LCD TVs are usually on prominent display in department stores, tempting shoppers with their clear pictures and brilliant colors. Liquid crystal displays are especially tempting for people who have an old fashioned TV at home that they watch regularly. An LCD TV’s futuristic look and its more vibrant colors can tempt a TV addict to spend money even in the midst of an economic downturn. For those shoppers who want to be responsible with their money, however, the various aspects of purchasing and owning one of these must be considered.
LCD technology: How it works
Simply put, an LCD screen consists of liquid crystals in between sheets of polarized glass. An electrical current is applied to enable the display of images. Like old fashioned TVs an LCD television screen consists of pixels each of which can show a viewer multiple colors. It is the combination of these pixels that forms the picture displayed on a TV screen or computer monitor.
Benefits of watching video on an LCD TV
When compared to an old fashioned TV set, the benefits are obvious: brilliant pictures and movement that feels more realistic than older displays. The difference is striking enough that most adults can recall the first time they saw a liquid crystal display, whether it was on a computer monitor or on a television screen. One major reason for the high picture quality on an LCD TV is the number of pixels on the screen, from one side to the other and from top to bottom. The higher the number, the better the sharper and clearer the picture.
Financial benefits of owning an LCD television
One reason that LCD has been popular in battery powered devices like digital watches and alarm clocks for the mast few decades is the fact that LCD technology requires only a small amount of electricity. In fact, there are LCD sets built for low energy-use that consume half as much as the plasma alternative.
Drawbacks to LCD televisions
In older LCD screens there tends to be some blurring of movement when watching scenes in which there is fast motion. This may be particularly noticeable in sporting events when action is being displayed at full speed. Another problem that is most notable on older models is the limitation in viewing angles. Colors may shift when viewed too far to the right or left of the screen. In newer models these problems have been corrected with the use of LED backlights among other additions.
Plasma vs LCD comparison
The closest competition in the flat-panel display market is the plasma screen, which has a few notable benefits, among them is a slight edge in price that is gradually diminishing as LCD technology evolves. Up until recently, plasma had the edge in those qualities mentioned above, like blurry motion and viewing angle.
The ease of moving LCD TVs
Even when compared to the other main flat-panel option, an LCD TV is generally going to be thinner and lighter. This means that they are easy to move, which means easy to wall-mount as well.
How good does it look in your living-room?
Possibly the least important of all the concerns and yet it is important for some people. LCD TVs are generally sleek and stylish, complementing almost every type of décor.