10 factors about small TV & small smart TV

Small TV is the best solution for small room. In today’s socially connected world, television is a must-have for each household. It has become and integral part of household electronics such as fridge, air conditioner etc. It is so much important because of the features it offer. People not only use it for daily information like news but many other purposes like entertainment, watching movies and gaming.

Nowadays you can watch movies, play games, watch news and do so much stuff right there in the comfort of your home. You do not need to go to coliseum or theatre for watching movie but can watch it on your smart televisions.

For playing games you do not need a personal computer (PC) but you can play it on your smart TVs. So, nowadays smart Televisions are a good and powerful tool to do a lot of stuff (entertainment, communication etc.). This versatility has made it an important part of life.

You can place your TV in your bedroom, TV room or may be in kitchen. Television comes in different sizes and features. In the market the smallest television with the LCD screen is the 13-inch television and the commonly used small TV is 13”, 15”, 16”, 17”, 19”, 20” , 21”, 22”, 23”, 24”, 25”, 26”, 27”, 28”, 30”, 32”. The small TVs which the size is under 32 inch are still very popular because it has many advantages.

There is a huge array of different types of small television from different manufacturers. So, choosing a TV that is well suited to your requirements is a difficult task especially when you have lot of different choices. To start, you should first know more about a small TV. Following are the key factors you should look out for:

  1. Where to buy the best small TV
  2. Smart function of small smart TV
  3. How to choose the prefect Size
  4. How to choose screen resolution of small TV
  5. Refresh rate of small TV
  6. Backlight of small TVs
  7. Flat screen small TV or Curved screen small TV
  8. DVD player of small TV
  9. The method of mounting
  10. Interfaces of small TV
  11. Conclusion

Here’s a complete guide which discusses important television features (size, resolution, backlight, screen, interfacing) and specs, and how to buy the right small TV with a given budget and having features of your liking.

1. Where to buy the best small TV

Many people have confusion where to buy the small TV. The most appropriate choice is to from an electronic appliance stores or electronic super market or buying from online stores. Buying here has many advantages like when buying you can check the TV and can get the warranty card for few months.

You can buy it from online stores like Amazon, eBay, AliExpress etc. Here you can view the specification of the TV and also reads the reviews of other customers for satisfaction about the features and quality.

There is one disadvantage of buying online that is you can not check your TV and also there is no quality assurance. We reviewed several comments of the small television on the online platform. Plenty of them said that there are quality problems, such as the color of the screen is too bad, or the sound is terrible and so on. You may not know that the product you are buying is refurbished or used. So, it is risky to buy from an online platform.

If you want to buy a lot of pieces, such as for your office, buying directly from manufacturer is the best choice. There the quality would be guaranteed, and manufacturer also provides a lot of maintenance services and warranty. If you are confused about the type of small TV that you need, you can also get help from manufacturer directly.

If you have some special requirements, such as a specific interface on a specific model, you can also get custom televisions from the manufacturer. That would be very convenient.

Send us mail for SPEC, quotation etc

2. Smart function of small smart TV

In recent years, the product ‘smart TV’ is getting more and more popular. There are many televisions in market with smart features. Smart features are also available for different types of small TV. So, what is small smart TV? Do you really need smart TV? To know the answers of these questions, we need to know the characteristics of smart TV first.

  • The smart function of television has several characteristic features:
  • It has a operating system.
  • It has a powerful processor and storage space.
  • It can be connected to internet.
  • You can install or uninstall software, such as games, APP and so on.

This means that a smart television is just like a smart phone. You can watch television programs, play video games and loved ones, browse the internet or connect with your friends on social media; all of these exciting features right at the comfort of your home.

These smart features are available in sizes from 24 inches to 32 inches. For sizes below this range, there are only a few smart versions available in market. Although the manufacturer can be directly contacted to produce a small TV with smart features, but there is usually no need for smart features for such a small size.

So, if you want to buy a small smart TV, you should search for smart TV in sizes from 24 inches to 32 inches and look for the features that are best suited to your requirements.

