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What is LCD?



LCD stands for ďLiquid Crystal DisplayĒ. LCD TVís generate a picture by firing fluorescent white light at the hundreds of thousands of LCD pixels located behind the glass screen. This causes the crystals to glow in the desired color, so producing the TV image on your screen. Like all modern TVís, LCD TVís have a flat screen, meaning that they can be viewed from wider angles, in some cases up to 160 degrees. The quality given by LCD display technology gives a superb overall result when combined with Smart features in an LCD Smart TV.

So it's not surprising that some of the best selling formats on the Smart TV market are the LCD display Smart TVs. If you are new to flat screen technology, it can be a bewildering experience deciding between LCD, Plasma, LED and so on. With LCD, you get affordability without compromise on quality.


What About Smart TV Technology?



The technology used in Smart TVs is the latest development in home entertainment. It allows your TV to be connected to your home internet network and display additional content via the web. Any LCD smart TV will come with have preloaded apps that allow you to screen your favorite YouTube videos, sort through your flickr photo albums, or check out your people on Facebook. Brands such as LG and Samsung boast the best Smart TV apps libraries with hundreds of addition apps available to download. Each of those major brands has their own Smart TV portal - their own window to Smart content. You can also stream catch-up TV and pay-per-view movies straight onto your TV screen.


Why Buy An LCD Smart TV?


Of the 3 major flat screen technologies that are widely available - Plasma, LED, and LCD - LCD tends to be the most affordable and the least cumbersome. It is also the most energy efficient. However, LCD Smart TVís lose quality as the screens increases in size. They are therefore ideal for viewing TV in additional household places such as in the kitchen or bathroom. Due to their relatively light weight they are easy to hang on the wall, and the smaller screen sizes can be beneficial for use where you don't want your TV to be the centre of attention.

LCD Smart TVís have many other advantages.

They do not suffer from Ďimage burní, a problem experienced by some older plasma TVís where ghostly images could burn onto the screen. They reflect less light and glare, so are ideal for ordinary everyday lighting such as in the kitchen. Although the smaller models have a restricted viewing angle, larger models are still capable of up to 160 degree viewing.

In addition, LCD TVís use less power than plasma and up to 60% less than our old-fashioned CRT TVís. LCD Smart TV screens should enjoy at least 60,000 hours of viewing before their screens begin to dim. Depending on your household TV habits, thatís a lot of TV watching!



Summary

LCD Smart TVís are excellent products for rooms that need smaller television such as the kitchen or bedroom. Their smaller screens actually enhance their picture quality, and they are relatively cheap to buy. With the ability to hook up to your internet, your LCD Smart TV adds a new dimension to viewing entertainment.

For more information on models and capabilities it's worth reading through the Smart TV reviews section here on SmartTV101.com.


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