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Buying a TV: how big do you go?

Posted September 21, 2015 - Blog Posts

Go bigger than before

When buying a new TV, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is: how big do want your screen to be?  Well, size is everything. TVs are slimmer than ever due to narrower bezels (the frame around the screen) and improved technology. Because of this you can now fit a larger screen into the same space your older, bulkier TV used to be.

How far away will you be sitting?

Each screen size has an ideal viewing distance. Consider where you’ll be sitting, if you’re too close to your television you’ll see each individual pixel. If you’re too far away, you’ll notice a loss of detail in the picture. For the perfect view, measure the distance from where you sit on the sofa to where you want to place your TV. Take a look at our diagram below for recommended viewing distances for selected HD TV screen sizes.


How do you measure a TV screen?

Screen size is measured diagonally from corner to corner, not including the bezel. Think about how much space you have. If you want a TV for the kitchen or bedroom, think 19 – 32 inch TVs. For your living room, you might want to go larger, perhaps 32 – 48 inch TV. If you have lots of space, go all out with 48 – 65 inches.

Bank holiday television offers

This might be the perfect time to buy a new TV. With the bank holiday just around the corner, there are some great deals to be had, see for yourself:


John Lewis

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