What you need to know before buying a TV

What You Need To Know Before Buying A TV

Looking to upgrade your old TV? Before you make a purchase, be sure to look at all your options to make sure you’re getting everything you need in a new television. Follow this guide for advice on buying new or second-hand TVs.

Screen size

Depending on your wall and room space and the quality you want, screen size is often a crucial element in the decision to buy a new TV, from smaller, more portable 32-inch TVs right up to 85-inch screens for that cinematic experience. If you’re worried about your lounge room being swallowed up by your new big TV, you can make a quick calculation before making a decision: work out how far you’ll sit from your TV in inches and divide it by two. The answer will give you the recommended screen size.

Sound & picture quality

Are you looking to buy a TV to simply watch your favourite program or are you looking to fully immerse yourself in your Friday night movie or video game? This answer will ultimately determine what type of TV you’re looking for. Most TVs have the option of changing the picture and sound modes to options like cinema, dynamic or sports which can enhance your viewing on a basic level. However, if you’re looking for a ‘home cinema’ feel for your new TV you’ll be wanting to look at something newer, that can connect to surround sound/wireless speakers and has higher screen definition to create that completely immersive experience.

TV features

There’s no right or wrong answer for which features are the best when deciding to buy a TV, it really comes down to personal preference.

Here’s a list of the most popular features people look for in TVs, so you can get a feel for what’s important, or not, for you:

  • Screen Resolution Refers to the sharpness of the picture. While High Definition still offers great screen resolution, it’s now been overtaken in quality by 4K UltraHD.
  • HDMI and Connections How many ports do you need? Will multiple devices be plugged into the TV (like Chrome-cast, game console, speakers etc.) Is it compatible with the devices you’ll be plugging in?
  • Inbuilt streaming services/App store Do you want all your movies and TV shows ready at the click of a button?

Smart TV or not?

If you’re wanting to stream music right off your phone, search the web, watch a streaming service or look at photos of your recent family holiday without all the cords and computers, then a Smart TV is the way to go. Keep in mind that older smart TVs may stop being supported by updates so some apps may no longer be useable at a certain point.


Deciding on what TV will be best for your home while also being on budget is key. If you want to explore more options and models best suited for you, explore Gumtree Australia’s best TV options.

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