How to choose between buying a 1080p, a 4K, and an OLED TV.
Buying a new TV in today’s market can be challenging. These days, television shopping is not simply deciding between a plasma, an LCD, or an LED. Now, there are almost always three or four descriptions on every price tag. “4K Samsung Smart LED TV,” “LG OLED Smart TV” or “Vizio Smartcast 1080p TV” can be difficult to choose from, especially when prices are getting lower on most models. The most frequent question asked of Best Deal In Town sales associates is typically, “Should I buy a regular LED TV, a 4K TV, or an OLED TV?”
To start, there is no wrong answer. Especially when purchasing Samsung or LG, every model is crafted with excellence and can suit your everyday television needs. The standard HD LED TV, the longest standing and cheapest style in this grouping, is still extremely useful. Even though 1080p TVs have been around for a while, content is still massively produced in this style. Most Blu-Rays, TV shows, and sports broadcasts are in 1080p and will look nearly identical on a 4K TV or a 1080p TV. These still have plenty of life in them and, if you are working with a budget, can maximize size and brand quality while still maintaining a low cost.
4K TVs sound complicated, but at their base level are simply regular LED TVs with four times the pixels on the screen. Companies like Sony and Samsung now make their best models in 4K and typically spend less money making 1080p TVs, so in many cases 4K TVs are better overall, but the core concept is essentially four times the pixels on the screen. This becomes a larger factor as your TV size increases. The exact same amount of pixels on a 1080p 32” TV can be found on a 1080p 65” TV. This means that the 65” TV has pixels that are much larger and are more obvious to the human eye. Thus, having a 4K TV when purchasing in the 48”-80” screen range is much more important and offers a distinctly sharper picture.
While there is content available for 4K TVs, most channels, Netflix shows, and movies, are still in 1080p. This does not mean a 4K TV cannot show them, it just means the panel will not be used to its full capacity. Your 4K TV will display the highest resolution content that your source provides, so it is still a great option, even if you are not watching 4K content.
The final category is the OLED TV. LG makes OLED panels for other companies who want their own line of OLED TVs. This includes Sony, Philips, and Panasonic. Samsung carries a QLED TV, which sounds similar, but it does not function the same as an OLED TV. OLED TVs are made up of light-emitting diodes, which light up when electricity is provided. These diodes covering the screen can also shut off entirely when electricity is not provided. This means that, rather than having to simulate a black color with an LED pixel, organic light-emitting diodes can just shut off, which provides a true-black color. OLED TVs, offering the best color range and true black, also can be made extremely thin, with LG’s thinnest model being made at 0.1 inches thick. This makes for an incredible panel. LG offers many best-of-both-worlds TVs that are 4K and OLED, and these are the top end, and Samsung offers 4K SUHD and QLED TVs to compete. While these may have a larger price tag than regular 4K TVs, these are a must-have for anybody who wants the best.
Best Deal In Town offers a variety of all three categories. Each TV is either open box, overstock, or refurbished and comes with a free 90-day warranty in addition to a low affordable price. We have locations in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Denver and Las Vegas.