The problem I find with choosing a new piece of technology is that first off, I am not the most technologically minded person, second, there is too much jargon for me to understand, and third, I always want to research what I want before I head off to the shops. This is because I am easily swayed by the assistants, and I like to have an idea of what I want before I let a salesperson start giving me the sales pitch. So, if you are anything like me, you’ll want the jargon explained and a quick heads up on the types of smart televisions there are out there, with some examples. Here you are then!
The Techo Speak
HD TVs – The big difference between HD TV’s and ordinary ones is that HD TV’s give you up to five times more detail. There are two types:
HD Ready TVs – These will give you an excellent picture on smaller screens.
Full HD TVs – These are TV’s that give you an even higher-quality picture on larger screens. Some HD TVs come with Freeview HD built-in, or you can get a Sky, Virgin or Freeview HD box. You can also watch movies in HD if you have a Blu-ray player.
LCD – Typically most modern TVs now have an LCD screen. These create a picture by shining a backlight through a series of tiny, coloured liquid crystals.
LED – Are similar to LCD TVs, but instead of a backlight, the picture is created by lots of tiny LEDs (light-emitting diodes) which shine through the crystals to give the sharpest, most evenly-lit television picture money can buy.
3D – The way a 3D picture works is that it displays two different perspectives of the same image to each eye, which, when viewed through 3D glasses, give the impression of depth.
Freeview – Instead of paying for channels monthly, you pay a one off fee and then you can receive more than 80 free digital TV and radio channels, plus a range of interactive services, through your existing television aerial.
IPTV – This is the future of TV. This system enables you to view programmes using your broadband connection rather than an aerial or dish.
Types of Smart Televisions
The Big TV for a Small Room
There is not much point in getting a huge TV screen to view in a small room. The reason being is that you will not be able to see the picture properly as you will be sitting too close to it. The optimum distance to view a TV is around 2.4 metres away or less. So if you are planning an extra TV for the bedroom, kitchen, or another small living room, you’ll need to get a screen of around 22in or less and the Tesco 19” Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV DVD Combi with Freeview, is a great choice, with its built-in DVD player and Freeview, plus excellent picture clarity and high quality digital audio.
Budget for a Big Screen
If you are looking for a family big screen for the main living area of the house, but have to stick to a budget, there are still some greats deals to be had. But remember the size and distance again. If you’re going to be sitting less than 3m from your TV, opt for a screen size of up to 32in. A good budget busting model is the Technika 32” HD Ready LCD TV with built in Freeview. Not only does this have Freeview, it also has the essential connectivity needed to add games consoles or computers to transform your TV into an all-round home-entertainment hub.
Love playing games or watching the best sporting action on the sports channels? You’ll need a TV that delivers a full HD picture, plus some extras. The LG 42LK450 42” Full HD 1080p LCD TV, which is an ideal size if you’ll be sitting less than 3·6m away, offers an outstanding picture with sharp colours, plus exceptional sound from invisible speakers, so you’ll catch all the action as it happens, making it (almost) as good as being there.
The Big Kahuna!
If you are a total techno geek and want the latest in everything, including 3D, then check out the Sony KDL55 EX723 55 inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D LED Backlit TV with Internet TV & Freeview HD. It’s ideal if you’ve got a large room where you’ll be sitting more than 3·6m from the picture. The model features IPTV technology, which allows you to connect to the internet and access services such as the BBC iPlayer. And for great 3D viewing (you get a pair of sleek black glasses to view with), you’ll be able to experience your favourite 3D films or games. But even without the glasses, 2D viewing still looks fantastic with true-to-life colours and clear, sharp images.