One of the more recent advances in television technology is the increase in use of liquid crystal display technology, better known as LCD. Instead of using the limited scope of older tube displays, LCD monitors and televisions allow a much sharper picture with higher definition because they use a liquid gel to filter the light of the television and create images in true color instead of the three-color combinations used by older televisions.
Choosing an LCD television can be difficult, though, especially if you don't know much about the technology or what makes one LCD set better or worse than the next. If you're wanting to purchase an LCD television in the near future, it's important that you keep a few things in mind.
- When you're looking at the size of an LCD screen, that size is measured diagonally from the top left corner of the screen to the bottom right. This includes the non-viewable parts of the screen, which is why you'll often see a separate note that tells the size of the viewable area of the screen.
- Once you have an idea of the size of screen that you want for your LCD television, you need to take a moment to look at the resolution. This tells you how many pixels are on a screen, with the first number indicating the width in pixels and the second number indicating the height in pixels. The larger the resolution is, the smaller the pixels are and the more intricate images will appear (due to having more pixels in the image). For example, a screen with a resolution of 1024 by 768 would have 1,024 pixels across the screen and 768 pixels down the screen. However, a screen with a resolution of 1280 by 1024 would have a much higher resolution since it would have 1,280 pixels across the screen and 1,024 pixels down it. The higher the resolution is, the crisper and more detailed the images will appear... but the more the screen will cost as well.
- If you're wanting to have a high-definition television, you need to make sure that the LCD television that you're looking at is HD-ready. Not all screens are designed for high-definition, and they will usually require a separate HD tuner in order to get high-definition programming to display properly.
- As with many technologies, the larger your screen is and the higher the resolution that is possible on the screen, then the more you're going to have to pay for it. Taking the time to shop around and compare brands can help you to find the best balance of size, resolution, and price that you can get.
- Remember that unless you're buying a relatively small LCD television, you might have problems fitting it in your vehicle. Either be sure to take a truck, or purchase from a retailer that offers home delivery (especially if they offer free delivery on larger purchases.)
- When shopping for an LCD television, you should take the time to compare the different sets that they have on display to get a better feel for what you're looking at. Look at the picture quality that each offers, the size of the screen, and any distortion that may be caused by an odd resolution. See if any of the sets offer accessories such as ambient lighting (which is a set of small lights in the side of the television that projects light of different colors on the wall beside the unit which match the colors most prevalent on the screen). Find the set that you like best that falls within your budget, and make an informed decision as to what you're going to buy.