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Televisions can be the perfect complement to a living room, office or den — they provide a centerpiece for hours of entertainment alone or with family and friends.

However, there are several important things to consider before buying a television, ranging from the size of the screen to the desired resolution, and much more. While some of this all might sound like unnecessarily complicated technical jargon, these decisions will have a big impact on the enjoyment buyers get out of their devices.

Here’s a simplified guide to some of the key factors to bear in mind when purchasing a television, and each can have an impact on the budget for making a purchase.

Screen Size

It’s vital to pick a television with a screen size that’s suitable for the room where it’ll be placed. A smaller screen in a huge room will be almost impossible to watch, while a massive screen in a room with limited size will dominate the area. Reduced-size screens of 32 inches or less are ideal for placing on counters in bedrooms or kitchens, whereas screens of 65 inches or more are perfect for big media rooms. For the perfect compromise, a screen somewhere between 32 and 65 inches works well in most rooms.

Screen Display

Just as important as the screen size is the display type, and it can seem overwhelming with the amount of options on the market. The main types of televisions are liquid crystal display (LCD), light emitting diode (LED), and plasma. They all have their own benefits, so the choice when shopping comes down to personal preference and cost.

LCD televisions are often the cheapest, and as the name suggests the images are projected by lighting crystal displays. They’re lighter and thinner than traditional cathode ray tube televisions, and have good color quality and high energy efficiency.

LED televisions are in reality a variety of LCD televisions, and use the LEDs as an alternative method for back-lighting the crystals found in an LCD television. This can lead to a more energy-efficient unit with better picture quality, but higher cost.

Plasma is another variety of television screen display and is best suited for the large (65 inch or more) screens for big media rooms of living rooms where they’ll be used to show sports games and similar events. The plasma technology leads to outstanding picture quality visible from many angles, though this is often the most expensive option.

Aspect & Contrast Ratios

After deciding on the screen size and display type, give some thought to the aspect ratio and the contrast ratio — technical terms that will impact enjoyment of the television.

Aspect ratio refers to the ratio between a television’s height and its width, and while this does not have a direct impact on viewing quality it can impact viewing enjoyment. For example, many movies are filmed in wide-screen, and if the television will be used primarily to watch movies, an aspect ratio of more width to height is preferable.

Contrast ratio, meanwhile, is the ratio between the brightest image that a television can project and the darkest image. This is important for viewing quality, because a low contrast ratio can dull some colors. As a general rule the higher the contrast ratio, the better the image and the more “true” the colors on screen will appear.

Balance The Factors

When buying a television, consider all of the above factors to help make the right choice for the best type of television that also fits the available budget.

TV LED Light Strip JACKYLED 6.6Ft 60Leds LED TV Backlight Strip USB Bias Monitor Lighting RGB 5050 SMD Changing Color Strip Kit Accent light Set For TV Desktop PC (Mini Controller)

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  • 20 COLOR & 20 MODES SELECTION: This Black 6.6ft LED light strip with 60 LEDs, Multicolor and 20 kinds of modes allows you to make your life more colorful. Also, it improves contrast ratio through the balanced white backlight and reduce eye strain. If you need wireless remote backlight strip kit, please search B06XBDPTDV).
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  • FIRMLY STICKY ADHESIVE: This TV led light strip use 3M 300lse adhesive. It will not falling off easily. Please Notice: For firmly installation, do not re-stick or place this light strip in dusty or dirty position.
  • ENERGY SAVING: Our TV led light strip is 5V 14W/Meter, low power consumption, you can plug into different device, such as your computer, desktop, laptop, TV, tablet, car cigarette lighter, cell phone charger, 5V adapter. Last Up to 100,000 LED lighting hours.
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Size Name:6.6ft/2m Specification: Color: 20 colors Mode: 20 kinds of mode LED quantity: 60pcs Beam angle: 120 degree LED type: SMD 5050 Working voltage/wattage: 5V/7.5W Strip length: 79 inches/6.6ft USB power cable length: 41 inches/3.41ft USB controller key(3 key): MODE : 20 Dynamic Modes; flash/waterfall/chasing/spark bright/dull exchanging knight. COLOR : 20 static colors; White/Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Pink/Purple SPEED/Brightness: 5 Level Speed adjustable for Dynamic Modes and 5 Level brightness adjustable for Static Colors. Pressing for 3 second for power ON/OFF. Package included: 1 x led strip 1 x USB controller cable(Black) Installation: 1.Clean the surface of your device 2.Bend and stick the light strip on your device directly. 3.Plug the USB plug into the USB port. Attention: 1. This USB led light strip is non-waterproof, it can not be soaked in water. Please avoid fire and humid environment. 2. This controller can only work within 5V. Therefore please do not attach more...

