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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.

Resolution Buying Guide

One of the most important things to consider when buying your new TV is screen resolution. You'll come across loads terms and random numbers, so we've broken them down here to give you a clearer picture.

Resolution is measured in pixels. Pixels are tiny illuminations that make up the image on your screen. So, when you're researching TVs and you see something like this: Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels, it means that there are 640 pixels horizontally by 480 pixels vertically.

Put basically, more pixels = a clearer picture, which makes it all sound a little simpler. Now we'll look at what other terms mean in relation to picture quality and resolution.

SD Display

What is SD?

SD means standard definition. This type of resolution is relatively old now and consists of far fewer pixels than their more modern counterparts.

HD Display

What is HD?

HD stands for high definition and has taken the baton from SD as being the most popular choice of resolution. You get a clearer, sharper image compared to standard definition and they generally come in two different pixel measurements: 720p and 1080p.

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720p HD Ready

720p

When you see this term, it means that the TV is HD ready. It receives a HD signal, but the picture detail you see isn't full HD.

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Full HD 1080

1080p

1080p gives you full HD quality and these TVs are becoming more and more commonplace.

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4k Ultra HD

What is 4k?

Crashing the market is 4k, which is also known as Super HD or Ultra HD. They consist of twice as many pixels than even full HD and offer unrivalled picture quality too. As 4K is new to the game, these TVs come with a bigger price tag.