Buying A New TV – Lets Look At The Terms Involved

So if you are looking to buy a new TV there are lots of terms you may or may not be familiar with , so here are some explanations that may assist.

Size is everything now

A TVs size is measured by the diagonal measurement that is the distance from the upper left corner to the lower right. 


Resolution represents the number of horizontal rows of pixels and vertical columns of pixels on a  display. Such as the high def standard, 1920×1080, and 3840×2160.

What is Ultra HD – ( UHD ) ?

This is the resolution of 3840×2160 pixels; which is twice the resolution of the 1920×1080 full high definition. 

What is SUHD ?

This is Samsung’s marketing terminology for UHD TVs that utilise colour-enhancing quantum-dot technology and some other advanced tweaking features.

What is 4K ?

A resolution, of 4096×2160. This offers a slightly wider aspect ratio of—16:8.5—than most HD resolutions,you also have to be careful that you are buying a genuine 4K tv not an UHD set.

What is refresh rate ?

Refresh rate is the number of times per second a display is redrawn. 60Hz means 60 times (cycles) per second. 120Hz means 120 times per second.The higher the refresh rate the greater ability to reduce motion blur.

Curved TV

A TV whose surface is slightly concave on the horizontal to create a sense of ” drawing you in “, as well as reduce viewing angle artifacts. 

Smart TV

A TV that has the ability to stream movies, browse the web, access apps and play media across the network or from locally or network-attached mass storage such as hard drives or flash drives.

Screens use the following to display the picture , LCD , LED , OLED with OLED being the standout for blacker blacks and improved contrast.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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