If you are planning to buy a new TV this festive season don’t be misguided by the advertisements and the smooth talking salesmen. Make the best choice by going through the list below:

1) Choosing the display type – OLED / LED / LCD / Plasma

Plasma TVs will save you a lot of money but don’t think about the initial cost only, since this TV draws much more power than any of its competitors. Moreover, as it is an outgoing display technology, manufacturers will soon stop customer support, leaving you stranded if you need a component replaced.
LCD TVs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) and are the next in line in terms of power consumption. The most popular today, are LCD televisions with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). This TV is comparatively thinner and also responds well to colour variations and acute viewing angles, giving the best user experience.

OLED is the display technology of the future, with the thinnest screen, amazing colour rendition, lower power consumption and better viewing angles than existing display types. However, TVs with OLED displays are costly and suffer from poor lifespan.

2) Screen brightness

Brighter display does not make a TV look better. Brightness level in LED TVs is the best since the black colours appear dark as well, while Plasma and LCD televisions follow it from afar.

3) Power consumption

LED TVs are a good choice if you are concerned about the amount of power consumed by your new TV. This is because of the LED bulbs used in the display, which consume 20-30% less power than CCFL’s of LCD TVs.

4) Internet, voice control and apps

Internet connectivity in a TV makes them the much touted Smart TVs. But do you really plan to use internet on a big screen television? If you want to watch YouTube videos, chat with friends, check mails, and play games on a TV, then you have a handful options in the market.  And before you choose an internet-enabled TV, take into account the internet bandwidth you would consume.

5) 3D viewing

3D viewing in a television is yet another feature that has caught the imagination of the masses. There is a huge dearth of 3D content in the market so, before going for a 3D television, be prepared to be disappointed since you will not be using that feature too much. Companies that claim to have TVs that can convert 2D videos to 3D are simply reproducing the same image twice in order to add depth to it. This process is quite effective but the on-screen rendition is not of the same quality as true 3D videos.

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