Tips for Choosing a Smart TV

Smart TVs are making TV watching easier than ever. They connect to many of the services you might want to use to watch your favorite programming. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking to buy a smart TV.

Display Details

TVs come with various display technologies and resolutions. Generally, a higher resolution display will cost more to purchase and provide a better quality picture. You will also find choices such as LED, LCD, and OLED to evaluate. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. If you have the chance to look at the TV sets you’re considering in-store, you can evaluate which ones provide a picture that you find most pleasing and choose your favorite that falls within your budget.

Reliability and Warranty

The quality of available TV sets can vary among manufacturers and models. Price is not always the best indicator of reliability. Research options in your price range to get a sense of which brands are the highest rated, and also consider the warranties offered. If you ever need to have your TV repaired, it’s great to own a brand that has a repair facility near you. For example, the printed circuit board (PCB) in your TV could fail. A technician could use a test probe such as the GP35-12AL-VM and GigaProbes (TM) for PCB testing to evaluate whether the PCB needs to be replaced.


It may seem like bigger is always better when choosing a TV, but that isn’t always. In a small room, a large TV could be overwhelming and difficult to watch. Consider the distance of the TV from your main seating area when choosing a size. The resolution also matters — a higher resolution display, such as 4K, is less pixelated, meaning you can sit closer without being able to see individual pixels in the picture.

When choosing a new TV, consider what would work best in the space you have available, and for the budget you have to spend. There are many great options with a variety of features to suit every need.