrier!! In case you need extra ports check out this hub: OREI HD-104 1×4
There are other features like curved TVS, 3D, and front project TVs, but due to the price and scarcity they likely will have the same lifespan as the Plasma.
So based on my research I am looking for a 1080 largest screen possible (doesn’t have to be smart) LED LCD TV with many HDMI ports. Below are the top Black Friday TV promotions I have found thus far.
- Walmart 55-inch 1080p LED TCL Roku TV model $348
- SAMS Vizio 55-inch TV SMART with 3 HDMI ports $448
- Target Samsung 60-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV $697.99
- Walmart Vizio 70-inch TV $898
What TV has caught your eye?