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Buying a new TV? Beware these five myths


Buying a TV can be stressful enough – deciding which brand to go with, what screen size, and how much to spend – but compounding the experience is being upsold to invest in specific features, pricier cables, or an extended warranty.

Hold your ground, dear shopper, as you need not bow to the pressure.

Oh sure, some things are worth considering – like a gamer choosing a 120Hz television over 60Hz, for a smoother and more responsive experience – but there is a lot you really don’t need.

Despite what the salesperson tells you at the big box store (or what’s listed as “Recommended for you” upon checkout at your favorite online retailer), the following are a few things you likely can pass on.

While 8K televisions are now available – including gorgeous models from the likes of Samsung shown here – know there isn’t a lot of 8K content yet, though these televisions can “upscale” HD or 4K content to near 8K quality.

Myth 1: You need 4K on a small TV

Instead of a Full HD (1080p) television that boasts roughly 2 million pixels (the little dots that make up the image), a 4K TV has more than 8 million pixels. This bump up in resolution translates to an incredibly clear image.

But if you’re shopping for a small-ish TV (by today’s standards), like a 40- or 42-inch model, there’s no point in going with 4K as you won’t likely see a difference between a 4K and 1080p HD picture.

The only exception is if you sit really close to the television. 

Buying a 4K TV is a no-brainer if it’s a 55-inch TV or bigger, even though you would need to be sitting less than eight feet from a 65-inch TV to even notice the difference between 4K and 1080p HD, according to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

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For sure you should go with a 4K TV – prices have dropped, the technology has evolved, and there’s a ton of content to justify the purchase – but you might not need 4K for smaller TVs.

Myth 2: The timing is right for 8K

While the sales rep may suggest otherwise, you don’t need to buy an 8K television just yet.

Why? They’re not cheap, there isn’t a lot of 8K content to justify the investment (though it can upscale to near 8K quality), and the jump from 4K to 8K isn’t as significant as HD to 4K (or SD to HD). 


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