Welcome to the land of high-definition diminishing returns, also known as 4K television. Or at least that's one way of looking at the myriad new ultra-high-definition displays that all the big names and even some lesser-known companies are introducing this week at CES. In case you're out of the loop on what 4K is, it's a display standard that uses roughly 4,000 pixels horizontally across the screen; it has four times the number of pixels of 1080p and double that of a 13-inch MacBook Retina display. If the hype around those now old-timey-seeming retina displays is true, then only a robot should be able to tell the difference between 2K (Retina-level resolution) and 4K. That begs the big question about all these bleeding-edge panels: why should we care? Let us know in the poll just how much 4K has piqued your interest. … [Read more...] about Do you really care about 4K TVs? (poll)
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Ultra HD, colloquially known as "4K," is everywhere on TV shelves and online this year. Previously restricted to only high-end models, 4K resolution has become so inexpensive that your next 50-inch or larger TV will probably be 4K.What does it mean? Does it matter? Why should I care? Here are the basics -- a cheat sheet if you will -- about this advancement in TV technology.Higher than HD resolution, and possibly more To put it simply, Ultra HD is a resolution greater than HD. Resolution on TV screens consists of physical pixels, the tiny dots of light that together form the picture. Look closely (you may need a magnifying glass) and you can see them, but move back to a typical seating distance and they blend together. Today's 4K TVs almost all have a horizontal resolution of 3,840 pixels and a vertical resolution of 2,160 pixels. A single line of pixels across the screen is 3,840 pixels long, and a line of pixels down the screen is 2,160 pixels long. Multiply those numbers and you … [Read more...] about What you need to know about 4K TVs
In a small room away from the main convention center at the CEDIA Expo, LG showed off its upcoming 84-inch 4K LCD, the LG 84LM9600. I got a close-up look at the new ultraresolution panel, got a lot of questions answered, and got a rough idea what we can expect when it starts shipping next month. Curious? I was too. 1st 4K TV impressionsWhy 4K TVs are stupid" and "Why 4K TVs are stupid (still)." For those of you who read the articles, I'm very specific in my complaint about 4K TVs: it's that in the sizes most people buy, and at the distances most people sit from a TV, 1080p is largely unnecessary, making 4K ridiculous overkill. But 84 inches is not a "normal" size. At that size, it's far more likely you'd be able to see the added resolution with 4K. However, at the demo, LG wasn't showing any 4K material. Instead it showed upconverted 1080p content, which, let's be honest, is going to be the vast majority of the content this TV will get throughout its life. Unfortunately, with this … [Read more...] about Hands-on(ish) with LG’s 4K TV
Black Friday deals for 4k TVs have been announced and there's some great savings to be had. If you've not yet upgraded to the UHD future, now’s the time to do it; whether you're streaming from Netflix or YouTube, or you've got a Sky Sports and/or a BT Sport subscription, there's more content available than there ever has been. More panels support HDR and prices are lower than ever before - and they're going to be even lower over the next few days. We've rounded up the best deals on 4k TVs going and as more Black Friday bargains emerge, we'll add them to this article as well as shouting about them on our main round-up page here. Thinking of picking up a 4k TV? Want a games console to go with that? LG UJ630V - 43, 49, and 55-inch 4k HDR smart TVs LG's UJ630V range of 4k Ultra HD TVs are equipped to handle high dynamic range (HDR) algorithms including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HDR 10. Built-in Freeview and Freesat tuners mean you can quickly and easily hook this up to your aerial … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2017: Best 4k TV deals
Ultra high-definition (4K) technology has loomed over the television industry for years. Just over a decade ago we made the jump from standard definition (480p resolution or lower) to high-definition (720p resolution or higher), and many people bought new TVs in the process. Now that it's clear 4K is here to stay, it's time to decide if another upgrade is in order. 4K, which is recognized as 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution for televisions, boasts four times the amount of pixels as 1080p displays. 4K televisions have been trickling into the market slowly, seeing similar curves of both adoption and price that HDTVs once had. A few years ago, 4K televisions were incredibly expensive, lacked a standardized format for transmitting video, and very little 4K content was actually available. A lot has changed since then. At the end of 2015, we can freely recommend purchasing a 4K television as your new big screen. The technology and market have matured to the point that it … [Read more...] about Should You Buy a 4K TV Now or Wait?