TV Screen Types Buying Guide: What’s the Difference? | FlexBlog
Recent leaps in TV resolution and viewing technology has made getting a new TV fun and exciting, but buying one can quickly turn into a frustrating experience when you have no clue what any of the terms, tech jargon, specs, and formats even mean. Long gone are the days of selecting a TV based on size alone, so we’ve put together a guide for you to reference as you’re shopping TVs, explaining the different types of TV screens including:
- 4K UHD
But first, let’s talk about Smart TVs. Smart TVs are available in all the screen types listed above. “Smart” refers to the TV’s connectivity and app functionality, rather than its screen or display quality.
What is a Smart TV — and Do You Need One?
A Smart TV is equipped with internet connectivity to support interactive apps and functions. Instead of plugging in a streaming device, you can simply navigate to the built-in (or downloaded) streaming apps with the TV’s remote. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Sling TV — these are all commonly included in Smart TVs. Music streaming apps, like Spotify or Pandora, are also typically included.
Smart TVs also offer wireless connection to other devices, allowing you to stream or read content from your phone or laptop on the big screen. If you use a voice assistant, such as Google Home or Alexa, you can integrate that with a Smart TV for voice control, too.
Of course, you’ll need to connect your Smart TV to your high-speed internet via WiFi (the easiest option) or a LAN cable directly from your router (the more reliable option).
With internet connectivity comes a few risks, but none that should stop you from exploring Smart TVs. Yes, a Smart TV can be hacked — with voice and video functionality, plus sensitive data like passwords, that may be a turn-off for the privacy-conscious. And, since the streaming device is built-in, you can’t disconnect it and hook it up to a different TV. Some Smart TVs also have limited streaming app availability, so if your favorite isn’t built-in, you would have to add a streaming device to access it — so be sure to check before you buy.
Whether you go with a Smart TV or prefer a standalone streaming device, your next important decision is screen type.
LCD TV Screens
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, a specific flat panel that either allows or blocks the passage of light. The panels are composed of segment blocks filled with liquid crystals. The transparency and color of the blocks can be altered by reducing or increasing electrical currents. To see these colors, you need light — like a florescent bulb in older models or a large LED (light-emitting diode) in modern TVs (more on those up next).
The best reasons to select an LCD TV are the high resolution, superb color, energy efficiency, and the lack of screen burn-in after prolonged use. Downsides include limited viewing angles and brightness. Because of these pros and cons, LCD TVs are great for your living room, where you sit directly in front of it, but not the best choice when you need it to be viewed from multiple perspectives.
LCD TVs are the most affordable option, so if price is your top concern, start your shopping with this type.
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LED TV Screens
Although many people think that LED TVs are a totally new format of TV, they’ve actually been around for some time. They’re simply an updated version of the LCD generation. Both LED and LCD TVs use the same technology. Instead of being illuminated by a fluorescent bulb like an LCD screen, an LED screen is lit by several LEDs (light-emitting diodes). These TVs are more narrow and efficient due to the LEDs being smaller in size and less energy-intensive.
Viewing angle, display of black images and brightness are all improved compared to their LCD predecessors, making them a versatile and robust option. Users may have some difficulty mounting an LED TV to the wall, but otherwise they’re a well-rounded screen type without the inherent problems of older technology.
LED TVs can be divided into two subcategories: edge-lit LEDs and direct back-lit LEDs.
Edge-lit LED TVs
This is exactly what the name implies: a TV screen lit from the outer edges. Edge-lit LEDs reflect light to the center of the monitor. They’re the lightest and thinnest LED TV types available since there are fewer lights in the middle of the screen. This helps with dimming levels and color accuracy while improving efficiency across the board.
But, while edge-lit LED TVs tend to be cheaper, the picture quality just isn’t as good or consistent as…
Direct-lit LED TVs
Direct-lit displays are backlit by LEDs located directly behind the LED screen. This allows for focused lighting areas, which means specific cells of darkness and brightness can be more effectively displayed. As a result, viewers get better color accuracy, brightness, contrast, and dimming levels.
As you might have guessed, the downside is that these are more expensive and thicker than edge-lit models.
With either edge- or direct-lit screens, higher-end models feature local dimming, which produces richer colors and avoids the washing out of deep blacks.
From your basic LED TV to the advanced direct-lit models with local dimming, you’ll find a wide range of sizes and price points available. If you’re into high-def movies, live sports, or gaming, an LED TV is a great step up from LCD.