Mounting Dream MD5109 Table Top TV Stand/ TV mount with Anti-Tip Strap and 3 Sets Height Adjustment, for Most 42-60 Inches LED, LCD and Plasma TVs up to 99 LBS, VESA up to 600x400mm, Tempered Glass


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  • Fits for most of 42-60" LCD/LED/Plasma TVs. Fits TVs with VESA/mounting holes spacing from 100mm x100mm (4" x 4") to 600mm x 400mm (24" x 16"). Please check your TV's VESA (mounting hole pattern), and make sure the distance from top two mounting holes to TV bottom is less than 723mm/28.5".
  • Unique design! Anti-tip strap is available to ensure TV tight and safe in case children pull in front of TV. 29" strap with 88 LBS loading capacity can attach onto table or wall for your preference.
  • 8mm thickness tempered glass base in 522mm x 242mm (length x width) provides a strong support for TV up to 99 LBS.
  • 3 sets height adjustment for perfect TV height to gain better views angle and glare-reducing. Easy installation frees your TV from drilling holes onto wall, placing TV where you want.
  • All hardware included for both wall and TV installation. Constructed with heavy duty steel materials and with durable powder coated finish. Advanced welding technology-Automatic robot welding technology ensures stable, sturdy and safe use.

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Fits 42-60" TVs and Monitors This stand fits most of 42-60" TVs and monitors sold today. Fits TVs with mounting holes as close 4" x 4" as and as wide as 24" x 16", in TV terms - VESA 100X100mm to 600x 400mm, Please make sure the distance from top two mounting holes to TV bottom is less than 723mm/28.5" TV stand with anti-tip strap design The safety strap protects your flat TV screen and furniture. Strap is 29" long to hold weight up to 88 LBS. One side connects to the TV mount; another side connects to the table or wood stud wall/concrete wall as you like. 8mm thickness tempered glass base with sturdy steel construction 8mmm thickness tempered glass base in 522mm x 242mm (length x width) provides a strong support for TV up to 99 LBS. This stand is constructed with heavy duty steel materials and with durable powder coated finish. Advanced welding technology makes the mount sturdy. 3 sets height adjustment and easy installation 3 sets height adjustment for perfect TV height to...

Mountio MX1 Full Motion Articulating TV Wall Mount Bracket for 32"-52" LED LCD Plasma Flat Screen Monitor up to 70 lbs and VESA 400x400mm

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  • COMPATIBLE FIT FOR MOST 32"-52" FLAT-PANEL TVs: Designed to accommodate almost all 32"-52" LED, LCD, Plasma and other flat-screen displays, this heavy-duty TV mount is fully rated to support up to 70 pounds.
  • VERSATILE, LOW-PROFILE DESIGN: Multi-purpose, sleek design offers a stylish look to suit any décor. The mount compresses to just 2.2" from the wall. The articulating arm allows for offset mounting, where the panel (when extended out on the arm) can be shifted horizontally up to 17.5" left or right.
  • MAXIMUM TILT & SWIVEL CAPACITY: Enjoy comfortable, optimum viewing from nearly any angle with a +8°/-5° tilt capacity, along with a 180° swivel capability.
  • VESA COMPLIANT: Supports VESA mounting standards including 100mm x 100mm, 100mm x 200mm, 200mm x 200mm. Included extensions that are easily added with two screws each supports 200mm x 400mm, 300mm x 300mm, and 400mm x 400mm.
  • INCLUDES COMPLETE MOUNT HARDWARE: Everything needed to mount is conveniently packed in this set, including HDMI cable, magnetic level, installation wrench, full hardware package, and instructions.

