How to Determine the Right TV Size for You

One of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of purchasing a new television is the screen size. If you choose a TV that’s too small, you’ll probably have a lot of trouble actually seeing anything on the screen.

Choose one that’s too big and it might be a bit of an overkill on your part since it will literally get in the way. Now let’s have a look at some of the things you need to consider before deciding on the size of the television you need.

Know Your Options

There are a lot of available sizes when it comes to 4K TVs, starting from about 30 inches and up to gigantic 85 inch sets. Now that you know the limits of the screen size, you should start taking other aspects into account, like viewing distance, budget and so on.

Viewing Distance

This is an interesting aspect. If you sit too close to a TV, aside from seeing the actual pixels, you’ll eventually get headaches, not to mention vision problems. Sit too far away and you’ll end up squinting at the screen to make out important details.

4K TVs offer a much better picture quality than standard television sets since it packs about 8 million pixels on the screen. Now you won’t see the actual pixels on the screen if it’s a regular-sized model, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep a good distance from it to see the whole picture.

Getting the best viewing experience

Now that you know what your options are and the importance of finding a good viewing distance it’s time to find out what the optimal TV dimensions should be for you. I figured out a simple formula which can help you determine the size of the TV you should get. Ready? Here goes:

Optimal TV Size = Viewing Distance / 2.25

Now let’s test the formula on a real life example. Say you’re sitting 12 feet away from your TV. We need to convert feet to inches and divide it by 2.25. 12 feet is 144 inches. 144 divided by 2.25 equals 64 inches. A typical 65 inch TV should do just fine in this scenario.

Now that you know the best way to figure out what your perfect TV is, all you have to do is measure the viewing distance and you’ll know exactly just how big your TV should be. After this you can consult your budget and figure out if you’re getting a regular TV, a Full HD TV or the newer 4K Ultra HD TV.


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