What to Consider When Buying a Small Smart TV

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The wide range of entertainment gadgets today makes buying a small smart TV a tedious process. Many companies today have great innovations as far as TVs, and the accessories attached to it are concerned.

Various factors will guide you on the size of the TV you need. Major ones are:

Room size: A small TV works well for small rooms. Most people get them for the office, bedrooms, small classrooms, or small TV rooms. Placing a small television in a massive room compromises on visibility since the content may not be very clear from far.

Purpose: Why are you getting the TV? Investing thousands in a unit that you will hardly watch is a waste of resources. Some people are not screen fans and would not switch on a TV for months. But they still want one at their disposal when they have to watch something. For such, a small TV is enough.

Budget: Smaller TVs cost way less than the enormous screens. When cash is limited, and you need a TV, you do not need to wait. Just get a small TV within your budget and follow your programs.

Unlike some years back, the choice of a TV is more complicated today. Things are more technical in this tech-era, and as a client, you need to get value for the money. Here are some considerations that will leave you with a positive post-purchase effect.

Screen resolution

TVs come with different resolutions – the number of pixels per inch- that affects the clarity of the images. Depending on how small you want to go with the TV size, screen resolution is a factor. Today, 4K Ultra HD TV will give you the best clarity and amazing pictures. However, you will hardly get sets below 40-inch sets with such features. The main reason is that, in smaller TVs below 32-inches, the 4K Ultra HD will not make a big difference.  Most companies manufacturer only big TVs with the 4K Ultra HD. For the smaller units like 32” and below, Standard HD (720p) or Full HD (1080p) works perfectly.

Smart TV or not

A small smart TV will allow you to stream movies and shows through different apps like Prime, YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. The internet connection that is supported by Wi-Fi connectivity and an Ethernet port makes it possible.

While the smart TVs make it easy for streaming, you can still turn your TV into a smart one, to enable streaming, by attaching devices like Fire TV or ROKU.

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Screen Refresh rates

It is crucial to note that many manufacturers embellish refresh rates inflating the numbers with their video processing technologies and backlight scanning. Refresh rates refer to how often the picture or frame on your screen changes.

When checking the specs, note that different brands have different names for the refresh rates. Samsung calls it (CMR)“Clear Motion Rate,” Toshiba “ClearScan,” Sony “Motionflow,” LG “TruMotion,” and  VIZIO “Scenes Per Second” (SPS). All mean the same thing. You will find the embellished numbers listed on the Amazon and other vendors spec listings.

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Most small TVs have a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is not ideal for watching fast-action footage. When things move fast, the images may be blurry with the low refresh rates. The “judder” is more however more noticeable on large screens. For a small smart TV, you have to be so close to notice.

As a thumb-rule, faster refresher rate is better.

Some TVs with a very high refresh rate relies on motion interpolation, which makes pictures look too crisp, often referred to as a “Soap Opera Effect.” It flashes the frame numerously to trick the brain. You can turn off the feature to avoid the Soap Opera effect if you wish.

Connectivity

Thanks to technology, most modern devices associated with TVs come with HDMI ports delivering good sound and picture. Connectivity, which is how you connect accessories to your TV, is critical. Just ensure that the TV you are buying has the needed ports to interface with your game consoles, streaming devices, sound bars, DVRs, or any other peripherals you wish.

The best choice of a small smart TV is one that will accommodate most accessories possible.

TV Brand

Some people are brand loyal. If you are one of them, then getting any other brand is out of the question. Big names like LG, Samsung, and Sony, have delivered great products leaving a reliable reputation. LG, for example, has incredible pictures and viewing angles, while Samsung always has a cutting edge, sophisticated invention up its sleeve.

Brands like VIZIO and TCL, though not famous, are excellent and affordable options for anyone who is not brand sensitive.

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Viewing angle

How far is the side angle from the center of the TV that will give you a good view? If you are watching TV from a straight point, then any TV will do, however, if you are sitting at an angle that is not straight, you may lose contrast and color. Check alternative angles if the vision is not clear.

Design

A few people do not care how the set appears. To others, looks are everything. Again, depending on the buyers’ taste, one TV may appeal to a client while putting off another customer. Follow your taste.

Get a TV that will appeal to you and other users. While at it, try and blend it with the rest of the accessories and the room interior.

Commonly, a small TV is referred to sets from 32” and below. However, 40-inch TVs fall right into this category. The best thing is that you will get outstanding sets with most features that the big ones have. In other words, it is possible to get the sophisticated sets in small TVs. Note that the price is higher than the small “non-smart” TVs. You will not have to pay through your nose though.

If you have a small room, limited budget, or considering to supplement your projector or main TV with a smaller one in a spare room, consider getting a small smart TV.