If you’ve recently been shopping for a TV, you may have come across OLED and QLED TVs. Although they sound similar, they both in fact have many differences.
The difference between QLED and OLED is summarized very basically as this:
QLED is really just an improvement of previously existing LCD technology, while OLED uses a newer, more advanced technology.
What is an OLED TV?
OLED stands for organic light emitting diode, which basically is a display technology that provides a bright, vivid and clear picture, great for viewing sports and action movies due to its fast response time.
It has many new and improved features put together to make a high-quality viewing experience such as self-lighting pixels, more convincing blacks, and a lightning-quick refresh rate.
The TVs themselves are lighter and thinner and the display is blur and judder free. The only issues currently are the muted brightness, and that they are more expensive than the usual TV.
LG are leaders in OLED TVs and have developed the OLED panel. These panels are also used by Sony & Panasonic for their 55”-65” screen sizes so the choice of screen sizes has increased. However, they are still pricier than the QLED or traditional LCD TVs and for anything over 65” there is a significant price jump.
- Thinner and lighter
- Great colour and sharpness
- Much more convincing blacks
- Pixels that are self-lighting
- Fast refresh rate
- Blur/Judder free
- Great bright and vivid display
- Good viewing from all angles
- Less screen size choice
- More expensive
- A more muted brightness
What is a QLED TV?
QLED stands for quantum dot light emitted diode and is more of an updated and improved version of LCD technology as opposed to anything new. Even though it’s not next-generation technology, it is still very good.
QLED TVs enhance contrast and colour, raising the capabilities of the 4K and the HDR pictures compared to other TVs. They have brilliant whites and can be ultra-bright.
There are many variations of screen sizes for the TVs to choose from, which is a plus for the average consumer.
Some issues with QLED TVs are that the TV itself isn’t as slim, and the display may be overly bright. Also, the blacks may be less convincing and as QLED has a slower refresh rate.
QLED TVs are developed by Samsung, this offers more choice and better pricing in the larger TV sizes, typically 75” and over.
- Cheaper than OLED TVs
- Great colour and contrast
- Ultra-bright (good for sunny rooms)
- Large variety of screen sizes
- Not as slim
- Display may be overly bright
- Black may be less convincing
- Slower refresh rate
OLED vs QLED: Which Should I Buy?
Both QLED and OLED technology have many amazing features, and while you may ask which one you should buy, the choice is really up to you. It depends on how much money you want to spend, what specific features you want or what size you want your TV to be.
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