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Is it worth buying a Refurbished LCD TV Set?
A most common question that often finds itself through the site feedback form, is whether it is worth the risk of buying a refurbished LCD TV set.
It is true that LCD TVs are among the most expensive displays for the screen size even though the latest prices covering the 37" to the 44" screen segment are more in line with those of their plasma counterpart.
At the same time, one cannot ignore the fact that refurbished items often sell at deep discounts. Hence, it is only logical to consider refurbs if what you are after is a cheap LCD TV. But...
From the queries we receive, it is obvious that there are many misconceptions surrounding this subject. In particular, many confuse the term 'refurbished electronics' with 'reconditioned'. In the electronics world, these are two distinct designations.
So what exactly classifies as 'refurbished' when it comes to electronic products?
For an answer to all these questions, check our article: A Guide to Buying Refurbished Electronics.
LCD TV Response Time and Image Lag - Is faster always better?
LCD TVs are coming out with faster response times, with some manufactures quoting response figures as low as 8, 6 and even 3msec!
LCD Response Time is surely one of most important specs you should look at when buying an LCD TV. Normally, the faster the better i.e. the smaller the number the better, but...
The truth is that the end customer is once again being entangled in another number battle between display manufacturers. Last year, it was the contrast ratio 'number game' with plasma displays when some manufactures started quoting contrast ratios as high as 10,000:1. For the uninformed, a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 is supposed to deliver a better picture than one with 4000:1, yet if you were to go through our article on contrast ratio, you would soon realize that this is not the case.
This year, it seems that the hot debate is the response time of LCD panels.
Manufactures know this number game very well. Normally, bigger numbers sell better; in the case of response time, it is the smaller number that is better. A faster LCD TV response time is suppose to render better fast actions during movies, sport events, and gaming, but...
If you would like to find your way through this incomprehensible mess, take a look at our article on LCD Response Time.
Are you being faced with the dilemma of choosing between a plasma and an LCD TV set?
While these differences in technology are in themselves transparent to the viewer, yet, at the same time, one cannot but keep in mind that it is these same differences that give each of these display technologies, its strengths and weaknesses, and that therefore render one more suitable than the other under certain circumstances.
To help you discover where either of these flat-panel display technologies fit best, we have prepared a comparative guide to the subject of plasma vs LCD. It approaches this subject by taking a detailed look at three main areas of concern, namely 'price
and size', 'picture' related issues, and 'functional' considerations.
More information can be found here: Plasma vs LCD TV - A Comparative Guide.
Hope you will enjoy and profit from these additions to our site.
Take care and stay tuned!
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