Consider one of FlexShopper’s lease-to-own1LED or LCD TV options and see what all the buzz is about. Here are two you might consider:
Toshiba – 32″ Class V35 Series LED HD Smart Fire TV
- True-to-life images jump off the screen with amazing HD resolution
- Premium audio post-processing solution for a more immersive experience
- Elevated surround-sound formatting thanks to DTS Virtual:X
Insignia – 40″ Class – LED – 1080p – HDTV
- 60Hz panel refresh rate reduces motion blur for high-quality pictures
- 1080p resolution produces stunning visuals on the LCD screen
- Includes HDMI and USB ports for flexible connectivity to compatible external devices
Plasma TV Screens
Plasma TV screens are quite interesting. A mixture of gasses nestled between two sheets of glass composes the screen itself. The gasses are injected and sealed in plasma form during manufacturing, providing the moniker, “plasma TV.” The gasses react, causing illumination in the pixels on the screen as they become electrically charged.
You’ll typically find plasma screens on large TV types, such as those that are 40 inches or larger. While they may be an interesting option for a high-resolution display, they have plenty of disadvantages including problems with screen burn-in, low life, and poor energy efficiency. You also won’t find plasma screen TVs on FlexShopper, as Plasma TV production ended in 2015. We only lease-to-own1 brand-new products, but it’s worth knowing about plasma if you’re cross-shopping used TVs.
If you’re looking for plasma-level picture quality, consider instead…
QLED TV Screens
QLEDs represent the pinnacle of quality in Samsung’s TVs, with some QLED models sporting 8K resolutions and delivering exceptional image quality. QLED stands for quantum dot LED TV. It’s a variation of LED, relying on a backlight. When the light from the LED backlight hits the quantum dots — microscopic molecules within the display — the quantum dots emit different colored lights. Although Samsung uses the term QLED, other TV creators like Hisense and Vizio also use quantum dots in LCD TVs, so it isn’t proprietary to Samsung.
Beyond killer resolution, there are a few reasons one may choose to go with a QLED TV. To begin, the brightness is about 50 to 100 times brighter than LCD displays. Plus, it uses less power than other types of TV displays — for instance, QLED is up to two times more energy-efficient than OLED screens.
QLED also avoids the risk of the dreaded screen burn-in that afflicts so many other types of displays. They do, however, require a backlight just like standard LED screens. That said, blues may look a bit off at times (less saturated) and some QLED screens suffer from light bleed — a slight haze that affects objects in a scene. Ultimately, though, QLED is a clear step up from LED.
If you’re willing to pay a bit more than LED to get exceptional quality, check out FlexShopper’s selection of lease-to-own1QLED TVs, including these two:
TCL – 65″ Class 5-Series QLED UHD Smart Google TV
- Quantum Dot technology + HDR Pro Pack with Dolby Vision for greater brightness, contrast, and color
- TCL’s Contrast Control Zone technology optimizes the image across individual zones to yield striking contrast between light and dark areas
Samsung – 65″ Class Q80B QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV
- Picture comes to life with deep blacks and pure whites from Direct Full Array’s precise backlighting
- Enjoy all you watch upscaled to 4K in a range of Quantum HDR 8X colors along with 3D sound that follows the action
OLED TV Screens
For the highest quality of all screen types, look to OLED!
While it does have LED in the name, OLED is very different from an LED TV.
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode and uses organic materials, such as carbon, to create light when it’s directly supplied by an electrical current. OLED TVs do not need a backlight to illuminate the screen area (unlike LED and QLED). That means OLED TVs can be very thin and even flexible, with some models that are curved — some can even roll up!
Due to individual areas being lit up directly and not by an external source, the OLED TV’s color and contrast are of better quality than a typical LED. The OLED processes images faster by creating deeper colors and crisp contrast.
As you may have guessed, because of their dedication to high quality and amazing resolution, OLED TVs tend to be more expensive — but that need not be a problem with Flexshopper.
With FlexShopper, you can lease-to-own1 an OLED TV without breaking the bank. Why wait? Get your OLED TV today and experience better resolution than you’ve ever seen before, all in the comfort of your own home. Check out two of them here:
Sony – 55″ Class BRAVIA XR A80K 4K HDR OLED Google TV
- Immersive viewing with vision and sound in perfect harmony, powered by the intelligent Cognitive Processor XR
- Surrounded by pure black, the vibrant colors and real-world hues of XR Triluminos Pro makes movies and gaming pop off the screen
Sony – 48″ Class BRAVIA A9S Series OLED 4K UHD Smart Android TV
- Enjoy OLED picture quality and cinematic audio packed into a beautifully compact form
- Experience deep black and natural colors of OLED powered by the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate
- Acoustic Surface Audio sound comes from the entire screen to put picture and sound in perfect harmony
What About 4K UHD TVs?
You’ll find the term 4K UHD on a variety of TV models, including LED, OLED, and QLED. The key to understanding different types of TVs is remembering that 4K refers to the resolution, while LED, OLED, and QLED refer to the technology used to create the display.