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Upgrade your TV viewing experience and save valuable floor space with the Mountio TV mount, offering 19" inches of extension, 180° swivel, and +8°/-5° tilt capacity to reach the best angle possible. Solid, heavy-gauge steel construction mount fits virtually all 32"-52" LED, LCD, Plasma and similar flat-screen display TVs. Smooth articulation from the wall makes it easy to point the TV exactly where you want it for the best view or to reduce glare, while a slim, low-profile design allows it to compactly compress to just 2.2" from the wall. To ensure fit of the mounting pattern, check the VESA pattern for your panel, either online or by measuring between the screw holes on the rear of the TV or panel (100mm is about 4"). Specifications: Fully rated for up to 70 pound displays. RoHS, CE, and ISO-9001 certified. Complete mount package includes: pre-assembled, 12-gauge powder-coated, heavy-duty steel mount, a BAM 10 foot gold plated, braided jacket HDMI cable capable of 3D 1080P and 4K...

LED USB Strips Bias Backlight RGB Lights(60in / 1.5m) with RF Remote Control for HDTV, Flat Screen TV Accessories and Desktop PC, Multi Color

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  • NEWEST VERSION - Complete Set 1.5M / 60 Inch USB LED WATERPROOF Strip Light, 90cm USB cable, 10-Key RF Remote Controller, Manual and Nice Packaging Box
  • EASY INSTALLATION - Plug and Play, Powered by USB Port, No Battery or External Power Adapter Needed. Peel and Stick Adhesive in the back of strip make it so easy to install anywhere.
  • FEATURES - 20 Different Colors, 6 Levels of Dimming, and 6 Levels of Speed. Can be cut to fit your needs. IP65 Waterproof and Dustproof. 5050 highest Brightness Level
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY - Low Power Consumption. Super bright with 100% Safety for Indoor and Outdoor decorating such as stairs, hallways, windows, trails, ceiling, dining room, kitchen, festivals, and holidays...Mostly use for TV and Computer Monitor Back Lighting
  • Relieve Your Eye Strain - Quality Bias Lighting can help reduce the eye strain cuased by long exposures to TV screens and monitors in dark rooms. It can also help make the grays and blacks on your screen seem richer.

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Specification: * LED Type: 5050SMD * PCB Color: Black * LED Color: RGB / Multicolor * LED Quantity: 60leds/m * Waterproof Class: Waterproof IP65 * USB Cable Length: 1.5m / 60in * Self-adhesive back with double side adhesive tape * Can be cut every led bead without affecting other leds lighting * Can be used by any USB devices like TV, computer, desktop, laptop, tablet, car cigarette lighter, PS4, cell phone charger, 5V adapter and so on.

SONGMICS Outdoor TV Cover for 40"- 43" TV Sets Weatherproof and Dust-proof Protector Compatible with Wall Mounts and Stands, Black UGTR42B

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  • FULL TV COVER: 42"L x 26 1/2"W x 4 1/2"D, perfect for 40"- 43" LED, LCD, Plasma TV sets, it most TV wall mounts and stands
  • DURABLE & ECO-FRIENDLY: Made of premium oxford fabric with waterproof coating, close and neat stitches, performs excellently in long time outdoor use
  • DUSTPROOF & WEATHERPROOF: Protect your TV from water, dust, mildew, UV rays, insects and all weather elements
  • FUNCTIONAL & CONVENIENT: Velcro back closure accommodates multiple bracket types, 3-way flap makes TV cover easy to put on and take off, better fits your TV sets
  • BUILT-IN BACK POUCH: Stores and protects TV accessories like remote controller or small headphones

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Trying to find a nice protection for your outdoor flat panel TV? Our SONGMICS outdoor TV cover will work as a charm to protect your TV against all elements through all seasons. Made of durable oxford fabric with waterproof coating, this outdoor TV cover performs excellently in years of outdoor use. Instead of traditional zipper, Velcro closure is adopted to make the cover easier to use. Smooth inner fabric protects your TV screen from scratches. Better yet, there's a built in pouch for convenient remote storage, save you the trouble to find it elsewhere. Choose a SONGMICS outdoor TV cover, and enjoy outdoor entertainment with ease! Specifications: - Color: Black - Type: Full Closure - Material: Premium Oxford Fabric - Waterproof: Yes - Cover Size (LxWxD): 42" x 26 1/2" x 4 1/2" (106 x 67 x 11cm) - Diagonal Length: 49 5/8" (126cm) - Product Weight: 2.26lb (0.98kg) Package Content: - 1 x Outdoor TV Cover Notes: - For daily maintenance, please use soft brush. No machine wash and...

