TV buying guide
Whether you are upgrading to a new TV or looking at options for your home, all the new TV tech can be a bit confusing. We've put together this handy Buying Guide to help break down what some of the terminology actually means for you.
What is the right size screen for me?
How big you can go depends on the size of your room, and how far you are able to sit away from the TV.
Measure the distance between where your TV will be and where you'll be sitting in inches. Divide this number by two for your recommended screen size. This formula can be helpful but isn't vital. You should always choose the size that feels right for you.
TV size guide
Our size guide can help you select the correct size TV for your space. Use the arrows to choose how far away you will be sat from the screen and we will provide a recommendation.
How is screen size is measured?
The screen is measured diagonally (from the top right corner to bottom left, or top the screen is measured diagonally (from the top right corner to bottom left, or top left corner to bottom right).left corner to bottom right).
How should I measure the TV to find the right stand/wall mount?
The TV dimensions are provided on the online product pages which will help you to decide if it will fit in the space you have. LG TVs support standard VESA wall mount brackets - simply check the product page for the VESA dimensions of your desired TV and ensure the wall mount bracket or stand which you choose supports this.
Technology & features
What is OLED?
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. OLED TV screens can be ultra-slim and lighter in comparison to QLED and LED TVs, this is because they don't use a large backlight.
OLED TVs use individual pixels that can turn on or off by themselves which improves contrast control and motion fluidity, creating the brightest pictures, deepest blacks and most vibrant colours. With an OLED you'll see incredibly accurate detail, depth and textures taking your viewing experience to the next level.
We have a vast array of OLED TVs from the biggest TV brands including LG, Panasonic and Sony.
OLED TV Benefits:
- Exceptional contrast with bright, vibrant and accurate colours as well as deep blacks. The blacker the screen, the better the contrast
- Smooth realistic motion
- OLED is lighter and thinner than all TV technologies including QLED
- Energy efficiency (individual pixels can be turned off)
- Excellent viewing angles
What is QLED?
A QLED TV is a Quantum dot-based TV, and that Quantum dot material is what makes QLED TVs different from conventional ones.
So, what is a Quantum dot?
Quantum dots are ultra-fine semiconductor materials of nanoscale size. These dots produce different colours of light depending on the particle size — the larger the size the more red the colour, and the smaller the size the more blue the colour. They are able to emit precise coloured light because particle sizes adjust at quantum-level velocities, resulting in accurate and efficient light emissions. The greater efficiency in luminance brings about tremendous changes in overall picture quality.
QLED TVs take advantage of the many unique characteristics that Quantum dots offer such as "high luminance". Luminance refers to how bright a screen looks and that brightness is an important factor affecting other elements of image quality. First, contrast ratio is naturally improved when brightness is higher. When bright and dark representation of videos and images can be widely expressed, it's known as HDR (high dynamic range). This HDR, which is an essential component of picture quality, is enhanced further providing crisp and rich images.
The effect of brightness on overall colour quality is simple. For example in the red colour spectrum there is a range of bright and dark reds, but QLED TVs express this range of colours better. This unique QLED technology, along with other black implementation technologies such as Direct Full Array, provides a completely different picture quality and a more realistic viewing experience compared to non-QLED TVs
What is Neo QLED?
In 2021, Samsung launched a revolutionary Neo QLED TV. What is a Neo QLED TV? Neo QLED basically stands for neo (or new) quantum light-emitting diode. In a TV, it basically means that the thousands of tiny LED light bulbs in the backlight panel in your QLED TV are now replaced by even smaller, finer, and granular sand-like LED particles.
That means users can benefit from an even wider range of brightness, up to a billion colours, better contrast ratio - altogether precision in colour and light control.
What is LCD?
LCD stands for liquid crystal display. The liquid crystals block or allow light to pass through them. The different colours and brightness levels created by the liquid crystals and various filters become the picture you see on the screen.View LCD TVs
What is Smart TV?
A smart TV is a TV with internet connectivity, which means you can stream movies, shows, video games, apps and a lot more content through your TV set. Although most TVs are smart nowadays, operating systems will differ between brands and the apps they support will vary. Make sure you research the different operating systems before you buy a TV to make sure the subscriptions you currently have will work - e.g., whether Now TV is available.
More premium smart TVs may also offer extra features such as voice control, whereby you can control your TV using just your voice (if the TV has a built-in microphone) or by holding down a button on the voice remote while you speak. Some Smart TVs will also allow you to communicate with other smart devices within your home such as your security cameras and appliances. It's truly effortless and offers you the ultimate connected experience.
Key features to look out for:
- Google Assistant - control your TV with your voice
- Chromecast - stream (or cast) content from your smartphone to your TV screen
- Apple Airplay built in - stream (or cast) content from your Apple device to your TV screen
- Works with Alexa - control your TV from an Alexa device wirelessly
What is 4K?
A 4K TV is a TV set with 4K resolution. That means the TV has 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels, for a total of about 8.3 million pixels. On TV product specifications, resolutions are usually shown as "3840 x 2160" for 4K TVs.
Resolution is a term that tells you just how densely these tiny dots, the pixels, are put together on the display. Individual pixels collect together to make up the image you see on the screen, so the higher the pixel count the higher the resolution. The "K" in 4K stands for Kilo (1000), meaning a TV that has achieved a horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels.
When watching a 4K TV you'll see the detail with crystal-clear clarity, so much so that it can almost feel like 3D. We've got a full range of 4K TVs from the most trusted brands, including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic. Generally, you'll find that 4K TVs come in larger screens, 40 inches or more. This is because, to really appreciate the higher picture quality, you need to watch it on a larger TV.
What is 8K?
An 8K TV has four times the number of pixels of a 4K TV, which, in turn, has four times the number of pixels of an HD TV. The resolution of an 8K TV is 7,680 x 4,320 for a total of 33,177,600 pixels. This means that 8K TVs can display incredibly sharp, crisp images that show more detail than a 4K TV.View 8K TVs
What is HD?
HD, 4K and 8K are all forms of screen resolution. HD stands for High definition and is a television screen made up of 1,280 x 720 pixels, this is sometimes referenced as 720p. HD TVs will provide good colour and clarity and sharper, more life-like images.
What is surround sound?
Surround sound is a method for elevating the depth of sound normally produced by your TV set. It uses multiple speakers to surround the listener, creating a similar life-like experience to that first developed for cinema audiences.
Do I need a soundbar?
All TVs come with a built-in sound system; the sound quality will vary depending on the model you choose. A soundbar, however, is a great way to improve your audio, whether you are wanting to recreate the cinema experience at home or enjoy better-sounding music for social gatherings.View Soundbars