Have you recently purchased the brand new PlayStation 4 Pro without owning a 4K television? I’m sure if that is the case, with Black Friday being right around the corner you’ve been examining deals from multiple retailers to see what the best price is for a TV that runs 4K resolution. Don’t be fooled though, you might see some for a very remotely good price that seems almost too good to be true which is because it probably is. Samsung and any other AAA brands for electronics that have sales are always safe because they are top of the line, but if you see some off brand screen that looks super cheap and almost seems a steal don’t buy it! Sure, most companies trick you and say its 4K because it does actually lock up the full 2160p but that’s not the only factor to take into account when purchasing one, the quality of the picture is also generated by the screens refresh rate and local dimming. There also is the new technology called High Dynamic Range, or HDR for short, which means basically that your TV will process images and videos differently to process better detail patterns from darker and brighter areas of the picture. Most cheap off brands that are selling these TV’s come black friday and all holiday season are shipping the hardware without a different refresh rate, HDR, and dimming technology. For instance a New York Times reporter, Brian X, stated in an interview “4K content with high dynamic range was noticeably superior to 1080p content, whereas 4K content without high dynamic range had a negligible difference in picture quality compared with 1080p.”
1080p is the pretty much standard High Def resolution for right now, so if you’re gonna catch a sale that seems too good, instead of buying the 4K TV with no other perks besides res, go buy a 1080p TV with HDR for almost the same price, or chip out the extra couple hundred bucks to get the true full 4K experience.
- Dakota G.