UNHO Screws Bolt for TV Wall Mount Bracket Fixing Universal LED LCD TV Bracket Assorted M4 M6 M8 12PCS

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  • Material: 304 Stainless Steel. Notice : Sell by Original UNHO erick motta. ( Other sellers are Fake ).
  • M4:Diameter-4mm,Screw Length-10mm,Head Diameter-6.5mm,Head Height-2.2mm.
  • M6:Diameter-6mm,Screw Length-20mm,Head Diameter-9.8mm,Head Height-3.4mm.
  • M8:Diameter-8mm,Screw Length-20mm,Head Diameter-13mm,Head Height-4.5mm.
  • Package included:4 x M4 10mm screws,4 x M6 20mm screws,4 x M8 20mm screws.

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Specifications:To help eliminate problems during mounting TVs to wall units, an industry-wide group was formed named VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association). Most TV manufacturers comply with the standards established by VESA. If you look at the back of your TV you will notice that the screws holes are in a perfect square pattern. When you measure the distance between holes they should be as follows:VESA 75 measures 75 mm x 75 mm (approx. 3inch x 3inch)Uses M4 (Small) screwsVESA 100 measures 100 mm x 100 mm (approx. 4inch x 4inch)Uses M4 (Small) screwsVESA 100/200 measures 100 mm x 200 mm (approx. 4inch x 8inch)Uses M4 (Small) screwsVESA 200 measures 200 mm x 200 mm (approx. 8inchx 8inch)Uses M6 (Medium) screwsVESA 400 measures 400 mm x 400 mm (approx. 16inchx 16inch)Uses M8 (Large) screwsYou may think that you can buy a set of similar fasteners for your TV at a local hardware store and that may be true. However, it could be a challenge locating the exact right size screws...

Bias Lighting for HDTV (78.7in / 2m) with Remote Control - EveShine Multi-Color RGB TV LED Backlight Strip Lighting Kit for Flat Screen TV LCD, Desktop Monitors - Fits Any TV Size Up to 60’’ - Black

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  • Light Up Three Side of Your TV - 78.7in / 2m Black Strip + 46.45'' USB cable + A Multi Color Remote Control + A Spare 3M Adhesive Tape. High-brightness 60 LEDs Last Up to 100,000 LED Lighting Hours. This 78.7-inch TV backlight kit can light up 3/4 sides of any TV size up to 60''. IMPORTANT NOTE: Make 90 degrees angle and don't make Any cuts into the lights. DO NOT CUT!!
  • Easy Installation - Installing this RGB TV backlight kit is easy. After planning your route, simply wipe down the TV's surface, adhere the LED lights to the TV, plug it in and you have beautiful TV ambient lighting. This BLACK Flexible Strip Light can be arbitrary bending and fixed to the concave and convex surface.
  • Super Sticky Adhesive - - Strong viscosity 3M adhesive provide secure and strong installation without worrying about the falling off. Attention: Be careful when you remove the adhesive backing tape on the strips, only tear off the Yellow Tape. Don't peel off the Adhesive Sticker with the Yellow Tape together.
  • Control the Light with Remote - Come with 17 key RF remote controller, You can use the remote control change the color, the brightness as well as different lighting modes. Choose from solid colors, strobes, or cycling colors to fit your mood!
  • The Best Upgrade to Your TV Viewing Experience - Customized light kit for 32 to 60 inch HDTV. Use the LED Strip to light up or create festive lights on your monitor, TV, or furniture. Whatever your needs are, this tv kit has you covered! AGAIN IMPORTANT NOTE: Make 90 degrees angle and don't make Any cuts into the lights. DO NOT CUT!!

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IMPORTANT TIP User Guide, Easy Installation: 1.Determine best path and desired length for led strip (mark strip w/ tape or pen). 2. Begin placement by removing paper portion of 3M adhesive backing being careful not to remove adhesive strip. 3. Continue path making 90 degree turns as follows: 1) Select desired turn spot at white lines / cut marks. 2) Bend length that is continuing up keeping white lines / cut marks at center forming a 45 degree angle. 3) Take the length that is bent up (w/ the 3M logo facing you) and fold it straight down at one side of the copper contacts (the top of the bend should be flat with the rest of the led strip) now showing +, G, R, B or B, R, G, 5V+ as indicated. 4) Continue routing and adhering the strip to the back of the HDTV until desired stopping point is reached. If the led strip is too long, cut at white lines / cut marks. Plug in the usb plug and continue with your set up / operation directions. Enjoy.

