Smart TV: What to watch out for when buying your Smart TV Set

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Smart TVs generally are advanced television sets, that possess more functions when compared to ordinary TV sets. Xiaomi Mi smart TV 4 is one of the Smart TVs that allow users surf the internet, allow the installation of apps supported on the OS they feature, and most importantly smart TVs allow users to stream content from a wide range of streaming services available today. In the presence of these smart TV essentials, it is very obvious that purchase facilitators have gone beyond screen size and resolution.

But if you have a digital TV and you want to convert it to a smart TV, you can check out on how to go about it.

In this article on what to watch out when buying your Smart TV set, we look at the different parameters to look out for when purchasing a Smart TV. These parameters determine the power of a Smart TV. These parameters are listed below.

Size (screen resolution)

One obvious detail you should consider is your preferred screen resolution (size) of a smart TV which most of the time is affected by your budget. Most standard Tv sets come with a 3840 by 2160pixel resolution and a screen is made up of dots or pixels and the more the pixel, the sharper the screen displays detail. The 3840 X 2160pixels is a 4k display or an ultra HD display. Please note that if you desire to enjoy 4k resolution in its full glory, you will need a larger inches smart TV.

The Fact that Ultra HD resolution A.K.A 4K resolution has become a standard is unarguable. Major streaming platforms today support 4K streaming, Streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Video including Youtube support 4k Streaming. This indicates the importance of having a Smart TV. In a bid to future proof your Smart TV, you are strongly advised to purchase a Smart TV with support for 4K content.

Display Technology

For display technology, we have two good options: the LED LCD and OLED l. You must note that the OLED screen technology is more expensive compared to LED LCD but the good thing is they are both use the same technology for LED illumination but their graphics are tweaked differently and that gives an advantage over the other depending on your choice and your budget

Software platform

The main difference between Smart TV’s and Ordinary TV’s is software. Smart TV feature a software platform not present in ordinary TV’s. The software platform featured on Smart TV’s make all their features come alive. Just picture a Smart TV, as a big tablet on your wall. A big tablet, that doesn’t make calls, but can be used to access the internet, play media files and stream media content from streaming platforms available.

Just the way tablets, smartphones, and laptops have different operating system, Smart TVs have different operating systems. Samsung Smart TVs feature the Tizen operating system, LG smart TVs feature WEB OS, the list goes on and on. When purchasing a smart TV, you should make sure the operating system on the Smart TV, has support for major streaming platforms, and also have a wide range of supported apps.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is a parameter that describes how many times per second a picture is refreshed on your screen. The refresh rate is expressed in Hertz (Hz). Please note that the standard refresh rate is 60 Hertz. Having a Smart Tv with a low refresh rate, usually output blurry images, in scenes of rapidly moving objects. 

A Smart TV with 60 Hertz refresh rate won’t give you the very best, but you are gonna be satisfied, as long as you do not set your eyes on a Smart Tv with refresh rate more than 60 Hertz.

Some Smart TV’s feature High-Frame Rate support (HFR). Smart TVs with HFR have higher frame rates, and also added support for content higher than 60Hz. If your money isn’t a constraint, I advise you for TVs with HFR support. Also, you should take note of TVs with effective frame rates. Effective frame rate means the actual frame rate is half the stated frame rate. If a Smart TV has an effective frame rate of 60Hz, it means you will be able to stream content with 30 frames per seconds. 

HDMI and Connections

Availability of connection ports is another important parameter, you should pay attention to when purchasing a Smart TV. Apart from being able to stream content, surf the internet, A good Smart TV should feature a generous amount of ports, for connections. These ports allow users to connect Speakers, decoders, game console and lots more. A good Smart TV should also feature an HDMI port, for the connection of external streaming devices. Make sure the HDMI ports on the Smart TV, is HDMI 2.0, and also make sure the Smart TV has at least 4 HDMI ports. 

As already mentioned, if you desire to purchase a Smart TV, you should consider the parameters listed above. Take note of the minimum requirements for each parameter. You shouldn’t purchase Smart TVs with specs lower than the mentioned. 

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