What is an LCD TV?
At the most basic level, LCD stands for “Liquid Crystal Display”. LCD TVs are backlit, i.e. they don’t produce their own light. To produce an image on the display, the pixels are backlit by a separate lighting source – typically CCFL technology. LCD panels are made of a glass-like, polarised material and usually have a matte finish that prevents glare, however this does restrict some viewing angles.
4K TV Explained
4K is the latest in TV and projector technology, providing a level of detail never before seen in the consumer television set. 4K, or Ultra High-Definition, is four times the resolution of current Full HD panels, so it is excellent for larger TV screens or projector setups where sharpness can be lost.
What is the image like?
You don’t know what you’ve been missing until you see the new 4K revolution with your own eyes; the detail is incredible. You will witness details in the picture that you could never notice with your old TV.
A secondary advantage of the extra detail this technology provides is that you can either sit closer to the screen, or purchase a larger screen for your room and still see a clear picture.
Smart TV Features
Smart phones might be old news, but you may have heard that the latest TVs are now coming with similar capabilities. These smart functions have changed the face of TV viewing as we know it: now, your TV can also be an everyday smart device.
What does Smart TV mean?
A Smart TV is very similar to a smart phone – you can browse and download apps, stream media, surf the internet, play games and keep up to date with social media. You can also use IPTV, which allows you to watch continuous live channels from around the world. Smart TVs have a computer built-in so they can still function like a regular TV, but can also provide so much more entertainment and possibility.
Why do I need a Smart TV?
If you spend a fair amount of time at home, then a Smart TV will be a useful addition to your home set-up. With DLNA, you can share media from your computer or phone straight to your TV without messy cords or difficult instructions. You might not be able to use email or word processing, but it’s a welcome relief from the daily grind, as you can relax with all the features a Smart TV has to offer. You can watch video on demand or catch-up TV from ABC iView, SBS and Plus 7 (to name a few). Or, you could use the exercise apps that come standard across most Smart TV brands. Better yet, Smart TVs sometimes come with a built-in camera (this may be sold separately) so you can enjoy Skype calls with your friends and family anywhere in the world.
If you’ve just purchase a new flat panel TV for your home, you’ll notice it comes with a factory stand so it can be placed on an entertainment unit with ease. But what if you don’t have or need a TV cabinet, or you’re already using the space for your home theatre system? You can consider a TV wall mount to affix your TV to the wall. You might be overwhelmed by the different types of products available, so this guide will take you through the different varieties of wall mounts and give you some handy hints on how to get the best product for your needs.
There are a number of TV mounts available today and each is designed for individual viewing requirements. Before you buy, you should consider where you are going to place your mount, as well as how you will be using your TV, either at home or in the workplace.
The most popular types of wall mounts are below:
This is the most basic and cheap type of mount available. You can place your TV very close to the wall, however you cannot adjust the angle – the TV will sit flush, just like a picture frame. If you have a very large TV or plasma, this mount is great as these panels will have wide viewing angles so no manipulation is required.