Technology is constantly moving forward and as a result we are always being pushed to buy the next big thing. In the world of television right now, that next big thing is 4K television, also known as Ultra HDTV. However, is it wise to jump in and buy a 4K TV set right away or is this something we should be holding back on until a later date? Let’s look at the pros and cons of getting a 4K TV sooner rather than later.
What is 4K Television?
To start with, before making any snap decisions about purchasing a 4K TV, you are going to need to know what it is you are handing over a large sum of cash for! One thing we need to make clear is that 4K is not a gimmick that is likely to go out of fashion at some point, such as curved screens or 3D televisions. Instead, 4K is the next step up from the Full HD (1080p) that we have now. In the simplest of terms, a 4K TV is simply an even higher resolution screen that is going to offer a clearer , sharper picture. At the moment, a standard ‘Full HD’ television has a 1080p resolution which means that the screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, 4K packs even more pixels into the screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. More pixels means more detail and a higher quality picture.
Yes, You Do Want a 4K Television
If you are wondering whether or not you should be buying a 4K tv then the answer is most definitely a yes. Sooner or later, 4K is going to become the standard resolution. Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones are already becoming higher resolution, so it stands to reason that televisions will follow. In the next 10 years or so, every television is likely to be 4K. However, that does not necessarily mean that you need to go buy one right away!
Why You Should Wait to Buy 4K
You might be thinking to yourself, ‘well if this is the best resolution TV out there then of course I am going out to buy one!’ However, before you rush off to drop a wad of cash on the latest must have TV consider some of the reasons why it might be better to hold off for a little while.
First and foremost, you need to think about the money aspect! While it is true that 4K televisions have now come down in price drastically, they are still a good few hundred dollars more expensive than a top of the line Full HD set. If you go ahead and spend the money on one right now in a couple of years time when 4K becomes more popular you are going to find yourself with an outdated TV while your friends are buying more modern 4K sets for far less than you paid! The price will continue to drop as 4K becomes more commonplace just as the prices of HD televisions have done as we switched from standard to high definition in recent years.
Another major reason to wait is that there is not yet much point in buying a 4K TV, because 4K content is not yet widely available. Blu-ray and DVD are not yet available in 4K format, although there are reports of plans for a 4K Blu-Ray launch later this year at which time a new 4K player will also be required. Similarly, streaming services have little or no 4K content and anything they do offer carries an additional fee. TV providers like Bright House cable and the like, are not yet offering 4K broadcasts either so even with a 4K TV you will have a while to wait before you see any benefit from it.
In conclusion, there is little doubt that 4K televisions are something that we will all be looking to purchase in the future, but as of right now it makes more sense to stick with that 1080p HD TV that you already have and wait until 4K becomes more readily available.