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LED TVs buying guide

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Introduction to LED TVs

LED (light-emitting diode) televisions are a form of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The main difference is that with an LED TV, the back light is created by LED, not fluorescence (CCFL), which creates sharper contrast and better blacks and colors. Currently, many high end LCD TVs are using LED TV technology, although the technology is still evolving and gaining in popularity.

LED TV systems have benefited from the advancements developed for desktop computer monitors. They are lightweight and slim enough that you can hang them on a wall, typically less than 50mm. LED TVs are brighter than picture tube sets, providing higher contrast and no flicker. Available in a variety of screen sizes, typical sizes are between 46" and 70". Screens use back light to create a brighter picture, which can reduce picture quality from certain viewing angles. The highest quality screens allow the widest range of viewing, up to 80 degrees from centre.

Due to the dramatic improvement in picture quality and the decrease in prices, there has recently been a large increase in demand for these TVs. They are ideal for anywhere in the house due to the variety of screen sizes and that they can be hung on walls. Let Price Inspector help you find the right LED TV for your needs.

Tips to consider before you begin shopping:

  • Consider your typical viewing angle. If a significant percentage of your viewing will be from a sharp angle, such as watching from a different room while preparing dinner, then an LED TV picture may not be very clear.
  • LED TVs use less power than traditional LCD models, up to 40 percent less, and create less pollution on disposal. These green impact of LED TVs might sway your decision when choosing an LED TV, helping offset the higher price difference.
  • Brightness on an LED TV is better than traditional fluorescent bulbs, while the black levels complete with plasma levels. However, contrast levels are still lagging behind plasma TVs.
  • The ability to display fast moving video depends on the refresh rate and response time. If you are planning to watch fast moving video, be sure to compare this information before buying an LED TV.

There are two main types of LED TVs:

  • The majority of LED TVs use LCD screens with LED back light around the edges.
  • Recently, some manufacturers are utilising this LED back lighting across the entire screen.
  • Regardless of which you choose, both types will provide an enhanced viewing experience. All LED TVs offer full 1920x1080p HD technology.

Summary on LED TVs

Let Price Inspector help you compare different LED TVs so you can get the best TV for your viewing style and budget. The major features to compare against different models include screen size, resolution, contrast, audio output, number of USB ports, and weight. A secondary item to consider might be whether a base option is available, if you do not want to mount the LED TV on a wall.

Prices for LED TVs will vary by manufacturer, model, and screen size. Typical prices would range from around £600 to more than £3,000. Regardless of your budget, Price Inspector can give you all the tools you need to make a wise investment. Samsung currently offer more choice of LED TV in the UK market to date, with Sony catching up fast.

Top selling LED TV brands include:

Jargon Buster

Use our quick glossary for the basic technical elements of an LED TV

LEDLED (light-emitting diode) televisions are a form of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
backlightBacklight is used to create a brighter picture
1080pThis explains what 1080p means
Viewing angleThis explains the viewing angle

Buying Guide to LED TVs
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