The television market right now is flooded with TVs of all shapes, sizes, and resolutions. 1080p, 4K, and 8K, but what does this higher resolution mean for you?
For picking a TV, the resolution should be your absolute primary concern, so it’s terribly important to understand just what resolution means, and how it could affect your viewing experience.
Whether you’re thinking; what’s the best 32-inch tv for me? Or, what’ll be the best TV for my home cinema, or gaming setup, we’ve got you covered.
What is resolution?
Resolution is a measurement of the amount of pixels on the screen of a television. A 1080p screen (typically a 1920 x 1080p TV) has 1080 vertical pixels that each emit light to produce an image on the screen.
As you can imagine, the greater the number of pixels, the sharper the resolution. Enter 4K, and the new kid on the block; 8K. These are both far sharper in picture quality than 1080p, giving you an intensely deep, and breath-taking picture that is quadruple (or octuple for 8K) the picture quality of full HD.
So why choose 1080p?
Despite how brilliant 4K and 8K really are, they’re not for everyone, and there’s one major for this; the price. While 4K TVs have become far cheaper over the past few years, they remain expensive in comparison to a standard full HD TV.
One of our favourite picks is Android TV’s TCL 32S; a stunning little 32” smart TV with built-in HDR and micro dimming to enhance those darker tones to make the picture really pop. Not only is it a fraction of the cost of a standard 4K TV released in 2022, but it’s an all-round great quality TV, from its eye-catching picture, all the way down to its superbly slim design.
What about 4K?
4K TVs are far more commonplace in homes now than they were several years ago, despite still being on the pricier side. Today’s 4K TVs have a wide spectrum of new screen types that are constantly battling to be top-dog; QLED, OLED, Mini-LED, the list goes on. If you call yourself a film buff, and you’re looking for the best cinematic experience for your home, then 4K is definitely the way to go.
Despite lacking the frills of OLED and QLED, this Hisense 50AE 4K TV is an absolutely solid pick for your lounge, and is an absolute bargain. At 50 inches, with all the HDR support you can muster and a great DTS surround sound, this is the cinematic experience of a life time waiting to happen.
The final frontier: 8K
If you’re feeling particularly brave, with enough cash to splash, 8K may just be what you’re looking for. Admittedly, we’ve only seen a handful of commercial 8K TVs currently available to the public simply because the tech is still incredibly new and expensive to manufacture, but for movie lovers out there, the option still stands!
Samsung always has skin in the game when it comes to the cutting-edge of TV tech, and there’s no exception with their Neo-QLED 8K smart TV that arrived this year. Loaded with real time upscaling powered by Samsung’s Quantum Matrix Technology, alongside Dolby Atmos Audio, and a plethora of tech goodness that’s bound to scratch that nerdy itch, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better TV on the market right now.