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LED Smart TV - Introduction




LED Smart TV
technology is one of the newer boys in the electronics school yard. It’s a hybrid, using LCD TV technology and then vamping it up to super-performance LED.

LED TV’s are becoming a real contender against Plasma TV’s, who hold the current top-spot for best quality home entertainment. If you’re thinking about replacing your current TV, you might try looking at this new option; it’s got a lot of clout!


What Is An LED TV?



TV manufacturers looked at the basic LCD TV technology and thought, “How do we improve this?” LCD is an excellent format: it’s well priced, the picture quality is good and it works well in smaller screen sizes. However, LCD suffers from one major draw back: its contrast. If you’re viewing an LCD screen in normal daylight you’ll not notice. However, if you want to create a cinema effect and turn all the lights out, you’ll notice immediately the lack-of-black and the dullest-white.

And so it was LED to the rescue! LED’s, or “Light Emitting Diodes” are placed behind the LCD (“Liquid Crystal Display”) to enhance greatly the contrast ratio. The result is the most dazzling whites and the darkest blacks you’ll see on any home TV, including Plasma.


How Does The Smart Bit Fit In?



An LED Smart TV is rather like a smartphone. It uses an internet connection to display a host of ‘apps’ that give access to web content directly onto your TV screen. All LED Smart TV’s, in fact any type of Smart TV, come pre-loaded with the most popular apps, including Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. Many more are downloadable from Smart TV apps stores, and the starting selection depends on each manufacturers portal. Smart TV portals are the manufacturers 'window' on to the internet. They're all different.

Smart TV technology also allows you to stream video and TV content directly from the internet in the form of pay-per-view movies and catch-up TV. You can also hook up your laptop or other mobile device to a Smart TV if you wish.


Summary


LED Smart TV’s are at the cutting edge of television technology. They are very slim and lightweight, meaning they are easy to carry around and safe to mount on the wall. They are also extremely energy efficient, saving up to 50% on electricity usage compared to the latest ENERGYSTAR specifications.

As the latest tried and trusted technology around (OLED and QD TV are still under development in the background), LED fully supports 3D TV technology too. If you want an excellent all-rounder, an LED Smart TV is the one to get. Its enhanced LCD technology is tried and tested, but breaks new ground in screen performance and contrast ratio. LED is an excellent investment for a mid-sized screen, and should keep you at the hub of entertainment for a long while to come.

For more info on how LED TVs perform and some real buyer perspective on performance it'll be a worthwhile exercise to study some Smart TV reviews. You'll find many useful reviews on all of the leading electrical retailer websites.

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