What are some checks you go through when buying a television? Do you simply shortlist based on the size, and buy the cheapest priced television for that size? Little do you know, TV manufacturers are hoping you’d take this approach while selecting your next TV. 

This is one of the reasons why prices of budget televisions are constantly seeing a decline. With manufacturers vying to grab your attention, it’s in your best interest to do a little research, so you’re making an informed decision. To help you make the right choice, we’ve listed a few checks to go through before you buy an LED TV.

#1 Smart or Dumb

Some manufacturers market their TVs as “smart”, but the term smart couldn’t be further from the truth. In a bid to meet the demands for cheaper smart TVs, manufacturers develop in-house smart platforms to keep costs down. 

Although these platforms have evolved over time, there still seem to be a whole host of glitches, lags, and other issues plaguing these smart platforms. Buyers have been known to complain of not being able to connect to their favourite apps, or streaming service, or just simply that the platform wasn’t available in their language of reading. 

When looking for the best TV, make sure that you select either the Android platform, or a TV that supports Apple AirPlay if you use Apple devices. This will save you considerable pains in the future and let you integrate all your media devices seamlessly.

#2 HD or 4K

If you are looking to buy a medium/large sized television, 4K is the way to go. In most western countries, 4K viewing has become almost standard and is set to completely replace High Definition 1080p TVs. Higher-resolution 4K TVs no longer command a huge premium. 

Many top brands sell 65-inch 4K televisions for less than 40,000 INR. What’s more, considering that most online streaming formats are moving towards 4K, it might be prudent to buy into this new technology instead of having to make new purchases in the future. Consider the Mi LED TV that produces true 4K colours and the latest HDMI standard if you’re shopping within a budget.

#3 HDR

Now that we have 4K out of the way, let’s discuss HDR. High Dynamic Range or HDR, is the signal that your television’s brain gives to your display. This results in a deeper and wider range of colours with enhanced brightness that each LED pixel produces. 

This is especially apparent when viewed on high-res LED and OLED screens which display a wide range of colour depth and black gradients, which will deeply enhance your viewing pleasure and also make the most out of your 4K display.

#4 Shopping Online

Once you have done your research and have greater clarity on which TV you’d like to buy, the next step is to shop around. It’s important not to rush your decision-making and take your time reviewing as many TVs that fit your potential requirements. 

With the festive season fast approaching, it might also be a good idea to keep an eye out for offers and limited time period flash sales. You might be surprised to find price-cuts of a few thousand rupees, as well as lucrative cash-back offers. 


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