Are you going to buy a new TV?

 The only issue is that there are so many new things to consider while buying a new television. It may quickly become complicated and overpowering if you aren't aware of the situation. Before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, let us guide you through some of the most important bullet points to look for.

Purchasing a new television in 2022? Here are the top five characteristics you'll need.

Don't consider anything less than 4K/HDR as an option.

When it comes to suggesting new televisions to consumers, there's one piece of advice I always provide first: don't buy a TV that can't show 4K resolution or HDR.

To clarify, 4K refers to a super-sharp 2160p resolution that modern video game consoles, such as the PS5, and streaming devices have begun to support globally. HDR, on the other hand, is a high dynamic range of colors that considerably expands the difference between bright and darks, making movies, television shows, and video games that support it seem better than before.

The bad news for those looking for a new TV is that skipping 4K or HDR (most TVs that do one also do the other) would leave them with major FOMO as more and more material is aired in these formats. The good news is that it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a TV larger than 40 inches that don't support 4K and HDR, and they're becoming more affordable. For example, I almost solely play video games and watch movies on a 43-inch TCL TV that performs admirably and costs less than $300.

However, there is one significant disadvantage to HDR: there are many different types of HDR (for boring technical reasons). Most people wouldn't notice the variation in color processing because it's so minor. By far the most prevalent standards are HDR10 and Dolby Vision, with the former being the most extensively utilized. Any HDR TV will inform you of the standard it supports on the box, so if you have HDR10 or Dolby Vision, you should be fine.


Unfortunately, while purchasing a new television in 2022, another crucial display distinction to consider is LCD vs. OLED.

Liquid crystal display (or LCD) technology has been used in almost all devices with displays for the past 15 to 20 years. Look for a TV with an organic light-emitting diode (or OLED) display if you have more money to invest and want the highest visual quality.

This is another feature that will be prominently promoted on the box, so don't be surprised if there is some confusion. The only difference between LCD and OLED TVs is that LCD TVs utilize a backlight to illuminate each pixel, whereas OLED TV pixels are individually lighted. As a consequence, OLED TVs nearly always outperform LCD TVs in terms of image quality, but they're also significantly more expensive. For example, a Sony 55-inch OLED TV will almost certainly provide a magnificent image, but it will set you back more than $2,000 in the process.

If you need to buy an LCD set to save money, don't be embarrassed. It'll still look good, but not as well as something much more expensive.

For gamers, HDMI 2.1 is a requirement.

This final piece is basically only relevant to gamers, so the rest of you may quit reading right now.

For some titles, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X feature high frame rate settings, meaning that with the correct hardware, you can play at an unfathomably smooth 120 frames per second. That implies you'll need a TV with a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher (though most TVs these days are either 60Hz or 120Hz).

That's simple enough, as the refresh rate of a television can be found on the box or on the manufacturer's website in seconds. However, if you want to play 120 FPS games at a resolution close to 4K, you'll need to make sure your TV has an HDMI 2.1 connector. A specific HDMI 2.1 cable is also required.

Without getting too technical, HDMI 2.1 delivers enough power for a TV and a connected device to simultaneously show high frame rates and high resolutions. Unfortunately, this is still not very prevalent in low-cost televisions. If you want the finest gaming experience imaginable, the LG OLED C1 will set you back roughly $1,300 and will give you 4K, 120Hz, and an OLED display.

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