Sunydeal TV Wall Mount Bracket,Tilting TV Bracket for Samsung/Sony/Vizio/LG/Panasonic/TCL/Element 17-55 Inch LED/LCD/OLED and Plasma Flat Screen TVs up to 400x400mm and 79lbs

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  • This Universal TV Bracket Fits Most 22-65 Inch TV Display
  • Cable management design- Large pass through holes for cable management
  • Fits 16 & 24 Inch Wall Studs, Make Sure The Wall That Installed The TV Bracket Is Firmness And Tightness, Like Concrete Wall, Solid Wood Wall, Do Not Install In Hollow And Floppy Walls.
  • Quick And Easy To Install - Bracket Comes Complete With Full Instructions And Standard Fitting Hardware (Not Includes All Size Of Screws)
  • Lift and lock system- Simply lift the tv and lock in place with 2 security screws

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Tilt TV Wall Mount for most 22~65inch TV, Solid reinforced heavy-gauge cold steel, Heavy Duty Sturdy Construction, Easy Adjustable +/-15 degree Tilt, VESA 600x400mm Specification: Brand: Sunydeal (Unlike other unbranded, Guarantee for High Quality) For most 22inch~65inch(Please check VESA and Weight) Max VESA 600x400mm(24inchx16inch)-Fits VESA mounting hole patterns from 100x100mm to 600x400mm Supports screen weight up to 115lbs / 50kg Tilt 15 degree forward or 15 degree backward Assembly Required Pls advise as the user manual is not updated so it is listed fit for 26~60inch TV,actually it fits most 22~65inch TV, but the TV mount compatibility does not much matter with the scree size,it depends on the VESA and Weight of your TV!! Before you order the item, please check whether the TV Wall Mount is suitable for your TV: 1, Please check the weight of your TV; it must be less than 115lbs / 50kg 2, Look at the back of your TV, find the mounting hole and measure width and...

TV LED Light Strip JACKYLED 6.6Ft 60Leds LED TV Backlight Strip USB Bias Monitor Lighting RGB 5050 SMD Changing Color Strip Kit Accent light Set For TV Desktop PC (Wireless remote controller)

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  • 20 COLOR & 20 MODES SELECTION: This Black 6.6ft LED light strip with 60 LEDs, Multicolor and 20 kinds of modes allows you to make your life more colorful. Also, it improves contrast ratio through the balanced white backlight and reduce eye strain.(If you need mini controller backlight strip kit, please search B06XBXQLX9). 60 days changing or refunding without reasons.
  • FITMENT: Jackyled TV led light strip fit for 24-60 inches TV. It can't not fit 42-60 inches TV if you place it with the wrong way. Please check the picture of placement we provided. The light strip comes with no corner connectors, if you need them, please search asin: B011BD2B5Q (Please ask your electrician before connecting with the corner connectors, in order to avoid poor contact).
  • FIRMLY STICKY ADHESIVE: This TV led light strip use 3M 300lse adhesive. It will not falling off easily. Please Notice: For firmly installation, do not re-stick or place this light strip in dusty or dirty position.
  • ENERGY SAVING: Our TV led light strip is 5V 14W/Meter, low power consumption, you can plug into different device.
  • EASY TO USE: You can change flash mode, lighting speed or color you want. Just clean the middle back of your device, stick the led light strip to your device, plug the USB plug into the USB port, done! 60 days changing or refunding without reasons. If you purchase a product from another seller, please request a refund as it is a counterfeit. JACKYLED is the only Authorized Dealer of Jackybrand products.

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Specification:Color: 20 colors Mode:20 kinds of mode LED quantity: 60pcs Beam angle: 120 degree LED type: SMD 5050 Working voltage/current: 5V-24V/3x 4A Strip length: 79 inches/6.6ft USB power cable length: 40.55 inches/3.38ft Wireless remote controller battery: 3V CR2025 Lithium battery Package included: 1 x led strip with USB lead cable(White) 1 x 10 key remote controller Installation: 1.Clean the surface of your device 2.Bend and stick the light strip on your device directly. 3.Plug the USB plug into the USB port. Attention: 1. This USB led light strip is non-waterproof, it can not be soaked in water. Please avoid fire and humid environment. 2. This controller can only work within 5V. Therefore please do not attach more than 4 meters long led light strip together when using it, in order to avoid overload. 3. If you want to connect with the corner connectors, please ask your electrician first to avoid bad connection or make the light strip can not work.

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