TVs that have 4K resolution eliminate the pixelated view older TVs sometimes display. You’ll see the subject on the screen rather than the individual pixels, enhancing the overall viewing experience.
The type of TV screen (LED, OLED, QLED, etc.) you have influences color, brightness, and viewing angles.
Here are a couple 4K UHD models we think you’ll enjoy checking out:
LG – 43″ UHD 90 Series 4K Smart TV with AI ThinQ
- 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution for a more immersive experience, featuring 60Hz refresh rate
- Includes: α5 Gen 5 AI Processor 4K / webOS 22 / 802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 5.0
VIZIO – 70″ Class M6 Series Premium LED 4K UHD Smart TV
- Immerse yourself in the infinite possibilities of 4K streaming in award-winning Quantum Color
- M-Series offers over a billion colors bringing nuance and new life to your experience
- Dolby Vision high dynamic range combined with a full array backlight delivers incredible picture quality
Now that you’ve become an expert on the different types of TV screens, browse our selection of lease-to-own1 TVs to start building your home entertainment setup today.
After all, every good home entertainment setup starts with a great TV.
Lease-to-Own1 a Brand New TV with FlexShopper
With FlexShopper, you can lease-to-own1 the brands you love and pay as you go. FlexShopper TVs are a great option for those without the cash or credit needed to purchase a certain model in full, upfront7. With easy weekly payments, you can own your TV in 12 months or less!
And make sure you kit out your TV setup with a booming home theater sound system, streaming device, Blu-ray player, plus the furniture and mount you need to complete the experience.
It’s all within your reach with FlexShopper. Shop brand-new TVs from the brands you love and make your home the entertainment destination you’ve always wanted it to be!
How to clean a flat screen TV
Written by Michael Desjardin
Updated February 28, 2023
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Let’s be real: Your flat screen TV or computer screen is probably dirty. Sometimes, the dirtiness of a screen can go unnoticed, particularly if you spend a good amount of time watching bright, colorful content that minimizes the appearance of fingerprint smudges and grime.
Fortunately, cleaning your screen is a pretty easy task. Here’s the scoop.
- Microfiber cloth
- A small amount of warm water
- Optional: Alcohol- and ammonia-free screen cleaning solution)
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Like sunglasses, mirrors, and windows, TVs and monitors are best left free of smudge, spots, and fingerprints. Unfortunately, there’s a ton of misinformation out there about the best (and safest) ways to gently wipe away the blemishes on a screen. After all, these aren’t just any old surfaces—they’re expensive and often delicate pieces of technology.
Here’s the good news: Once you understand the basics, freeing your spot-covered screen of your kid’s oily palm prints couldn’t be simpler. Just remember: a clean screen means a clean scene.
Is it safe to use Windex to clean a TV?
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Chemical cleaners like Windex might contain harsh ingredients that could damage your LCD TV screen.
No, it is not safe to use Windex to clean your computer monitor or TV.
Repeat after me: I will never use Windex—or any type of window cleaning products—to clean my screen.
Window cleaners contain harsh chemicals (like alcohol, ammonia, and lauramine oxide) that can do permanent damage to LCD and OLED panels. One reason people assume that surface cleaners are still copacetic for monitors and TVs is because old-school CRT TVs could stand up against Windex, thanks in part to their glass screens. These days? The less liquid you use, the better.
What should I use to clean a TV instead of Windex?
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To clean your TV screen the right way, start with a dry microfiber cloth and add small amounts of water as needed.
A soft, microfiber cloth is typically all you need to clean an LCD screen (but small amounts of water are fine, too).
Believe it or not, even the densest of fingerprints can be wiped away without the use of any moisture. It is important, however, to use the right type of cloth or towel when cleaning, otherwise you run the risk of scratching the panel.
Always use a microfiber cloth or towel—like the ones that come with a new pair of glasses—to clean your TV screen. Avoid using standard tissues or paper towels. Go to work on the problem areas with gentle, circular motions.
Avoid applying too much pressure to the panel. If you’re dealing with some stubborn, oily stains that just won’t cooperate, resist the urge to exert more force. Instead, try moisturizing the cloth with a small amount of warm water.
Generally speaking, dedicated screen-cleaning solutions are OK for LCD/LED and OLED TVs and monitors, but if you decide to use screen cleaner, make sure the formula does not include alcohol or ammonia.
If you decide to use water or some sort of cleaner, do not spray the screen directly. Instead, lightly moisten your microfiber cloth before wiping your screen.
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The TV screen is broken, the display needs to be replaced ➔ what to do
TV is a friend and comrade of every household. It serves faithfully in every apartment, in every house of a modern person.