3.How to choose the perfect size

When it comes to TV screen size the most common notion is “bigger is better” and that is not entirely true. The correct size of your television (diagonal length of the screen) depends on viewing distance, the place where it is located in the room and on the number of people watching television simultaneously. Watching a bigger television closely is dangerous for your eyes and watching it from far would also cause strain in your eyes.

Many people are confused about the size, distance and resolution which are three dependent variables. You can control the size and resolution to get the distance or control the distance and resolution to get the size of the TV you want to buy.

The size also depends on family members like if you are single then smaller television is enough, but it also depends on your choice and if you have more members of family then a bigger screen size would be required. The size of room also matters in selection of TV size.

Some experts say that the viewing distance is three times the size of television which means for a 32 inch TV, the viewing distance is 96 inches or 2.5 meters. But the viewing distance varies with resolution of the screen. A rule of thumb is that you should sit at a distance from the TV that is three times more than the size of the screen for HD and just 1.5 times the screen size for 4K Ultra HD.

After carefully estimating the viewing distance you can select the best size of TV suited to your requirements. For instance, you need a TV for your kitchen, a 15 inches TV would be enough.  On the other hand, if you want to buy a TV for your bedroom, then you can consider the 24 inch TV first.

4.How to choose screen resolution of small TV

Resolution describes the number of pixels required to make up the picture on the screen. More pixels result in sharper and clearer picture and finer details, so higher resolution is better. When we look for specifications of TV, we stumble upon terms such as 720P,1080P,1080i,4K,2K, HD, Full HD and so on. Before buying a TV, you should know what these terms mean specifically.

  • 720P:  means the resolution is 1280 x 720. “P” means progressive scanning. Progressive scanning is relatively newer technology.
  • 1080i: means the resolution is 1920 x 1080. “i” means interlaced scanning.
  • 1080P:  means the resolution is 1920 x 1080. “P” means progressive scanning.
  • HD: High Definition. HD refers to the screen with vertical resolution no less than 720. This means the resolution of 1280x 720, 1920 x 1080, 2K, 4K are all belong HD resolution.
  • FHD: Full High Definition (Full HD).  FHD usually means the resolution is 1080P (1920 x 1080).
  • 2K: usually means the resolution is 2560 x 1440.
  • 4K: usually means the resolution is 3840 x 2160. The resolutions of 4096*3112, 3656*2664 also belong to 4K family.

With the development of technology, the resolution of screen is getting higher and higher. For example, even with a 13 inch TV, you can also get a 4K resolution. There are several panels for even small 13 inch TV with very high resolution.

For instance, the resolution of N133DSE-GP1, LP133UD1-SPA1 and others is 3840 x 2160 and there are plenty of 13.3 inch LCD panels with 1920 x 1080 resolution. So, buying a small TV does not mean that the resolution would not meet your requirements. But higher the resolution, higher will the price be. So, you need to have a balance between the resolution and price.

5.Refresh rate of small TV

The refresh rate means that how many times the image on your TV screen is updated or replaced every second. More is the refresh rate of your TV screen the better will be your viewing experience. Refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz) or FPS. Normally the refresh rate is 60 Hz, some higher models refresh rate is 90 Hz or 120 Hz. So, when buying your TV kept this factor in your mind.

6.Backlight of small TVs

Backlight of television means the illumination of the screen or light that creates an image on the LCD. Traditional and old televisions use CCFL (Cold-Cathode Florescent Lamps) as their backlight. These types of backlights are cheap, not so energy efficient as compared to LEDs. Also, these backlight screen contain mercury which is dangerous and also, they are not able to do high performance picture resolution as compared to LEDs.

A LED-backlit screen is a flat panel display that uses LED backlighting instead of cold cathode fluorescent (CCFL) backlighting. Most screen of small TV on the market today are edge-lit, which means the LEDs are in the sides of the TV, facing in toward the screen. In the image at the top, the LED strips are above and to the side of this exploded-view of an LCD panel.

