4k TVs, or UHDTVs, are the latest innovation to hit the television market. These televisions consist of a pixel ratio of roughly 2,000 pixels wide and 4,000 pixels long, which produces a very crisp image despite the physical size of the television. While it may be difficult to understand how this new accomplishment in pixel technology will affect your daily entertainment, take a look at how television quality has evolved over just the last decade.
Just a decade ago, most of us were still using standard definition televisions, which were fine. When high definition televisions came out, we were able to recognize the additional picture quality our televisions had and how that picture quality changed the face of the gaming industry and the production of fast-action movies. That was because high definition televisions had 4 times the amount of pixels that standard definition televisions had. Now imagine having 4 times the amount of pixels as your high definition television; that’s what 4K UHDTVs promises.
In a nutshell, the more pixels you have on a screen, the better the image will be. This is because all monitors consist of the same number of pixels, regardless of the physical size of the television. Anyone who owns a large TV knows that the additional size comes with a reduction in picture quality. By packing 4 times the amount of pixels into the same space, owners of large televisions will be able to enjoy the same benefits of smaller HDTVs, but with the extra screen size as well. Consumers who choose to stay with a smaller screen will benefit even more because the extra pixels will make images appear more life-like and produces more vibrant colors.
Of course, the extra pixels will cost consumers much more than their lower definition counterparts, mostly because this technology is brand new; so new, in fact, that it hasn’t actually been released to the public yet. While prices for smaller televisions are still unknown, Westinghouse promises “affordable” 4K TVs in the range of $2-$4 thousand for television sets in the 50” – 65” size range. LG and Samsung, however, intend to produce extremely large televisions, such as an 84” model for around $20,000. While these prices seem absurd for a television, simply take a trip down to your local Best Buy and you’ll see that they’re actually not much more than other models that are currently being passed off to consumers.
It is also noteworthy to mention that there is an 8K TV in the works, that technically already exists, but these models are still a few more years away from being publicly accessible. Furthermore, 4K TVs will probably keep consumers entertained for quite a while before 8K TVs will even see a demand. If all of this sounds insane to you, don’t feel like you’re the only one. Many people still haven’t even upgraded to HDTVs. While 4K TVs sound impressive, they seem to be a prime example of technology exceeding its practical demand.
Chris White is head buyer for an electronics retail chain in Melbourne. He spends most of his hours testing new gadgets and home equipment before deciding which ones to carry in the stores. He is currently on the lookout for the best 4k tv.