Swoosh, Swoosh, "Excellent!"When buying a new TV the most important specs are its resolution.
it's size, and its price.
For this video I'm going to assume that the resolution that you want.
Is 4K and after that you should get the TV that has the largest screen size possibleWhile staying in your budget, of course, whether that's 500 bucks or 3000 dollarsI recently spent just under $800 on a 65" 4K LG TVWhich I got at Target after my wife spotted it on Slickdeals with a very nice discountWho by the way I would not like to thank for sponsoring this videoBecause this video is not sponsored by anyone so.
LG, and Target, and Slickdeals can suck itnot my wife though *record halt*Actually.
Point being that I thought you guys might like to hear what my other qualificationsfor a good future ready 4K TV were before I made this purchaseSince it's probably a popular upgrade item this holiday seasonSo here are my four rules for buying a 4K TVRule #1 is Seek the Ideal Inputsfor most people this means at least three HDMI 2.
0a inputsWith at least one that is HDCP 2.
2 readyhdmi 2.
0 a will give you support for 4K @ 3840 x 2160 resolution as an inputalso HDR, wide color gamut, and all that at up to 60 frames-per-secondHDCP is high-bandwidth digital content protectionand although you might not like itwe will need that if we want to have support forplaying back copyright protected content from an hdcp enabled sourceI would also like to throw out display port here as a potential ideal inputbut unfortunately a lot of HD TV's or 4K HD TV'sdo not have displayport as an inputYou would want displayport 1.
4 ideally and that would actually be much more commonIf you're buying a 4K PC monitorbut let me know in the comments if you actually find a goodfull-size 4K TV that has a displayport input because, honestly,I would much prefer that to HDMI 2.
0a or whatever if it's available.
Rule #2 is Have HDRmake sure your new TV has HDR supportthis is gonna separate models that came out this year and last yearFrom models that came out prior to thatuh.
Earlier 4k TVs because this is a more recent developmentuh.
often this will be listed alongside wide color gamutwith high dynamic range, source material, and inputs to an HDR ready TV.
the TV can display a much broader range of colorsand much like the jump from 1080 to 4K I think its display technology that makes a big differenceespecially when you're viewing it side-by-side with a non-HDR TV.
And it's worth being ready for.
Rule #3 is Know Your Panel Technology.
That's what the screen is made of and what lights it up.
The screen makes the colors, the lights, lights those colors up.
I'm going to keep this simple; not dive into too many technical detailsI'll just tell you what's good and what's not as goodThe best technology right now for your your panel is O-L-E-Dthat's just the best available.
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodeIt doesn't require a backlight it's just the panel which is the pixels that create the colorand then they also light up so you don't need a backlight for it.
So they can be thinner, they use less powerthey can also be expensive though although they are much cheaper than they were last year.
Or, especially, a few years ago.
The second best technology for your panel is LCD in the front and LED in the back.
So the LCD creates the colors and then an LED behind it shines through and lights it up.
Now LED backlight technology does have a few variations so we'll start with thatFrom relatively worst, to best, we'll start with LED edge lit displaysThat's actually what I got.
It's not terrible but it's just not as good as LED full array panelSo edgelit is the relatively worst.
Step up to full array and that puts LEDs across the entire panel.
Versus just on the sides or the edges.
And then the best option you can get for an LED backlight is full array plus local dimming.
So you have LEDs covering the back and then it can actually dim parts of the screenthat should be dark for darker scenes.
That will give you much deeper blacks.
as well as the best contrast ratio availableNow that's the backlight but what about the panel itself? That's the LCD in front.
There are four main LCD types you will probably see out there TN VA and then IPS or PLSwhich are both kind of in the same categoryIPS and PLS are generally the best when it comes to LCD display panelsuh.
that's what I got, IPS, it generally gives the best color depth.
VA is also an okay standard too.
That's vertical alignment.
And then 'standard', pretty much, is TN that would come in lastbut again it's still perfectly adequate it's just.
you know when you're buying technology there's always stuff a little bit better.
So again for worst to best TN, VA, and then IPS or PLSRule #4: Resist the CurvesThis is just a pretty basic idea.
Curved TV's suck.
They're made for group watching at least large TV's usually are but with a curved televisionThere's really only a very small sweet spot that you can sit in and it's much harder to move around and watch from off angles.
Curved monitors, like this one, are okay though since usually it's just one person sittingAnd you can sit right in front of it.
And that's much betterI just never really liked uh.
curved TVs and like 3D TV's never really caught on with meSo I don't think that's something important that you should look for.
So when my wife found that deal I applied these rules and I ended up with this TVThe price was right and my only compromise was the panel.
Which is an IPS LCD with LED edge lighting instead of an OLEDbut that's still a huge jump up in size and quality from our old TV which was a 47" 1080 by JVCIf I added a fifth rule here will be to make sure the TV has VESA mount support for wall mounting.
I grabbed an articulating wall mount from Monoprice for ours so i can still pull it out from the walland get back there at the inputs if I need tobut most all large tvs do have VESA mounting points so I didn't feel like including that as a rule.
To wrap things up though I have searched the holiday deals that are going on right nowand I found a few 4k tvs that I feel meet these requirementsI have posted Amazon links to those down in the description.
you can check those out but just click on them and check the model number and thendefinitely check other retailers as well because there's a ton of deals going onright now for black friday and the Holidayslet me know in the comments also if you're going to be upgrading to 4k this yearhit the like button on your way out and thanks for watching.