In today’s technology driven society, a nice television is often the centerpiece of a great room. Put another way, it is the ultimate eye candy for any home. That is why so many people change out TV’s every few years as new technology gets developed. However, just like buying anything else, a little bit of research and planning goes a long way. When it comes to purchasing a new TV, factors to consider include price, customer reviews, industry reviews, screen size, picture quality, and the size of the room where the television will be placed.
Of these factors, price obviously ranks near the top. With the economy in shambles, many families lack the disposable income to purchase the latest and greatest TV’s on the market. However, we strongly recommend to not just purchase the cheapest television you can find. Often times, there is a reason that television is available on such a good deal. It could have an issue with picture quality, or it may come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty and service agreement than more expensive models. The key here is to evaluate numerous customer and industry reviews prior to purchase. If the reviews are good, go ahead and make the purchase. If they aren’t, look for a different model. Being forced to call a TV repair company within days of buying your new toy is not fun.
Besides price and online reviews, it is important to think about the screen size, picture quality, and where the TV installation will take place in your home. If the TV will be placed in a small room, a 100 inch TV is probably not the best choice. Conversely, if the TV is going to be the defining feature of a large space, a 32 inch TV is too small. Then, when it comes to picture quality, 4K technology costs more than ultra HD, which costs more than standard HD. Therefore, you must determine how important picture quality is to you, and how much you are willing to spend on it.
The bottom line is you need to know the type of television you want before you ever step foot in a store. You also need to have a decent grasp of what a television with all the features you want will cost. By doing so, you prevent a salesman from trying to up-sell you on more expensive TVs, and wrecking your budget in the process.