4K Vs. OLED: Which Technology Is Superior?
They are all of the rage today, 4K televisions , with 4 times the resolution of that now obsolete 1080p TV you now have, and OLED, which is short for organic light emitting diode. OLED TVs have a much better quality of picture than you’ve seen before, plus it uses less energy and takes up less space. So which is better?
Sizing Up 4K
If you like to get up close and personal with your TV, 4K is for you. You can sit closer than you could before, and you will not see any pixels. For this same reason, you can also get a much, much larger television. The amount of detail you will be able to see on these larger 4K TVs will amaze you.
A Look at OLED
OLED TVs are a completely new technology. The contrast ratio is amazing, and it has a more realistic look, with a better appearance of depth. OLED technology uses less energy than LED LCD versions, and can be as thick as the the width of a standard pencil. There are sure to be a few drawbacks, price is one that stands out now.
Which Has Better Colors?
4K TVs have always lacked just a bit in color accuracy and rendition. OLED TVs have pixels that each have a blue, green, and red element. This makes it able to produce every color in the spectrum, and produce them accurately and true to life. OLED takes this round hands down.
Which Has Better Resolution?
This is an area where 4K bests OLED. 4K is also called ultra high definition, and it makes for images that are amazingly sharp, almost border lining on 3-dimensional. The resolution of an OLED TV is considered standard high definition.
Which Has Better Clarity?
4K has the potential to be amazing in this aspect. It is being held back by the lack of content available for 4K TVs today. OLED TVs also have a clarity of picture that is only second to 4K in this comparison. To get the first look at possible 4K content, subscribe to Direct TV from DirectSelectTV, and check for listings for programming designed for the technology.
Which Has Better Contrast?
Individually lit pixels in OLED produce better contrast, as in darker and deeper blacks, and better and more realistic light colors. 4K TVs do have better contrast than conventional TVs today, but they still rely on the same technology of an LCD front panel and an LED backlight source. OLED is the winner here.
There is a drawback in this aspect to 4K TVs, as they have a backlight source that subtracts from a uniform screen appearance. OLED TVs have a uniform look as light is spread very evenly across the screen. OLED TVs take this round in a unanimous decision.
Side Viewing Quality
Everyone has had a large group over to watch the big game, and if this is something you do on a regular basis, the OLED TV is for you. The lighting is nearer the front than in 4K backlit models, and this makes for a great picture from a variety of viewing angles.
Which Lasts Longer?
This is a very important consideration, since both OLED and 4K TVs are very expensive. The problem in assessing this aspect is that OLED is a new technology, and remains largely an unknown as to lifespan. 4K TVs can last up to a life of 60,000 hours, so 4K is the winner here.
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To sum it up, both these technologies are new and have found acceptance. However, it is difficult to say which one is the best as it is subjective to an extent and also too early to judge. So, maybe, you should wait a little more before you buy your new 4K or OLED TV.