4K UHD TV is the latest rave among those in the television industry. The TV boasts four times the resolution of traditional HDTV and more realistic color. Its 3840 by 2160 pixels offer significantly greater clarity than the 1920 by 1080 pixels of traditional HD displays. UHD (Ultra High Definition) is an adaptation of the 4K digital cinema technology which has a resolution of 4096 by 2160. Consumer displays have a slightly lower resolution of 3840 by 2160. Although the technology emerged several years ago it is still under development and is being merged with a number of other intriguing technologies such as High-Dynamic Range, Quantum Dot and OLED panels. With all of the hype about this top of line television, you may be wondering if you should buy one. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of 4K UHD TVs.
- As mentioned previously, 4K UHD TV offer a much sharper image than standard HDTVs. The smallest
UHD TVs are in excess of 40 inches. This coupled with the higher resolution allows it to be viewed comfortably from any distance.
- It offers a degree of “future-proofing”, whereas, most UHD TVs are HDMI 2.0 compatible, which enables a substantially higher data rate than the current HDMI 1.4. Note that you will require a cable with an HDMI 2.0 connector to take advantage of those speeds.
- Gamers who appreciate high quality graphics will reap tremendous benefits from 4K. Microsoft recently announced the release of their 4K Xbox, Project Scorpio as well as the Xbox One S, which will upgrade HD content to 4K and plays Ultra HD Blue-ray discs. Sony also announced their 4K console, PS4 Pro.
- As with mist new technologies, 4K UHD TV were originally quite expensive, costing thousands of dollars. As the technology has improved and the economies of scale have taken hold, the prices have declined considerably.
- When HD was first introduced, television screen sizes were also increased, making a profoundly noticeable difference. Although 4K produces an obviously sharper image, screen sizes have remained the same. As a result, you’re less likely to experience the sensationalism brought about by the combination of higher resolution and larger screen size many underwent when first viewing HD.
- At present, there is very little UHD content being broadcast. To take advantage of the higher resolution, you will need to purchase 4K UHD Blu-ray player and discs. Optionally, you can purchase them through services such as Sony’s Ultra Streaming Service or UltraFlix.
4K UHD TV offers sharper imagery and color than any television on the market. If you’re looking for the best quality graphics available for gaming, you need not look further than 4K. The only down side is the lack of content currently available.