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Buying Guides

Don't know your LCD from your LED? Our buying guides make choosing your new TV set-up simple.

Picture Technology Buying Guide

Plasma TV

What is a Plasma TV?

Plasma TVs offer you bright colours and deep black tones, using heated, illuminated phosphors to create the picture, despite being the oldest in terms of technology. They're perfect for gamers or sports fans looking for fast response times as each pixel is controlled individually, which reduces motion blur.

They're the heavyweights of the TV world so you'll probably need a stand, rather than mounting it onto the wall. It's worth noting that they are less energy efficient compared to rival screens, so will cost you more to run, but overall they're a solid, cheaper option.

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What is an LCD TV?

LCD TVs are a great budget buy for shoppers looking for a slimline model. They use fluorescent tubes to backlight the screen and have a liquid-crystal filter inside that blocks and bends light to produce colour – preventing screen glare. LCDs offer a vibrant display but they can struggle to create deep blacks and darker images. Grab a bargain while you can as LCDs are being slowly phased out by manufacturers for more energy efficient technologies.


What is an LED TV?

LED TVs are very similar to LCDs but use hundreds of little light emitting diodes to give a sharp and vibrant display to create a full colour range from deep blacks to brilliant bright tones. Some models use LED lights situated around the edge of the screen to do this, whereas others use a panel of lights at the back - both types are equally as effective.

A fantastic all-rounder performance wise, LEDs are super thin, and you'll find a great range of screen sizes too.

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What is an OLED TV?

When it comes to top of the range TVs, OLED models are right up there, offering the biggest range of colours, brightest screens and widest viewing angles. Each pixel uses a small blob of organic phosphor to emit light and it's this technology that makes it such a super-efficient, slim and good looking option.

Brimming with features, expect OLED TVs to offer the newest innovations in Smart features and 3D technology. However, you will have to pay a little bit more to get your hands on one as they're new to the market.