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How to choose your TV? - Purchase guide

Buying a TV may sound simple, but it can also be very complicated!

The aim of this article is to give you a couple of tips on exactly what to look for on TV datasheets and how to choose the TV that best suits your needs.

It's quite simple for you, it simply depends on the space available on your TV stand or in your living room if you hang it on the wall... And one piece of advice we can give you is that if you're hesitating between two diagonal sizes, it's best to opt for the larger one straight away, because one of the regrets that comes up most often is having had the choice between two diagonal sizes. TV and to have opted for the smallest when the large one would have fit perfectly in the living room or on the cabinet TV

And the fact is that it's very easy to get used to large sizes and that, in reality, once you've gone past or seen the image projected on a large scale, it's hard to go back.

Another thing to look at is the stand. With some manufacturers, it can be reversed so that it returns to the centre of the television and takes up less space on the cabinet, and this is something you need to bear in mind because for the same model from the same manufacturer, there may be two different stands and these factors can vary the price.

The diagonal also applies to the definition of the television. Obviously, if you're planning to buy an 8K television, there's little point in going for a smaller size, simply because the difference between 4K and 8K is only noticeable beyond 65 inches. If you're buying a 4K TV for conventional use, we'd advise you to go for at least 55 inches.

L'oled offers better contrast and viewing angles and deeper blacks, but is more expensive.

For its part, the led or lcd offers a higher level of luminosity and, above all, more attractive prices.

On this point, there's nothing more important than looking at the individual tests... That's what we do for you, to see if each television meets your expectations.

In all other cases, there are three parameters to take into account: luminosity, contrast and HDR.

For brightness and contrast, it's not complicated - you simply go for the highest values. As for HDR, that's a bit different: first you need to check that your television is compatible with as many HDR standards as possible. We have HLG, HDR, HDR-10+ and Dolby Vision.

A final point to check is the backlighting, and here there are several types of lighting currently available on the market. There is led Edge, which is lighting on the sides of the television and does not necessarily offer the most accurate results, and there is also the Full ledwhich illuminates the entire screen. In the latter case, there's one little piece of information to look at when buying a television: the number of zones concerned. Very few manufacturers provide this kind of information, and that's why laboratory tests are much more relevant than raw product data sheets...

Connectivity isn't as essential as it used to be. Here, to put it simply, we have HDMI, and all you have to do is count the number of HDMI ports on the back of your television to see if it meets your needs. In reality, on top-of-the-range televisions, the latest to come out, there's also a little point to take into account, and that's the HDMI standard. The latest standard is HDMI 2.1, which offers a number of advantages and is currently reserved for top-of-the-range TV sets. But if you've decided to invest over €2,000 in a TV this year, then make sure it's equipped with the latest HDMI 2.1 technology.

The operating system is also an important part of the TV set, as it's the part you'll come across every time you turn it on, and here there's an embarrassment of riches to choose from: Android TVSamsung's Tizen, and LG's Web-OS.

To cut a long story short, for the last two years, they've all been pretty much on the same level. If you want to use as many applications as possible, it's Android TV is the one to go for, as you'll simply have access to the Android application shop. As for the rest, just make sure that your most useful applications such as Netflix, Molotov or Disney + are available on your TV...

The main advantage of 8K televisions, currently and for several years to come, is 'UPSCALING', the ability to upscale 4K content and make it look a little better. In reality, the performance of this upscaling is pretty decent, but it doesn't necessarily merit investing so much money in 8K right now.

There was some content available on YouTube or on the explorers, the channel available on Samsung televisions, but is it worth spending several thousand euros on a television that will offer just a few hours of animal documentaries in 8k, not so sure...

There are actually two times when it's worth taking a closer look at TV offers... Firstly, there are promotional days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and all the other promotional periods, but there's also the approach of major sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympic Games, with very attractive prices on certain products only!

The last piece of advice we'd like to give you, in addition to this fairly basic one, is to also look at the reference year of the television. You can see that last year's models, which aren't that different from a technological point of view, because in the final analysis the TV They are very attractively priced, and during these sales and promotional periods, their prices fall even more than those of Premium or very recent TV sets!

So these are the TV sets we recommend you choose!

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