How to Shop for a TV

There’s nothing like settling in for a movie night, or curling up on the couch to binge-watch episodes of your favorite television show. With the right TV, the colors and action come to life, pulling you into the story and keeping you entertained.

To make sure you get the right set, here are four things to take into account when shopping for a TV:

Step 1: Consider the Screen Size
The room and available space will influence what size television you need. Measure the area where the new TV will go. Select the largest screen size that will fit your space and budget.

The optimal screen size for a typical living room is between 55 inches and 65 inches, which is plenty of viewing space even if you have a large crowd. Note that screen size is measured vertically from corner to corner, not side to side or top to bottom.

Step 2: Consider Screen Resolution
The screen resolution measures the sharpness of the picture. The higher the resolution, the greater the details will appear on screen. The two main categories of screen resolution are high definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD).

A high-definition TV also has other names, such as a HDTV, full HD, or 1080p model. (The “p” in 1080p stands for pixels.) A regular high-definition contains 2 million pixels, which means that a fast-action movie sequence or must-see sports moment comes across clear and concise.

An ultra-high definition TV is also called a 4K TV or an UHD TV. These sets contain 8 million pixels, which is four times the resolution of an HDTV. So, if you’re shopping for a mega-sized screen, a 4K TV will ensure beautiful image quality. Gamers also appreciate the razor-sharp image detail they get from an UHD TV.

Step 3: Consider Connectivity
Many TVs are smart, meaning they can integrate with other platforms, such as Facebook or Netflix. They can also accommodate multiple devices, from gaming consoles to Blu-ray players, via HDMI outlets (high-definition multimedia inputs).

Look for a TV with multiple HDMI ports, which are found along the side or back of the TV. Three HDMI ports is a good standard to go by.

Step 4: Consider the Refresh Rate
The refresh rate, also known as Hertz (Hz), is the number of times per second that a picture is refreshed on screen. The higher the rate, the clearer the motion will be.

Traditional TVs are 60Hz, and, for most programs, this is all you need. Some people prefer the precision of 120Hz, which is great for video games, sports, and action flicks.

When it comes to finding the right rent-to-own TV, Rent-A-Center features some of the world’s top brands, such as Vizio, Hitachi, LG, Philips, Sharp, and Sony. Stop by your nearest store or shop online to find your HDTV or UHD TV today.