Is a 4K TV Worth Buying in 2017?

In short, yes. More quickly than previously expected, 4K is becoming a new household standard for consumers. 4K UHD TVs are now starting to settle in with a price that reflects build quality, and more and more companies are starting to produce more 4K UHD TVs than regular HD TVs.

This article will cover what exactly 4K in a UHD TV is and put some reasoning behind why some 4K TVs are tremendously cheaper or more expensive than others. Furthermore, we will look into the amount of content being produced in 4K compared to the amount of content that is not.

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First and foremost in importance would be the TV’s display quality. After all, you are purchasing a TV for this factor.

The look and feel of a TV, based on the display, can vary vastly in a multitude of ways, far more than simply the amount of pixels packed into a given space. A 4K, or UHD, TV will pack in double the amount of pixels as a regular 2K (High Definition) display.

In layman’s terms, when 4K content is played on the display, it will look sharp and clear and roughly twice as good as that of a typical HD TV. Furthermore, many of these 4K UHD TVs will offer more features such as High Dynamic Range (HDR). HDR is screen technology allowing for a wider color gamut, deeper blacks, and brighter whites. Essentially, color appears to “pop” a bit more.

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If you still watch a lot of content via cable TV, you will not benefit as much from a 4K UHD display. This is because the technology is not yet set up to send 4K content over the airwaves.

However, there is an ever increasing amount of 4K content being released on platforms such as Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. If you plan to ditch your cable provider in the future or already have done so, a 4K UHD TV may be a great choice for you.

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Adding to this notion, if you would like to game in 4K – the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro offer 4K output. Do bear in mind, though, that not all games are offered in 4K. Like with the aforementioned content providers, the number of game studios producing 4K content are sure to grow as time goes on.

When shopping for a 4K UHD TV, consider all of the added features when making a purchase to get the best value. Not every brand is the same, or even similar for that matter, when it comes down to how color and sharpness (or lack thereof) will display, the user interface of smart capabilities, and more.

Another reason why some 4K TVs are more expensive than others is because more features are added to the TV to make it “smart.” A 4K UHD TV marked as “smart” will offer some sort of user interface that allows you to interact with content-based apps such as YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix. This often comes as an additional cost.

Do not overpay for this, though. An add-on like the Google Chromecast will cost just a few bucks and give you these types of features. If you take this route, verify that the streaming device you choose is capable of outputting 4K content to your 4K UHD TV.

Curved TVs will have a slight curve in the display that adds depth in the content being viewed, and it makes viewing content from the side of the room a bit easier. Because of the difficulty in producing this type of display, prices will be tremendously higher.

What are your thoughts on the advancement of 4K UHD TVs? What gimmicks should be avoided, and what new features are truly worthwhile? Ultimately, do you think it is worth it to buy a 4K UHD TV in 2017? Leave us a comment down below!

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