There are several factors to consider when deciding between a low-cost and high-cost 4K tv. What is the difference? What one do you think you should get? Is it worthwhile to invest in a high-end 4K television?
The desire to know what TV to buy becomes more noticeable as the holiday season and Black Friday approaches.
There is a lot of publicity out there to convince you that you need to buy a high-end 4K TV. But, are any of the provided features really worth it? Can you just go for something less expensive?
So, let’s talk about 4K TVs in general, what features to expect, and what to think about before making a purchase.
What is a 4K Resolution (4K TV)?
The resolution of pixels output by the display is referred to as 4K. The resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels on paper (also referred to as 2160p). It’s called 4K (or 4,000) because the display’s horizontal resolution is almost 4,000 pixels.
There is a significant variation in pixels between 4K and 1080p or 2160p and 1080p. We go through the differences between 2160p and 1080p in more detail here, so it’s practically four times the resolution!
Smaller vs Larger 4K TV (Screen Size)?
The pixel density of 4K TVs is determined by the screen size. So, if you have a 42-inch and a 65-inch 4K TV, they both have the same number of pixels. The 65-inch panel, on the other hand, would have more density for the pixels to spread out across. As a consequence, the 65-inch has a lower pixel density than the 42-inch models.
When buying a TV or monitor, this is a crucial factor to remember. When looking at 4K TVs, keep in mind that a wider screen does not imply a higher resolution; all 4K TVs have the same resolution.
What to Look for in a 4K TV?
What do you look for in a 4K television? When choosing between inexpensive and pricey 4K TVs, keep in mind what is most important to you and your viewing experience.
Location: Consider where the TV will be going; dining room, basement, or bedroom. This will help you figure out how bright your TV can be (based on how bright the room will be), if you’ll need extra speakers, and how you’ll mount it.
Screen Size: Along with the position, make sure the TV can suit where you want this to go. Often, be certain that it is the acceptable size for your requirements. Smaller is safer if you’ll be working next by, and vice versa.
Speakers: One of the most overlooked elements of a decent TV watching experience is speakers. External speakers or sound bars play a vital role in any setup and can not be overlooked.
Design: While this isn’t as important as it used to be, your TV should match your room well and fit the look.
Curved vs Non-Curved: Curved TVs are becoming less common because they don’t have much in the way of viewing experiences. However, you should know what kind of TV you want and which one is better for your room.
Mounting: Consider how your TV will be mounted; stock legs, wall-mount, shelf-mount, or TV stand.
WiFi / Smart Features: Smart TV’s are almost uncommon nowadays. It is, however, a functionality you can think about. If you’re going to use an external device (like an Amazon Fire Stick), you do not need the most advanced Smart features. However, if you don’t, it’s something you might look into.
HDMI / Ports: It’s critical to have enough I/O connections on the back of your TV, which is often overlooked. You’ll need enough ports if you want to connect items like a game console, a mobile screen, a cable box, or other devices.
As a result, looking for certain things is a little more difficult and it all depends on your particular use case. Regardless, there are a few features of 4K TVs that you can look for (or at least be aware of).
LED / OLED / LCD
Cheap 4K TV’s
When it comes to a low-cost 4K TV, you don’t start losing features like you will on a high-cost 4K TV. You usually get “lower” versions of these features, even if you don’t get any of them.
A cheap 4K TV, for example, is unlikely to have a slow processor and a poorly designed Smart TV core. Although this does not seem to be a big deal, it makes a big difference. Processors have a major impact on the speed of your television, and therefore on your viewing experience.
Furthermore, while both low-cost and high-cost 4K TVs would have the same number of pixels (resolution). They may not have the same pixel quality. The distinction between OLED and LED is incredible, and it makes a significant difference.
Cheaper televisions can also be absent of a significant number of I/O ports. As a result, you’ll only have 1-2 HDMI ports, 1 audio output, and maybe one USB port (they have been getting better about this though).
There are a few other differences in the features, but the Smart features are the most significant for us. It is essential to have a Smart TV that is quick, responsive, and usable. There are two options to do this: use a smart device or invest in a decent smart television. When it comes to 4K TVs, you certainly get what you pay for in terms of speed, performance, and reliability.
Expensive (Premium) 4K TV’s
Expensive or luxury 4K TVs are the very opposite to low-cost models. Just as you’d expect, they have a lot of premium features! Still, the question is, do you actually need these features?
The upgraded processor and software is one aspect that we think everyone, or at least the majority of people, can take advantage of. This will have a significant impact on your experience. However, if you don’t want to use the TV’s software (and should use anything like a Fire Stick), you shouldn’t be concerned.
When it comes to features like Smart Color or Motion modes, though, we usually switch them off because they aren’t worth the extra money. Also for some audio devices that are sold in connection with television sets, they tend to use external speakers. As a result, the included systems for which you are paying are useless to us.
You’re still paying for a higher-resolution screen, which will make a huge difference for certain users. However, some people would never notice the gap between a $500 and a $3000 television. You’ll also get narrower bezels, a thinner display, and a more elegant stand (though TVs have already gotten pretty thin).
Final Verdict: Cheap vs Expensive 4K TV
So, do you buy a cheap or costly 4K television?
It all depends on what you’re watching on TV and what you’re looking for. Most consumers would never use the features found in super-premium televisions.
For most people, we suggest anything in the $700-1200 range. Although prices differ based on screen size, this price range is in the middle of the pack for 4K TVs and should give you the best value for the money.
To summarise, the safest bet is to find the best offer in whatever screen size you’re considering and buy it! But first, take a look at our guide to the best 4K TVs under $300!