Digital Digest- 12 January 2018

The  evolution of the TV set

Thinking of buying a new TV set? Read this before you do…

by Norah Spie, 12 Jan 2018

Buying a new television is an overwhelming experience. Prices vary widely for TVs of the same size. TV manufacturers and salespeople use extra features, alien-sounding technologies and hyperbolic claims about picture quality to get you to spend more. You need to consider the size, picture quality, smart tv connectivity, curved or straight, thin or thick style, the brand, etc. Then you also have to know what you are going to use the TV for? Is it for just watching movies and news, as a computer, for games, for work presentations, etc? Do you see how this is starting to be complicated? And just when you got the hang of OLED, Samsung is promising to prong it and bring us QLED.

When it comes to TVs, bigger really is better. I recommend a size of at least 40 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or main TV — and 65 inches or larger is best. You may notice there are no small TVs in this round-up, and that’s because the best TVs only come in larger sizes. According to toptens.com, the best brands for TV sets are ;

Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips, Sharp, Vizio, Mitsubishi and HiSense, in that order. Bottom line? All of the best TVs are 4K TVs with HDR. If you’re shopping for a medium-sized or larger TV, you’ll probably end up with a 4K one anyway, and chances are it’ll do HDR too.  Now, lets look at the best TVs and the breakdown the jargon…


Quick Tips to consider before you buy a TV set….

Here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television;

1.Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.

  1. Expect to pay about $500 for a solid 50- to 55-inch bargain 4K TV and at least $900 for a 65-inch model.
  2. Don’t buy a TV with less than a 120 Hz refresh rate. For state-of-the-art models, look for an HDR-compatible set, which offers more realistic colors and better contrast.
  3. OLED TVs look much betterthan a typical LED LCD, but they are considerably more expensive. Also remember, QLED is to be released later this year– a better version of OLED.
  4. Ignore contrast-ratio specs: manufacturers fudge the numbers. Trust your own eyes.

6.Look for at least four HDMI ports; 4K shoppers should ask about HDCP compatibility.

7.Curved TVs are a fashion statement. They don’t benefit image quality.

8.Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a big deal.

  1. Plan to buy a sound-bar.TV speakers are worse nowadays because the screens are thinner.

So which is the best TV?

Best Overall: Samsung UN65MU9000 Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 9 Series SmartTV Samsung’s newest MU9000 earns our top spot for the best overall TV due to its stellar picture quality, impressive motion handling and sleek design. Its high SDR peak brightness overcomes any glare, but this 65-incher really shines in dark rooms, where it produces very deep blacks courtesy of its superior native contrast ratio of 6000:1 and excellent black uniformity.

Second best: is the mind-blowing 4K models,- the Sony XBR55X900E, a 65-inch beast with picture that will knock you off your feet. This model has support for high dynamic range (HDR), which makes whites brighter and blacks darker, and even non-HDR content can be upscaled to look amazing because of the Sony’s new 4K HDR Processor X1.  Happy TV shopping !


Computer Life Hacks….

The term “life hack” refers to all skills, shortcuts and novelty methods employed to increase levels of productivity. One of the most basic and easy-to-master life hacks is learning your most useful keyboard shortcuts. You can do more than you might have guessed with just your keyboard! Using the mouse less often can reduce painful strain on joints, muscles and nerves.

  1. Save your laptop battery life by not overcharging

You can prolong your laptop battery life by as much as four times by charging your battery to 80 percent and then letting it drain to 40 percent. The reason is explained: “each cell in a lithium-polymer battery is charged to a voltage level. The higher the charge percentage, the higher the voltage level. The more voltage a cell has to store, the more stress it’s put under. That stress leads to fewer discharge cycles.”

 2. Charge your phone in a hurry

If you don’t have much time to get your phone juiced up, put it onto airplane mode while it’s charging.

3. Use keyboard shortcut

using helpful keyboard shortcuts on a PC could save you an hour a day, which can add up to three hours a week., here are some useful shortcuts;

Alt +Shift+D displays the current date

Alt+Shift+T displays current time

Ctrl+T opens new browsing page

 

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