It’s a question that is more rhetorical than it is a legitimate query, because I’ll probably get one regardless and is certainly a curiosity that has aroused significant interest the more I think about it. You see money is not something I part with readily, without committed preparation to ensure that I’m not merely complicit to some impulsive desire. Yet when it comes to technology, particularly when I can elevate my gaming experience I can’t help but willfully abandon my reserved, contemplative rhetoric, one that can calmly analyse the benefits and disadvantages of a situation with measured consideration, in favour of more immediate “give it to me now!” gratification. Spontaneity is often my primary conviction as I get this overwhelming need for ownership, which leaves me having to dubiously advocate the purchase to my highly critical girlfriend. There is that momentary lapse of euphoric optimism when you finally win, out bidding some unknown auctioneer, until you remember that you’ve got to pay for it. But there’s a difference between buying a second-hand game and a new television.
When it comes to a device as explicitly prominent as a television, I don’t compromise. I need to make absolutely certain that the purchase I make is right not just for me, but for my family as well. As such it has to be a functioning amenity that facilitates all of our needs, as well as providing the necessary accessories that can justify purchase to my girlfriend, such as catch up TV and built-in applications. So for starters it can’t be too big, nor second-hand. Buying one new is the ideal scenario, provided the price is reasonable. Though a refurbished television, with the appropriate warranty is something I’m seriously considering.
The way in which our lounge is situated makes it difficult to have a television that’s 55 inches wide. Realistically we only need one that’s around the same diameter as our current 43 inch screen. 49 inches is an option, but not a prerequisite. For me it’s all about getting a setup that best utilises “Certified Ultra High Definition” resolutions and “High Dynamic Range” (HDR) and to achieve that with the moderate budget I have outlined, roughly £400, reducing the size rather than its capabilities is more important. So a good quality build and most assuredly a name brand I’m familiar with is priority.
Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, LG or even Panasonic are companies I would feel comfortable buying from. There are cheaper, less renowned brands that boast similar quality and picture clarity but it’s something of an unknown quantity that, unless garners universal recognition is not something I’m willing to consider. If I’m going to buy a new TV at considerable expense it needs to be something that will satisfy our needs for many years, so to have one that is the best that money can buy, with higher end specifications like HDR is preferable. I understand that the market fluctuates and that new innovations are being made to improve home entertainment all the time, so I’m really trying to gauge the personal perceptions of consumers who have purchased a 4k television, that they themselves would recommend to a friend, or in this case a nosy blogger.
Also its worth noting that my nearly two-year old daughter has an innate tendency to touch the television screen we currently have, trying to interact with the colourful animated characters exposed on the screen. Despite verbally reprimanding her, much to her umbrage she persistently ignores my rebukes, glaring at me with irritation as she ambles into the kitchen to hide the remote control in the washing machine. So the obvious solution would be to either get a new obedient daughter, a controversial proposition I haven’t entirely ruled out or purchase a wall mounted television, right? Wrong! Personally I find them vulgar, like decorative wall accessories rather than a home entertainment system. We would also have to completely reorganise our entire living room to accommodate it. Adjusting pictures, mirrors, sofas and bookshelves and due to the size and positioning of our living room windows, which facilitates eminent intrusion of the sun’s light, we would be forced to close the curtains permanently to reduce the glare from the sun.