There are many advantages of LED backlit screens as compare to CCFL ones like they have wider color gamut (with RGB-LED or QDEF and dimming range) ,they are very slim (many screens are less than 0.5 inches (13 mm) thin in edge-lit panels). They are significantly lighter and cooler, as much as half the total chassis and system weight of a comparable CCFL. Typically, 20–30% lower power consumption and longer life span.

Checking the backlight type is an important parameter while buying small TV. If it is CCFL or screen type is LCD, the screen would be based on old technology. This technology has become obsolete in recent years.  Due to decrease in price of LED televisions it is recommended to buy LED small TVs.

7.Flat screen small TV or curved screen small TV

Curved screens are not ‘fresh’ anymore and only handful of companies are fabricating them. But the question still remains valid and intriguing: whether to buy a small flat screen TV or a curved screen TV? The prime concern that comes to a buyer’s mind is the price.

The bad news is that curved TVs are a bit pricey about 50-100$ extra for the same screen size. It is argued that curved TVs impart better immersive experience than the flat ones. They also provide more homogenous and uniform field of view. Curved TVs have added advantage that they look mesmerizing and unusual than the regular flat ones. So, if you like to boast and make your TV lounge look distinguished then curved TV is definitely a better option to go with.

The downfall is that there is only a narrow region where a user may enjoy the true experience of immenseness and color contrast. For the viewers that are off from that narrow sweet spot, might not even see the screen completely as the curved edges would block the view.

Flat TVs do not pose this issue hence, more people can watch a show on a small flat screen TV. Curved TVs also tend to  take more space on a flat wall and thus are more prone to accidents/ damages due to emerging curved edges. Moreover, they look a bit eerie fixed to a straight wall.

Curved screen TV may be specifically best for the case when you have a curved wall. There are only a few manufacturers producing small curved TV in sizes from 24 inches to 32 inches. For very small TV, there is no difference in making it curved. Small flat screen TVs don’t have issue of stretched reflections by an opposite light source. They are still more popular in the market.

8. DVD player of small TV

Your small TV can enhance your entertainment experience with help of a DVD player and a good collection of DVDs. Although DVD players are a bit obsolete but for the people who have wide collection of DVDs can enjoy their spare time. It’s advantageous in the case when there is no WIFI or internet connection. One thing you should keep it mind is to get a DVD player that is easy to interface with the modern TVs.

Although modern TVs still support the old ports technologies such as Component, S-Video and Composite, but they don’t give the best video and audio quality. So, make sure you buy the DVD player that has HDMI ports. If you already have one that doesn’t support HDMI, then you can have the converters. DVD players can come very handy when there’s a bad weather and you have connectivity issues. So, it’s handy to have it.

If you need a DVD player, but you do not want to buy separately, then a small TV with DVD player is best suited for you. There are several models of small TV such as 19 inches with built in DVD player. Check the specification before buying, and you will get the right small TV with DVD player

9.The Method of Mounting

Congratulations! You have bought your desired TV and are ready to plug it in. But before that you have to first get it to a nice place to fix. You can have the professionals take care of that, but that may cost you a whopping 100-150$. If you decide to keep your money, then you can do it yourself by following some simple set of rules.

First thing you should consider is the location where you want your TV to be. Although it’s totally up to your particular taste and will. You can always surf over internet to get some nice ideas for the location. Whichever place you choose make sure that it’s not directly opposite to a window because the glare can be very annoying. Also note your light sources locations so that there is none opposite to the screen.

Secondly, decide the height level you want your TV to be placed that would be comfortable for you to watch at. Some mounting kits have the flexibility of slightly adjusting the height level of the TV. This is a critical stage as having the incorrect idea of height level may possibly cause strain in neck and uncomforting in the future. The correct height can be found by three persons. Two will adjust the TV height and one will give the feedback. After a height is decided mark the location accurately.

