Monday, July 6, 2015
What Exatly Is 4K?
Well, first of all, you might have noticed that 4K TVs aren't just popping up here and there. Companies like LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony are jumping all over the 4K technology as part of their press conferences. Not to mention even PC monitor manufacturers are just as quick to jump on the bandwagon.
With all of this chatter about how great 4K TV resolution is, you might want to read on to find out exactly what this means, especially when you look at the price tag that comes attached with the "4K" name.
I know what you're thinking, "how did we jump from 1080 to 4,000-pixel resolution?"
Well, a lot of this confusion is caused by the change in terminology. TVs were formerly referred to by their vertical dimension before 4K came along. Resolutions that came to be classified as 4K or higher (5K-8K) are referred to by their horizontal dimension.
But the gimmick in the terminology doesn't stop there. In fact, most TVs nowadays that are being advertised as 4K are only 3840x2160!
But back to the original question, no we didn't jump from 1080 pixel resolution to 4000, the screen size changed from 1080 to 2160 across the vertical dimension, and from 1920 pixels to 3840 or greater across the horizontal dimension.
Now that you know what 4K is, you can just go out and pick your display or monitor right? WRONG. Before you decide whether you want to spend that extra buck, make sure it's even going to make a difference. Don't forget, you must take into account the distance you are from the television, and what means you're going to use your TV. Otherwise, you might end up spending a pretty penny on a TV that isn't going to make much of a difference to you or any event-goers.
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