Which Smart TV is Best For Your Home

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A Smart TV is a television that can connect directly to the internet and provide a sort of cross between a TV and a computer. The best Smart TV for your home depends on your needs and budget.

Wi-fi or Ethernet?

Generally, it is best to avoid wired, Ethernet connected TVs and instead opt for Wi-Fi enabled sets. This not only cuts down on cords to the TV but also lets the TV be placed wherever you need in your home. The one caution is to check the wireless signal in the room intended for the TV. If the router is downstairs and the TV is going to be upstairs at the opposite side of the house the signal may not reach it. If the signal falls short there are options to boost it such as upgrading the router or installing a Wi-Fi range extender.

 

Location is Key

Once you are sure the TV will have signal where you want to put it, it’s time to consider which features are important to you. The actual features of a Smart TV can vary but some standard components are USB video playback, DVR recording without a separate device, apps, games, social networking, web browsing, and music/video streaming. Higher-end sets may offer video-chat service and voice and/or gesture controls.

 

Streaming or Tuner?

With a Smart TV you do not need a separate set top box to access things like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, YouTube, Pandora, or Spotify. If you plan to cancel your cable or satellite and instead use streaming coupled with over-the-air broadcasting, make sure you choose a TV with a built-in digital tuner. A built-in digital tuner plus a cheap antenna will let you watch local broadcast stations for free.

 

Ideal Viewing Distance

The next consideration is  TV size. The ideal size of a TV is dependent on the viewing distance. Recommendations vary, but most seem to agree that the ideal viewing distance is 2 to 2.5 times the diagonal measurement of the TV. This formula can be used both ways, if the distance from where the set will be placed and the couch is 10 feet then one can calculate an ideal screen size of 48”-60”. Alternatively, if the TV is 42” the ideal placement is between 7 and 8 feet 9 inches away.

 

Quality vs. Budget

Finally, there’s the money you’re willing to spend. Chances are, you’ll be able to find a Smart TV that fits your needs and budget.  In fact, the cost difference between Smart TVs and regular sets is shrinking and likely it won’t be long before all TVs are “smart”. Some of the top brands for Smart TVs are Sony, Samsung, Vizio, and LG, but there are many other companies that offer a quality product, so don’t be afraid to try a brand you aren’t familiar with if it meets your needs.

 

Choosing the best Smart TV for your home is all about weighing your desired features, size, and budget to find the one that is right for you. If you buy a Smart TV and have any problems with it, bring it to uBreakiFix for our television repair services. 

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