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8 Basic Things to Look for When Buying an HDTV

HDTV is short for High Definition Television. Buying an HDTV for your home is not a joke where you can just dispose in a couple of years especially when it can eat up your entire budget. It can be a demanding task and tedious one if you don’t know what to look and where to start.

On an average estimate, people just change TVs once in every seven or eight years. So when you buy something that you know you’ll be stuck for quite a while, you have to choose carefully what the qualities are and feature that you really need and want for a TV.


Your HDTV will be your constant companion at your home, so choose wisely. Basically, there are three options of HDTVs: LCDs, LEDs and Plasma. But even though there are many option to choose from, consumers should always know the basic things to look for when buying an HDTV.

1. SIZE. It’s very important to keep in mind where to put your TV. Is it on your bedroom only or for your living room? And that’s where the size of the device matter. Another thing is, take note where you’re going to place the TV so make sure that you measure before you shop.

2. ENEGY CONSUMPTION. Cost of energy consumption plays a vital part when choosing the model that you want. Look for an HDTV model that will let you save extra money in the long run. LEDs are highly recommended if you want to go green because it is energy efficient and consume less power.

3. FEATURES. Once you get hold of the model and type you want for an HDTV, check the specifications and read the manual to make sure that all its mentioned features are present. It is also important that you do a little market research so as not to get fooled by a salesperson and you’re fairly sure that you can get the right deal for you.

4. INPUT PORTS. HDTV must have 3 – 4 HDMI ports for you to connect enough devices for content.

5. 1080P SUPPORT FORMAT. Full HD support should also be your priority to get the maximum experience and enjoy content in high definition.

6. PICTURE MOVEMENT. The picture on the screen must be perfectly still and do not jiggle or wiggle. Look for movies that features walls like on the Dark Knight.

7. COMPARE PRODUCTS. Shop on a store that have different and enough range of products for you to compare. It’s important that you also compare them visually, not only on features. Ask the salesperson to play content then perform visual comparison, taking note what type of HDTV is comfortable to your eyes. Don’t just rely on what the salesperson is saying about the shiny features. Focus on your judgment. Most salesperson doesn’t tell the truth just to get a sale on customer that’s why you need to be equipped with proper information too.

8. PRICE. LCD is no doubt, the most affordable of the three models but the color rendering is not that efficient. LEDs on the other hand, are more expensive but they consume less power (energy-efficient) and has better color rendition. Plasma is also affordable and can offer better picture quality but is not fit for use in brightly-lit environment and not power efficient like the LEDs.

No matter what type of HDTV you purchase, go with all the features that you need for the span of its life. Some added features might also add to the costing but you don’t really need. So even if you’re not purchasing the latest device as long as it suits your needs and cost-friendly, then go for it. Find the right one that could satisfy you and make you feel better when looking at it every day.