The Ultimate TV Buying Guide
Shop smarter with our money-saving guides to TV technology, digital antennas, and non-smart TVs!
Check out all our money-saving advice and learn what to look for when buying a TV, what to know about digital TV antennas and non-smart TVs, and more!
Super Bowl; just don't expect rock-bottom prices. However, keep an eye out in March and April for surprising savings.
TV deals are always available, but we outline the best time to buy a new TV if you're looking to save big.
4K TVs, as well as about ports and smart TV functionalities. And that's just a handful of what you'll see on a spec sheet!
From resolution to refresh rate, we explain everything you need to know about the latest TV technologies to help you shop smarter.
10 Essential Terms to Know When Buying a TV
|Resolution||The number of pixels on the screen|
|1080p Resolution||1,920 columns and 1,080 rows of pixels|
|4K Resolution||3,840 columns and 2,160 rows of pixels|
|8K Resolution||7,680 columns and 4,320 rows of pixels|
|LCD||Liquid crystal display; LCD panels are used in the manufacturing of other sets|
|LED LCD||Traditional LCD panels backlit by light-emitting diodes; TVs with these are typically noted as being LED|
|QLED||Quantum LED; describes an LED set that has a nanoparticle filter between the LED backlight and LCD panel|
|OLED||Organic light-emitting diode; these displays can adjust the luminosity of each individual pixel|
|Refresh Rate||How many times per second a video screen is updated|
|HDR||High dynamic range; this feature expands a TV's range of contrast and improves color accuracy|
our guide to buying a digital TV antenna, which answers questions like these:
- What can you watch with a digital antenna?
- How much do digital TV antennas cost?
- What antenna accessories will you need?
whether or not you want a smart TV. Are smart TVs worth it, really?
It might surprise you to know you don't have to buy a smart set if you don't want one — and there are solid reasons to skip it. However, shopping for a "dumb" TV won't be that easy if you're worried about brand or size. If you're interested in owning a non-smart TV, read this TV buying guide to learn what you can expect during your search.
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