Is now the right time to get a 4K TV?

by Haadi Bakar
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Fancy getting a new TV this year? Now is probably be a good time to upgrade your old HDTV in your living room with a  4K TV.

It’s been a long time coming, but prices of these ultra high-definition TVs have finally come down to an affordable range; on average, they now cost as much as the standard HDTVs seven years ago.

You can easily pick up a new 4K TV set from brands such as Sharp and Philips for just under $2,000, while flagship 4K TVs from Samsung and LG can go upwards at a few hundred dollars more.

But before you spend your hard earned money on a 4K TV later this week, you need to consider what you’re getting out of this new TV technology.

At a glance 4K TV sets look similar to your standard HDTV, but it’s only when you get really close to the screen that you will notice the difference. The improvements are really on the picture quality.

As the name implies, 4K panels boast four times the amount of pixels as 1080p displays. To be precise, that 3,840 by 2,160 pixel resolution, as opposed to yesteryear’s 1,920 by 1,080.

What this means is that movies will look sharper and clearer, even if you plan on sitting closer to the TV set. You won’t notice any pixels, everything down to a film character’s nose hair will be extremely detailed.

Of course, the TV won’t do its magic without 4K content. Fortunately, 4K content is now widely available, from ultra-HD blu-ray to media streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV now offering 4K quality movies.

Today’s smartphones and digital cameras support 4K recording, so you can enjoy 4K playback on your new 4K TV. Even the new Sony PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro) game console supports 4K gaming, and so will the next game console from Microsoft that’s expected to come out later this year.

Even if you don’t have access to 4K content, 4K TVs will upscale 1080p HD content. Although upscaling doesn’t necessarily improve the quality of lower-resolution images, at least you know that your new 4K TV is backwards-compatible.

In addition, the premium range of Ultra-HD TVs from LG or Samsung offers OLED panels and HDR (high dynamic range) that further improves picture quality; OLED will make colours look more vivid and punchier, while HDR allows greater range of brightness and luminosity (you’ll see more detail in shadowy, darker areas in the picture).

If you’ve been holding on to your old HDTV for nearly a decade, you’ll also immediately notice how much modern TVs designs have evolved over the recent years.

Most 4K TVs in the market now are beautifully-designed slim panels, a far cry from chunky flat-panels of early HDTV models from last decade. They look less like a typical HDTV set and more like a beautiful glass-covered painting on a wall.
Today’s TVs are also equipped with wireless internet connectivity right out of the box, so you can enjoy your favourite Youtube channels on the big screen (and in 4K resolution!) and even sync your TV to your smartphone. Smart TVs are now the standard across all new models.
There are also curved 4K TVs and 3D-enabled TVs but these are nothing more than gimmicks so I suggest dodging those two for now.
Lastly, the best way to experience 4K TV is to go large. You won’t notice the quality improvements if you’re going to sit 10 feet away from a tiny 32-inch 4K TV.
If you’ve been holding off from getting a big 55-inch or 65-inch TV all this years, 4K TVs are definitely the way to go.
Ideally, you’ll need to sit closer than you normally would on a typical 1080p HDTV in order to see the extra detail from watching native 4K content. Otherwise, you might as well stick to a regular old HDTV.

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