But, like any technique, the TV has the ability to fail. We will talk about screen breakages, the reasons for and the inexpediency of repair.
The fundamental part of the screen is the matrix. It is also the most expensive element in the repair. The matrix is a complex device consisting of many parts (glass with the application of a huge number of liquid crystal elements, on which a picture is formed, address drivers that control the polarization of crystals and polarizing films). It creates the picture that we see on the screen. More precisely, this picture is created inside it. This is a rather interesting process that requires a separate story. Here we will talk about the repair of the TV screen.
Common causes of screen problems:
- TV dropped. Hitting heavy objects. Ingress of liquids. Other physical effects;
- Breakdown of microcircuits that are responsible for the functionality of liquid crystals;
- Pixels failed.
TV matrix replacement.
In this matter, you should not resort to independent solutions without special knowledge and experience. The best option would be to contact the TV repair masters.
The cost of the matrix is very high, often the price of the matrix is 75-85% of the cost of the entire TV. Therefore, the cost of repairing a TV reaches 90% of its full price, which is inappropriate.
What to do if the TV screen is broken or damaged is up to you. You can try to find an inexpensive way to repair, repair at half the cost by finding craftsmen who will do everything not at the highest level. But the easiest solution is still to buy another device. In the twenty-first century, you can easily find such a TV or other analogue than repairing an old faithful friend. Think about how to do it yourself.
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Protective glass for TV screen
Equipping TV sets with transparent protective screens is relevant in various situations:
- in public places with a large flow of visitors – in shopping centers, hotels, airports, railway stations, sports complexes and beauty salons, educational institutions, cafes and bars ;
- in rooms where there are often children who can break the TV – in kindergartens and other preschool institutions, in playrooms, at home;
- in any other premises for reliable protection of expensive equipment from various factors.
Our company manufactures protective screens for TVs according to individual orders. The photo shows the basic model of the screen.
The design is a flat transparent panel equipped with a special fastening system. The screen is attached to the TV with straps with buckles for adjustment. The price list shows the prices of screens of various sizes made of polycarbonate 3 mm thick. Fasteners are supplied with a screen. At the request of the client, the dimensions and design features of the screens can be changed.
Our work on the production of protective screens for TVs
The company “Plexistor” has completed an order for the production of protective glass for the TV screen. The product is designed to protect the screen from mechanical damage, dirt and ultraviolet radiation. The protective glass is a construction with a length of 1700 mm and a height of 980 mm. The screen has sides 70 mm wide with slots for fastening the structure. The product is made of 5 mm thick acrylic glass.
Protective screen technology
We used the following technologies to make the protective screen:
- Cutting material. Rectangular blank cut from acrylic sheet according to the drawings. To ensure high dimensional accuracy, we performed this operation on a CNC machine.
- Slot milling. The screen has four rectangular slots for attaching the structure. These grooves are cut on a milling machine.
- Bending. The design provides for the presence of three bends in a straight line. Acrylic bending is performed on special equipment – thermal designer.
- Polished. TV protection glass needs to be virtually invisible, which is why we’ve paid the utmost attention to the polishing process. Screen surfaces are polished with hand tools and polishing pastes.
Advantages of acrylic glass screens
Strength. The protective structure is highly impact resistant. Under mechanical stress, the screen does not break into fragments and cannot injure people who are in the room. This feature is of great importance when using the TV in public places and in children’s institutions.
Transparency. Acrylic glass has high transparency, with high-quality polishing, the screen is visually almost invisible and does not interfere with watching TV.
No image distortion. Acrylic screen does not distort colors and shapes, the picture is transmitted clearly, the colors remain bright and saturated.
Easy maintenance. To keep the screen clean, it is enough to periodically wipe it with a soft cloth with a detergent developed by our company specifically for the care of acrylic. You can slow down the process of dust settling with the help of an antistatic agent, which is included in our line of detergents.
Manufacture of protective screens for televisions to order
The company “Plexistor” manufactures protective glasses for televisions to order. To clarify the cost, send the dimensions of your TV to [email protected]. We will calculate the material consumption and the laboriousness of manufacturing the screen and send you a commercial offer. The initial information for the implementation of the project is the terms of reference, on the basis of which our specialists design the product and develop a set of drawings. After agreeing the technical documentation with the customer, the project is sent to production.
All production operations are carried out in the company’s own workshops on a turnkey basis. Our company has a powerful technological base: CNC machines for processing acrylic glass, a thermal furnace for molding and blowing operations, vacuum forming machines, sheet benders, laser and diamond polishing machines. The production potential of the company allows to implement projects of any complexity. We work with trusted suppliers of acrylic glass from Europe. Using high-quality material and modern technologies for its processing, we can guarantee the durability and reliability of our products.