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Tips for Buying a 4K TV

The latest advancement in home television is 4K technology. A 4K, or UHD, TV refers to the screen's horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels. Whether you enjoy action movies or sporting events, this type of TV offers a more immersive experience in your home. With prices beginning to fall in line with other TVs on the market, it's much easier to be on the leading edge. Here are some tips to consider when buying a 4K TV.


Resolution

Many TVs have a standard definition (480i resolution) or high definition (1080p resolution). Those are vertical measures. If you want to compare 4K to HD, you need to compare the vertical measures. A 4K television has 2160p resolution, which is double the 1080p resolution in HD TVs. This type of screen is able to create sharp images, thanks to its resolution and fast refresh rate.

Resolution

Content

The big jump in resolution requires a lot more information to be sent to your TV. Streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon have limited 4K streaming offerings, but they're beginning to take note. More shows and videos have started streaming with this type of technology. Even if content isn’t available in 4K, it’s likely that your 4K TV will still improve the content quality and make it look better than an HD model.

Content

HDMI Inputs

One of the important features to look for in a 4K TV is its HDMI inputs. Many devices, such as Blu-ray players and game consoles, still use an HDMI 1.4 standard. In order to get the best out of your TV, make sure to use an HDMI 2.0 standard. This HDMI is better suited for handling the bandwidth and advanced technology of a 4K television.

HDMI Inputs

Placement

When buying a 4K TV, you should always consider its placement in the room. This television typically requires viewers to sit closer to the screen than they would with a standard model. A 4K television's resolution allows you to view a crisper image the closer you are to the screen.

Placement