The question is more common than you would think at first, and the reason for it is simple. Manufacturers don’t really make it complicated to know which model is full-hd compatible –there is often a huge label on the side of the box–, but they aren’t going out of their ways to explain what it means in terms of gain against your hard cash either. This article tries to be nothing more than a to the point explanation as to whether it is worth the extra money, or not.
When you’re around to buy a new Samsung TV, you’ll be presented with a plethora of features that you won’t know the first thing about. Worry not, the resolution is a really straight-forward one these days. There are two commonly accepted standards to it; cheaper models come in HD-Ready, while the more top of the line ones can be had in full-hd. What are these resolutions and what to do with them?
HD-ready is the older standard, it’s not anywhere near high-definition these days, but the name stuck over the years. It refers to the capability of the TV to showing 1366×768 pixels on the screen, and nothing more. It used to be enough for DVD content, but now there is a new contender, the Blu-ray disc and an even higher high-definition.
Full-HD is the new thing you should be looking for; it means that the display in question is able to put out at least 1920×1080 pixels at the same time. It doesn’t look all that much in comparison –only about 600 more pixels horizontally and 300 vertically– but a little number crunching shows that it actually means 97% more information on screen. It’s usually used for better image quality, and that’s more details for you to enjoy in your favorite movies. These displays are usually only a little more expensive than the type discussed in the paragraph before, but there is a logic to the madness.
TFT panels, which are the main components of a flat-screen TV, are expensive to make. The bigger their diagonal measurement, the more expensive they are, and the number of electronic elements on the same size panel only account to a smaller cost factor. That’s why you can have a hd ready screen for $500 and a full-hd one for $600, only 20% more money for 97% of gain in image quality. That’s not a half bad deal for a LED TV you’ll probably have for at least a few years.