You should always have the required tools and materials for the project ready ahead of time. Some tools include Level, Tape measure, Drill, Wrench, Screwdriver, Measurement tape and Ratchet set.

If you are uncomfortable with the amount of work in mounting the TV or simply do not want to take the risk, then you can simply have a TV stand and place it on your table.

10. Interfaces of small TV

TV interface has been revolutionized in past years. As television has evolved, companies are making more and more user-friendly interface. With the advent of smart TVs, different modules have been integrated into one and now the user may get all their stuffs from the television rather than using a number of devices such as Netflix box, a DVR or an Xbox. There are different panels a user may have.

One recommends different TV shows that are on at a current time. On-demand panel can pull up any video on the internet you want to watch and stream it on TV. You can even get your pictures from your mobile or other devices to the TV and show them off to your friends and community. Modern smart TVs also support video calling just like a smartphone. You can also enjoy high graphics video games on your screen.

Smart TV is getting more and more popular and there are a load of devices you can connect to your television, you would need a TV with interfaces of your requirement. You don’t know what kind of devices you will connect to the television in future. There may be a set-top box, computer, DVD player, U-disk and other media players.

The good news is that plenty of small TV have many kinds of interfaces, such as the HDMI, VGA, AV-IN etc. so you can connect any type of device you want. Before buying a small TV, you should know what different types of interfaces mean.

HDMI interface/Gecey.com

(1).HDMI: In order to connect a DVD player, computer or a game console to a TV you need something that links them. Every cable standard has its pros and cons and can be confusing what to choose. HDMI(High-Definition-Multimedia-Interface) is an option. It can transmit both audio and video. HDMI is digital replacement of previous analogue standards. Almost modern devices have HDMI port. HDMI 1.0 allows 1080p at 60 frames per second. HDMI 1.3 and 1.4 can be used to transmit even higher quality video.

VGA interface/Gecey.com

(2).VGA: Old fashioned VGA (Video Graphics Array) usually has blue plug on the cable. VGA is a 15 pin connector and has three rows. Screws on either side of housing are used to fix it in place. The advantage of VGA is that the old equipment such as an old projector will work with it. Few modern TVs still support VGA. The maximum resolution it supports is 1024×768. Note that VGA is analog connection.

USB interface/Gecey.com

(3).USB Port: USB port is an essential port for connecting pen drives, hard drives, internet dongles, digital cameras, mobile phones and tablets to your small TV to share and enjoy your movies, music or games.

AV-in interface/Gecey.com

(4).AV-in: AV (Audio/Video) input is a common label on a connector to receive (AV) audio/visual signals from electronic equipment that generates AV signals (AV output).It is the audio-video input interface. It is used to connect DVD, DTV etc. Although this technology is a bit old, but it is still in use.

Rf-in interface/Gecey.com

(5).RF-in: A RF (Radio Frequency) connector is an electrical connector to work on radio frequency. This is the interface for connecting antenna. This interface was used widely when there were no digital streaming services. This interface is now obsolete.

11. Conclusion

Now, a living room is usually the biggest in a home. Most of residential housing will reduce the area of bedrooms in an appropriate manner to enlarge the living room. Therefore, although living rooms now are more spacious than the past, many bedrooms become much smaller than before.

After a bedroom is provided with a bed, a wardrobe and some other bigger items, there is little space left. Even if a TV set is mounted on a wall, the viewing distance is about 3 meters. For a bedroom with smaller space, so a small TV is a good choice.

It is concluded that to buy a television there are many factors to be considered. You should look for your room size, members in family and distance of viewing. After selection of these factors you should then consider the screen size and screen resolution which are very important factor to be considered while buying small TV.

You should also look at the specification of the TV like user interfaces (DVD, HDMI, Bluetooth, USB port etc.) keeping these factors in mind you can buy the right and best TV for your home, shop or office.

Small TV is just one kind of our televisions. We have many other popular and powerful TV products, such as mirror TV line of products, touch televisions, bathroom mirror TV and so on. If you have any questions, please feel free to tell us.