Common Terms You Should Know Before Buying Your Next TV

When you go out to purchase another television, you might be a little confused by the numerous choices available. This is including all the features they have and the language and terms you need to hear for salesmen. So here is a list of the most common terms in TV you will hear out there.

Aspect Ratio

The first thing to know is the distinction between 4:3, 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios. These numbers compare to the ratio of the horizontal and vertical length of the screen. You should know that 4:3 is a square screen like old Xiaomi CRT TVs that are not available today. Mostly, the well-known set is 16:9 widescreen display whish happens to be among the biggest screens you will probably see in at a dealer store. The lesser-utilized 21:9 is available on specific models and is touted as a Cinema hall display. Ideally, this is because the aspect ratio is what you would see in a movie theater.

Resolutions and Ultra HD

The resolution of a screen is simply the number of pixels it has per square inch. Typically, it is signified by the quantity of pixels are in one horizontal line multiplied by the number of pixels in one vertical line. Ultra HD is the term you are well on the way to hear if you step into a showroom. Ultra HD incorporates both 4K and 8K resolutions. 4K is what you can get in high-end TVs at the moment while 8K is not common unless you are going for a television that is larger than 80 inches.


Some television manufacturers will claim that their sets to come with Smart upscaling or True upscaling features. It is important to know what that means beforehand. Films on DVDs or older TV shows available as Blu-rays include content which was not originally produced in Full HD resolution. Smart software in your TV set takes the lower-resolution content and analyzes it. It then embeds new filler pixels into the content while playing it. This makes the picture appear better and clearer on a high resolution TV. In effect, it is faking better resolution. Lloyd brands are also known for better resolution and upscaling functions.

Refresh Rate 

Also, you will hear a lot of talk about Hz (Hertz). Actually, some TV manufacturers boasting that their sets have over 600Hz and looking down their noses at TVs with just 60Hz refresh rate. Hertz alludes to the refresh rate of the TV screen which denotes how many times the image displayed is refreshed in a second. Therefore, a 60Hz refresh rate implies that an image is shown 60 times in a second. The higher the refresh rate, the easier it becomes for your mind is tricked into thinking that these images are in motion.



You know are in the know and no one will take advantage of you by mentioning jargons that you have never heard. Well, there are more terms and you may have to do your homework!