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So you need a new TV. But what kind of TV do you want? There are so many TV options these days, that selecting the proper TV can be a hassle. Plasma, LCD, LED…which one should you choose? In this article we discuss each different type of TV, including the advantages and disadvantages of owning each type. With this information, you will be able to make an easy decision when choosing what kind of TV you want.

LCD TVs

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. Because of the advent of LED, LCD is now starting to drop off in price. LCD was all the rage when it came out many years ago, and was very expensive. Now you can buy a nice size LCD for a good price. The advantages of LCD are as follows: – Very clear picture. LCD also has a longer life then plasma, in most cases. LCD looks better for high definition gaming, as well as blue-ray movies. Plasma is cheaper then LCD, but LCD looks better. – LCD is just as easy to smash as plasma if dropped. – LCD TVs will keep coming down in price while LED gains favor.

Plasma TVs

A plasma TV is now extremely cheap. However, there are some disadvantages to using plasma. This is mainly due to the gloss or haze that generally appears on the screen; you have to block the sun out of the room you put the plasma into or you can’t look at it. – Plasma is cheap now, but not rated to last as long as LCD. Plasma’s power regulation isn’t as good as LCD. Some users have used their plasma for years just to unplug it one day and not have it turn back on. – A plasma TV may or may not have a good warranty on it. LCD TVs can be warranted to last at least 5 years. Plasma TVs are usually warranted to last less then that. So if you’re going to dump money into a plasma, get a good warranty. 5 years is good, 10 years is great, and 15 years or more is awesome. – The gloss on the screen annoys some and stops others from buying. This is most noticeable in a sunny room. For this reason, you’ll want to place your plasma into a room where there is not a lot of sun on it.

LED TVs

LED is a brand new technology. Right now, it’s very expensive. The picture quality is supposed to be a lot better, because each LED TV is built of millions of tiny LEDs. – LED is really new, and we’re not too familiar with it. But what would happen if a few of the millions of LEDs were to go out? These are good questions to ask when purchasing an LED TV. – LED is really expensive. Make sure to get a good warranty to protect your investment. You might spend 1 or 2 thousand on a plasma or LCD TV, but you’ll spend 5 thousand on an LED Tv at the time of this writing.

TV Warranty

When purchasing a TV, it’s important the TV comes with a good warranty. Some TVs come with a 3 year warranty, some come with a 5 year warranty. A plasma TV will come with a different warranty period then an LCD TV, as will an LED. The major thing is being able to recognize the different kind of warranties, and what they cover. Below we will analyze this.

In-store warranty

Usually when purchasing a TV, it will come with an in-store warranty for a limited time. This in-store warranty period is three months for most stores. Some stores sell an extended in-store warranty period. These are the best warranties to have sometimes. This is because if your TV breaks down after the in-store warranty period, it has to be shipped off to the manufacturer to be repaired. This can be time consuming and frustrating. We will discuss why below, under manufacturer warranty. An in-store warranty for your TV is great. If the extended in store-option is offered, take it over the manufacturer option.

Manufacturer warranty

Most warranties after the three month to a year period default to a manufacturer’s warranty. These you must be careful of when purchasing a TV. Be sure to read the fine print if purchasing an extended warranty. The fine print is where people always get screwed. For instance, Staples has a clause in their extended contract for laptop warranties that says if the work costs more then the cost of the unit, that the customer may be entitled to receive a gift certificate. This happened to someone I know and she received a gift certificate for less then half the cost of the laptop. These clauses sometimes also refer to how electronics are worth less money after leaving the store. Be very careful to read all the fine print in the extended service plan you get. Sometimes the extended service plans are just a rip off and covered in fine print. Avoid these.

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