You need a new TV, but where do you start? You can go look at the Walmart TVs, but unless you do a bit of research you will find yourself confused. Picking out a new TV requires a bit of thought and basic planning.
With all the advancements in technology, there is a confusing variety of TV makes and models. The first thing you need to consider when looking for a new television is the type. There are essentially only two basic types of televisions on the market: the LED-LCD and plasma.
LED-LCD Walmart TVs
You will see these labeled in a variety of ways, including LED, LCD or LED-LCD. They are all pretty much the same and are commonly referred to as LED-LCD TVs. The only difference in an LED television is the use of an LED (Light-emitting diode) backlight instead of the fluorescent light used in LCD (Liquid Crystal Display).
True LCD TVs are fading out of the market in favor of the LED because the LED is more energy efficient and generally has a clearer picture. LEDs are also known to produce clearer, more vibrant color and truer blacks than the fluorescent tubing of the LCDs.
The backlighting on either variety makes them an excellent choice for bright rooms, as their primary light source is behind the picture and they are less likely to show glare and reflection. LCDs have a problem with viewing angles, as you move away from the center of the viewing area you will quickly lose contrast and color.
One common complaint by film aficionados is that the LED-LCD panels tend to look flat and don’t give you that film-like feel. LCD and LED screens can have problems keeping up with fast movement and sudden changes, which may generate blurring when an image shows fast motion.
- Thin and lightweight
- Energy efficient
- Great color and contrast
- Bright picture
- Lose color and contrast at angled viewing
- Generally higher in price
- Image may blur during fast action
Plasma Walmart TVs
This was the first type of HDTV available on the market. A plasma screen creates the picture using gases, which collide and heat up, creating and lighting the TV’s picture. Since it produces its own light, there is no need for backlighting. The lack of backlighting makes plasma a poor choice for brightly lit rooms. However, many newer models have special screens, which reduce the glare and reflections.
Plasma TVs are generally priced lower than their newer cousins, but they consume more energy. On older models, there is a also risk of burn-in of a static image, newer models utilize several methods to prevent this from happening.
Plasma televisions are a good choice if you want an almost unlimited viewing angle and they provide you with effortless motion and uniform illumination over the entire screen. Plasma TVs give you the best picture quality and show true colors such as black. Plasma technology can react to changes in the image faster than LCD technology, making it ideal for watching sporting events.
- Lower priced
- Truer Colors
- Unlimited viewing angle
- Image keeps up with fast action
- Consumes more energy
- Produces heat
- Potential for burn-in
- Susceptible to glare and reflections
- Limited on size options
Look at Types, not Features
When looking at the Walmart TVs and making your final decision, consider the amount of lighting in the room. If the room is brightly lit or the television will be placed somewhere that gets a lot of glare, then the LCD-LED models are probably the better choice.
You also need to consider your primary viewing options. If you are more interested in high action viewing that is susceptible to rapid image changes, such as sporting events, then a plasma television is the way to go. Just be sure to pay a little more and get one with a low-glare screen.
A few years ago, it was much simpler because your choices were limited. Now, people are overwhelmed by the huge variety of choices in high-definition televisions. You see 3-D, 2-D, HD, Ultra HD, OLED, LCD, LED and plasma. They might declare themselves as TV types, but not all of them are — most are just features.
When you first start looking — ignore it all and stick to the basics, figure out whether you want an LED-LCD or a Plasma TV. Weigh the pros and cons of each type, then once you’ve decided between them, start looking at the rest of it and figure out what features you want on your new television.