Best smart TVs: What to look for before you buy

Here are five-point guide to help you navigate the new TV landscape and decide on a new screen and brand that’s right for you.

4K:It goes without saying that any TV you buy should support 4K UHD (ultra high definition). This is the best screen resolution on offer (3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels). Even low end LED TVs now support 4K, offering four times the resolution as regular high-definition TVs, which really only remain as entry-level models around the $500 mark.

The reality is that there still isn’t much content available in the 4K format to get the best out of your screen. But more of it is appearing on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Youtube and broadcasters are exploring offering programming in 4K. Within the next couple of years, a lot more content will hit the market, so future-proof yourself with a 4K display.

HDR: A technology relatively new to TV displays is called High Dynamic Range (HDR). This applies to 4K screens and creates a dynamic contrast between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks on the screen. It really does make a noticeable difference to TV shows and movies – more atmospheric and lifelike scenes.

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