What is QLED, UHD, Nanocell or OLED TV?
Updated: May 14
There are just so many terms these days when you are shopping for a new TV. But are these terms or real technology. That is what we are here to explain and elaborate on. What we will do here is go through every one of these terms in a very simple way. Simple enough to digest and understand. After all, we here at IT Block are all about helping people and this is what we love to do most.
So sit back and enjoy this read, we promise to not only make it interesting but fun as much as possible. So enjoy!
QLED or Quantum dots
So can you understand what is happening in the image above? Let's summarize, this QLED technology still requires a backlight LED Panel. QLED or Quantum dot LED TV is still technically a form of LCD Technology. LCD stands for liquid crystal display. You can see in the GIF image above that there is a layer of liquid crystal here. So you can still say it is a hybrid technology that does clearly surpass the old LCD technology. Think of QLED as the best of LED and LCD combined. QLED is different because of their tiny dots that display each pixel, allowing them to display 4K display standards on an LCD technology, which is very cool. One thing to take note is that because they still use a backlight, they are not exactly the most efficient form of technology out there. So if you are looking to go environmental and wish to reduce your carbon footprint, this type of display screen is not the right fit for you.
One of the best things we love about Quantum dot LED TV is the amazing viewing angles. Which is why Samsung has rolled out some Artwork frame like TVs for their QLED series. It is however argued that OLED technology by LG delivers a better picture. But we think the long lifespan of the QLED and lesser tendency to fade makes the QLED a superior technology.
OLED or Organic LED
OLEDs are easier to understand than quantum dots, yes we mean it. No joke. If you look at it simply from this image, there are only a few layers here. And if you understand that all the colors we see are a mixture of red, green and blue, it is easy to see how this works. So in each diode or pixel, in this case, all of the three colors are present. How organic LED works here is that it mixes the red, green and blue here together when delivering it out. Since the colors are mixing in real-time we say organic. Get it?
So how does this affect, you. For one thing, your dog can watch TV with you now comfortably and see the same colors they normally see. You see, unlike us, dogs have only blue and yellow cones. And the old technology had green and red diodes which are invisible to their eyes. This is why your darling pet shows very little to no interest to your TV shows.
And on top of that, this is proper LED technology or light-emitting diodes. Meaning each of the diodes or pixels emit their very own light, so power usage is kept at a highly efficient level. Less heat even. Which in the long turn, especially for the couch potatoes out there equals huge savings in electricity. And with electricity prices these days, who can blame you. Best of all, the image quality of an OLED is much higher, in fact, the highest quality you can get out of a TV. Bear in mind that having so many tiny light-emitting parts or think of it as tiny tiny light bulbs, they will eventually blow to give you tiny dead pixels. And there have been some claims to burn-ins that seem to occur and the colors fading in the long run.
Nano Cell TV
Okay, do not be too confused by this. Nano Cell technology is LG's very own Quantum dot LCD TV. You will notice that from a price point of view, they are a great bargain and the colors are amazing. The processing of the images is smooth and you can consider these TV sets for your gaming console for a much smoother feel when playing your games. As long as you are not a professional gamer of course. Nano Cell TV technology does boast the ability to filter ambient light colors to only show you true colors, but we are not sure entirely how this works. As far as we know, quantum dot technology is pretty standard so this may be some form of marketing or an extra layer of technology included in their own screens. LG is kind of moving away from OLED, maybe because the lifespan of LCDs are much longer and more reliable. There might be a great point to this since our own ten-year-old LCD TV is still working whereas our LED TV is already showing an entire line of dead pixels. Very sad. Much sad is us.
UHD vs 4K vs HD ready vs Full HD
So since we are already past 2019 by now, many TV shops out there are trying their best to clear their old technology stockpile. It may cost you only a few hundred dollars, but we think it is best that you stay away from HD ready or Full HD, these are old standards of display that stops at a maximum of 1080 display pixels. Of course, they are perfect for the kid's room, so yeah, always a reason to cheap out. Also, HD ready means 720p and Full HD means 1080p just so you know. Ultra HD and 4K TVs are more or less the same. They are Ultra High Definition, so anything above 2160p and above is considered Ultra High Definition, whereas 4K is strictly for 2160p. Which is what you want if you are watching Netflix since many of their shows and documentaries are displayed in ultra-high definition.
We hope this has helped you understand TVs, LCDs, and LEDs a little better. Better enough to decide what's what and what to look out for. That salesperson is not your friend, we are. We are your best friends. Hugs and kisses.