What’s the deal with resolution?
Ever wander into an electronics store and immediately become overwhelmed by the many options you have as a consumer? Have you been interested in purchasing a quality television, but aren’t sure where to begin, or what is worth your hard earned money? Well one of the most important things to consider, and arguably the most frustrating, is what resolution to choose.
Currently, there are two options that should be considered when choosing a television, 1080 P, and the increasingly popular, 4K.
But what exactly are the differences, if any?
First, all 4 K televisions are Smart, meaning they can stream from the Internet. Conversely, not all 1080 P televisions have this capability, as 1080 P televisions had already been on the market before the release of the Smart technology. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any 1080P smart televisions (quite the opposite) it just isn’t a guarantee as it is with 4K.
The quality of the picture makes all the difference…
So which looks better? 4K hands down beats 1080 P when playing content specifically made for 4K. If you are looking to invest in a television that will still be technologically relevant in the next several years, then 4K is the best bet.
***4K streaming will soon be available for sporting events and other live broadcasts. 4K will still have a beautiful appearance, even if the video is not specifically crafted for 4K. ***
As mentioned before, the content must have a 4K resolution to truly standout on a 4K television. If either 4K or 1080P are presented with low-resolution content, then the image will not be reaching its fullest potential. In this case, 4K has an advantage as it has an upscaling feature. Upscaling is when an image lower than 4K is converted into higher resolution. This is done so the image can fit into a much larger screen than was originally intended when the content was created.
In essence, 4K televisions can take a smaller image, and by using upscaling, make it much larger on the screen without losing quality. Keep in mind there will be no extra details, as the original source pixels will not change.
The size of your screen matters
The size of your screen should be taken into consideration when deciding between 1080P and 4K. In regard to price, the difference between the two is noticeable on televisions under 50 inches. If you have a screen larger than 50 inches, the difference in price will begin to balance out. At this point, is suggested to purchase a 4K television.
Do you sit near or far from the television? This is an important question to consider when purchasing a television. The 4K television will offer more detail, but it will only be noticeable when sitting within 7 feet of the screen. The sweet spot of a 45” 4 K television is sitting 6’ away. Any further and it is unlikely you will see any more detail as opposed to a 1080P television.
A clear cut decision…
If you are a looking for a high quality television, and would like to invest in a product whose potential is yet untapped, then buy a 4 K resolution television. In a few years, 1080P may not even be available on the market, as it is slowly being phased out. With the recent affordability of televisions, there is no reason not to buy a 4 K television, as it is a sound investment.Leave a reply →