Television Reviews For 2018

tvsUnderstanding the best television reviews is easier when you have a basic understanding of what’s going on in the TV market. That said, TV technology is constantly changing, providing better and better display quality, as well as incorporating new features such as access to streaming shows and movies, app support, advanced universal remotes and much more. And it wasn’t that long ago that terms like 4K and HDR applied to the TV market. Now they represent the future of TV technology, while the previously popular plasma displays are no longer in production.

What Television Technologies Are Important?

The first televisions appeared in the 1920s. Thankfully, today’s TVs have almost no resemblance to those early models, as the technology has rapidly advanced over the decades.

Within the past decade, HD resolution has become norm, as television programmers have migrated from an analog signal to a fully digital signal. And now, TVs featuring Ultra HD resolution (or 4K), which have four times the number of pixels of HD resolution, are growing in popularity and will soon become the standard.

And the next step forward for television display technologies will be the inclusion of HDR technology, which increases the contrast ratio and color range of what an HD or 4K television is able to display.

What Price Should You Expect To Pay For A TV?

The biggest factor in determining the cost of a television is its screen size. Generally speaking, you will pay more for a 4K TV than an HD resolution model, and OLED TVs cost more than LED TVs. But it’s the screen size that will likely drive the majority of the cost.

You should expect to pay about $300 for a 32-inch TV, while an 85-inch TV may cost $5,000 or more.  The sweet spot, however, can offer a price range that starts at just $700 or $800, even for a 4K set.

Which Are The Leading TV Brands?

When considering different televisions to purchase, it’s important to properly answer the question: What’s the best TV brand on the market? By sticking with the best brands, you’re going to have a better chance of having a TV that works well for a long time.

LG is the only TV manufacturer that offers OLED display technology. Samsung and Sony have some of the best LED-LCD televisions on the market. And Vizio continues to climb in the rankings of television product reviews.

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As our TV buying guide shows, the most important feature to consider is the type of display. The majority of televisions use an LED backlight with an LCD screen (LED-LCD TVs). Pay attention to the type of backlight, as a full array LED backlight is going to outperform an edge lit LED. If you want an advanced technology, OLED allows for deeper blacks and brighter displays than LED-LCD.

And look for a TV with HDR technology, as mentioned earlier, which will provide improved overall image quality over today's models.

Other TV includes curved sets, which include a screen that is slightly curved.  This is said to provide a more engaging viewing experience and arguable makes it easier for those sitting left or right of the screen to garner a better picture.

Lastly, there are also SmartTVs, which can apply to any set.  A Smart TV generally has built-in WiFi and can access the Internet via apps, including HBO Go (or HBO Now), Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora and others.

What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Buying A TV?

Even though there isn't much programming right now featuring 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels), 4K is the future of TV programming. It eventually will replace HD's 1920x1080 resolution.

Also, don't overpay for features you might now need, such as built-in WiFi, especially if you plan to use an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, or something equivalent.

Finally, as mentioned earlier, stick with a well known brand to ensure the best performance and longest lifespan possible. Off brands just aren't as reliable as the best TV brands.