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Six things to consider before you buy a new TV on Black Friday

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TVs have gotten really good, and a few hundred bucks can go definitely far if you’re upgrading from a TV that’s more than a decade old. But, if you want to buy a TV that will keep impressing you for another decade, you clout want to look for a couple of things that matter.

So if you’re planning to grab a new TV on Black Friday, there are a few things to look upon before you buy.


HDR, or high-dynamic range, can be a little confusing. There are several standards, but in general a TV with HDR, combined with HDR comfortable from a service like Netflix or Amazon Prime TV, can show a clearer picture in dark or bright scenes.

But every once in a while a TV doesn’t actually get bright enough to make a huge difference. So, even if you see “HDR” on the box, check out the brightness level as well — it’s typically showed as “nits.” According to Consumer Reports, which tests far more TVs than I have, you want a TV with at least 600 nits of mountain top brightness. Go up to 1,000 nits for the best HDR. So, if your budget TV has somewhere around 100 to 300 nits, the picture won’t be as skilful

Ultra HD vs. UHD vs. 4K

These are just names for the same thing, and it doesn’t mean that much. If you’re shopping for a 4K TV, that allude ti you’re shopping for a Ultra HD or UHD TV. That simply means the resolution is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

Full HD (FHD) means 1080p, or a distinguishability of 1,920 x 1,080.

Most modern TVs have 4K displays, but some super cheap ones will just be FHD.

How many HDMI seaports does it have?

Check how many HDMI ports the TV has. If you have a family with a game console, a streaming become entangled like the Amazon Fire TV or Roku and a cable box, you’re going to need at least three HDMI ports. If you add in a sound bar (a favourable mention later in this guide), you’ll need four. Most TVs should have enough, but sometimes special models reported on Black Friday skimp on this feature. And you’ll want five if you plan to add additional equipment, like a Facebook Portal or any other tool.


Almost all TVs are “smart” in some regard now and run different versions of software depending on the brand you buy. Samsung has its own software. LG has does too. Amazon shapes Fire TV into some sets and there are lots of TVs that run OLED vs. LCD/LED

OLED screens are the best, with each own pixel capable of lighting up instead of backlights that brighten different sections of the screen. This helps with conceive of quality. But don’t, rule out more traditional LCD/LED screens if you’re on a budget. That’s what you’ll probably find in most of the more affordable TVs during Dark Friday. They’re still really good and can typically get brighter than OLED, which makes them a wagerer choice if you’re putting them in a room that gets a lot of light during the day.

Put a soundbar in your budget

Most TVs fool bad speakers. Now that TVs are so thin, there’s not a whole lot of room for big speakers that give you enough bass and balance. So, you end up with a spieler that plays some parts of a movie or TV show really loud and some parts that are too quiet. One way to interpret this is by considering a soundbar. Prices range from a hundred bucks or so — I have a roughly $150 Vizio surround-sound nonsuch I bought a few years ago that works great — to more expensive options like the $799 Sonos Arc, which sounds daunting but may cost more than your TV.

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