More than 225 million TVs were sold in 2020. Our ever-present living room companions, and it’s no wonder that so many people invested in new ones during a year of pandemic lockdowns.
But despite the ubiquity of LCDs, LEDs, and OLEDs, not many people really understand the difference between different types of TVs. Should you get a 4K? An 8K? Can you still get away with a 1080p TV in 2021?
Join us as we venture into the complicated world of TV resolution, pixels, and refresh rates and explain what you need from a TV in 2021.
4K vs. 8K: Which TV Resolution in 2021?
Anyone buying a new TV these days has to make an important choice: should I get a 4K or an 8K TV?
It’s a valid question. There’s plenty of 4K content out there to gorge your eyes on, but is 8K a better option for the future-proofers out there? No one wants to drop hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a TV, only to find they can’t play the latest, greatest, 8K-est content!
Well, worry not. Frankly, 8K isn’t something anyone buying a TV has to worry about for now. There isn’t really any 8K content out there to make use of your new screen, and the sets themselves are eye-watering in price compared to their 4K counterparts.
Meanwhile, 4K (or UHD) TVs are awash with content that makes the most of their capabilities. From Netflix to Hulu to iTunes, there’s no end to the list of shows that will make your shiny new screen pop.
Now, that’s not to say that 8K will never be relevant. But in 2021? 4K is the way to go.
What About 1080p?
Whether a 1080p smart TV is a worthy purchase depends on quite a few factors.
The first, of course, is the TV price. If you’re on a tight budget, then a 1080p TV can be a good choice. They’re cheap, plentiful, and manufacturers are pretty good at making them by now!
Another good use for a 1080p set is as a secondary or bedroom TV. HD TVs are a bit smaller than their 4K siblings, so they make a good choice for users trying to fit them into smaller spaces.
Finally? If you’re only going to use your set to watch terrestrial TV over an antenna, an HD set might do just fine. Normal TV hasn’t really entered the 4K age yet, so antenna users might be fine with a 1080p screen (and, while you’re at it, check this out for more on TV antenna installation).
Whoever You Are, There’s a Screen for You
So there you have it, a brief TV resolution guide for people buying a new TV. When it comes down to it, the choice is really between a 4K and a 1080p set. For most users, 4K is the sweet spot, but there are still some of us out there for whom HD is the way to go.
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