Monday, November 29

Seven words serve as a size guide for your next TV: as big as you can afford


In the history of technology there are three great moments of regret:

  • When Motorola thought it would be a good idea to sell satellite phones in the 1990s for $ 1,000 per unit, charging $ 10 per minute of conversation using la red Iridium.
  • When Kodak refused to embrace digital photography to preserve its analog photography business.
  • And when the writer of these lines said that “a 42-inch television is more than enough, it’s not worth going for more.”

I still regret those words, of course, but they helped me to learn that standards around optimal TV size are as volatile as Bitcoin, and that whenever we buy a new one we must aim as high as we can, because what seems gigantic today, in a while it seems normal, and shortly after, small. The ‘Moore’s Law’ applied to diagonals of televisions.


Twenty years ago, most home televisions were under 30 inches, 28 was a more than generous size. Shortly after, the 32 inches became the size for the most demanding, with prices for the wealthiest. A decade ago, that standard rose to 42 inches, to later go to 55 and today it stands at around 65. That is the size considered by the collective imagination as large, but appropriate. Above it is an excess, and below – especially below 55 – it is small at this point.

Imagine reaching 2021 with 42 inches and resisting to renew the television because, as a wise man said, “the thing is very bad very bad“Many years of crossing through the desert with a panel in the room that long ago became too small.

Give me many inches please

Image of the proportional increase that each television implies

On this Black Friday, smart speaker goes, connected light bulb comes, more than one will launch to renew their television. My advice is very clear: it is better to put a little more money (everyone will know what their limit is) in exchange for a larger panel than to fall short and regret it for years, especially in something like a television, which lasts between eight and ten years quietly and whose cost is amortized throughout all that time, the extra to be paid being diluted a lot if we think about it in an annual key. How much are we saving by anchoring at 55 inches? 400 euros? That equates to 33 40 euros a year for ten years. Less than four euros per month, which makes the difference between maintaining higher satisfaction day after day for much longer (clarification: in a previous version of this article there was a bad calculation, 33 euros per year, already corrected thanks to the comments).

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Of course, not everyone can consider heart attack diagonals. There are several conditions:

What size is the maximum that matches these four questions? For most cases, that will be the recommended. From there we can enter to assess whether we will see that screen alone or accompanied, and evaluate its viewing angles, or the resolution at which we will see most of the content, but let’s not forget that this progress is also constant. I know of someone who bought a television three years ago saying that “1080p is more than enough, neither the consoles nor most of the contents are in 4K”, and today we already have the next-gen in 4K and streaming in this normalized resolution.

What will your television need to play in 8K or 4K / 120 fps and get to extract the whole game to the 'next-gen'

Over time I have realized that I appreciate more the qualitative image jumps on screens that I see more closely, such as monitors or smartphones, but for a TV, where clearly this also matters, I end up prioritizing size much more, than it’s what makes the experience truly immersive.

TV Samsung

The good thing is that in recent times we are already seeing how some models of at least 65 inches are reaching prices until now unthinkable, and with OLEDs, especially from the previous year, being very well positioned after their offers.


LG 75UP8000-ALEXA 2021-Smart TV 4K UHD 189 cm (75") con Procesador Quad Core, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Sonido Virtual Surround, HDMI 2.0, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi

LG 75UP8000-ALEXA 2021-Smart TV 4K UHD 189 cm (75″) con Procesador Quad Core, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Sonido Virtual Surround, HDMI 2.0, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi

LG OLED65CX6LA - Smart TV 4K UHD OLED 164 cm (65") con Inteligencia Artificial, Procesador Inteligente α9 Gen3, Deep Learning, 100% HDR, Dolby Vision/ATMOS, 4xHDMI 2.1, 3xUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi

LG OLED65CX6LA – Smart TV 4K UHD OLED 164 cm (65″) con Inteligencia Artificial, Procesador Inteligente α9 Gen3, Deep Learning, 100% HDR, Dolby Vision/ATMOS, 4xHDMI 2.1, 3xUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi

Sony KD65X80J - Smart TV de 65" con 4K Ultra HD, Google TV, Processor X1, Triluminos Pro, HDR (modelo 2021, color negro)

Sony KD65X80J – Smart TV de 65″ con 4K Ultra HD, Google TV, Processor X1, Triluminos Pro, HDR (modelo 2021, color negro)

Thinking of renovating the television and seeing which one fits in the living room? Here’s a size chart, courtesy of RTINGS. Remember that these sizes speak of the size of the panel, you will have to add that of the frames and the base. Luck.

Size in inches

Width

Alto

Area

32″

70,9 cm

39,9 cm

0,283 m²

40″

88,6 cm

49,8 cm

0,441 m²

43″

95,3 cm

53,6 cm

0,511 m²

50″

110,7 cm

62,2 cm

0,689 m²

55″

121,7 cm

68,6 cm

0,835 m²

60″

132,8 cm

74,7 cm

0,992 m²

65″

144 cm

81 cm

1,166 m²

70″

154,9 cm

87,1 cm

1,349 m²

75″

166,1 cm

93,5 cm

1,553 m²

80″

177 cm

99,6 cm

1,763 m²

85″

188,2 cm

105,9 cm

1,993 m²



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