What is 4K, should I care?

4K TVs have been hitting the news a lot more lately, and they seemed to be a pretty big hit at CES this year.

So, what is it? How will it affect your experience?

4K resolution (also known as Ultra HD) is 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is 4 times (2 times in each direction) the amount of pixels of 1080p (also known as Full HD), 1920 x 1080 pixels. What that boils down to is you will get a clearer image as there will be more points of detail on the screen. This is, of course, assuming that what you are watching is giving your 4K TV a video feed of 4K resolution.

For most people, the jump from Full HD to Ultra HD is not going to be as significant as the jump from Standard Definition to Full HD. For many of us, Full HD (1080p) delivers a very clear image at the distances that we sit from our TVs. However, do not believe any hard and fast rules that you read about online in regards to TV size and viewing distance.

…you will notice a difference in a standard viewing situation…is that difference worth getting a new TV?

Sure, the further away you are from your TV, the less important resolution is.

But if you watch 4K content on a 4K TV, you will notice a difference in a standard viewing situation when compared to 1080p. The question is, is that difference worth getting a new TV?

If you recently purchased a new TV, maybe not. But the technology is going to be a big part of the TV lineup from here on out. With Vizio’s recent announcement of their 4K TV line starting at $999, it might even take a bigger chunk out of the TV market than expected.

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