These are confusing times for consumers. Since the advent of flat screen TVs, consumers have been bombarded with technologies with alien jargons from Plasmas to LCDs, then LEDs and HD and now 4K and OLEDs. It’s not surprising then that many will get turned off and just go with the cheapest option, or one that’s best value for money.
This year we’ve seen the battle shift towards 4K and OLED frontier. To recap, 4K or Ultra HD is a higher resolution format compared to the current High Definition standard. It is not actually a new technology, just a doubling of lines to make the picture finer in detail. This allows you to sit closer to a larger TV without seeing resolution artifacts. So if you have a big TV you’ll see incredible levels of detail. Most TVs with 4K capability are still basically LCD TVs.
OLED, on the other hand, is a totally new technology. It stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. It is capable of producing high contrast ratios. Blacks are so deep that they disappear in a dark room and whites that literally pop off the screen. This creates a better perception of depth that makes the picture more realistic. On the physical aspect, OLEDs are very thin and so can be made curved to provide a more involving viewing experience. Another great feature is its lower energy consumption. In terms of resolution the latest models just launched are still 1080p. Because it is a new technology, OLED TVs are considerably more expensive.
So if you are looking at upgrading your aging TV and cost is not a concern, OLED TVs might be a better choice given the lack of native 4K content at the moment and for the foreseeable future.