This LCD TV buying guide can help you decide which is the right flat screen TV choice for you.
It can be hard to decide which type of HDTV to buy as there are so many options to choose from.
So, in our introduction, we looked at what the best LCD TV had to offer and took an overview of flat screen TVs in general. However, here we will look in more detail at the plus points.
So what are the benefits of LCD screens?
Well, there are a number of reasons why you should be looking at this type of TV, so let's look at the advantages.
Update: this page was originally written about the older style LCD TVs. If you want more detailed information about the newer LED TVs, go to our guide here. However, much of this information is relevant to LED TVs as they are similar.
Just as we'd all like to be after a few visits to the gym!
An LCD television has the looks to improve any room.
The technology of LCDs allows the manufacture of units which are relatively light - and only one or two inches thick (and even less than one inch with some new models). This is a great advantage for many people as they can be easily installed in your room.......and easily moved again when you change your mind three weeks later!
Hang it on the wall.
Push it back into the corner to give yourself more room.
Don't underestimate the benefits of a TV which is large enough to look great, but won't need a team of burly men to come and install it.
Also, you may be able to put one of these on a wall that wouldn't take the weight of a plasma.
This is becoming an increasingly important consideration.
In an age where we are all becoming more aware of conserving energy supplies, the low power consumption of LCD televisions is a great plus.
The best LCD TVs may consume half the power of a plasma TV, so if you watch a lot of television then this may make a difference to you.
You're not going to save the planet on this alone - but every little helps!
Screen reflection is an issue that you might overlook - until you install the TV in your room!
However, if you watch TV in a room with a lot of ambient light (daylight through windows or room lighting), then you may prefer an LCD TV.
LCD screens do not have a reflective glass panel like a plasma TV has, so you may find the picture appears stronger in light rooms.
Any screen reflection can wash out the colours and degrade the contrast of a flat panel TV - and so no matter how good the picture is, it won't look great if there is ambient light reflecting back off the screen.
All modern TVs will have a number of picture modes that you can use to quickly alter the nature of the picture. For example you can choose a 'dynamic' setting for when there is plenty of ambient light, and maybe switch to a 'movie' mode if you are viewing in lower light conditions.
This is a way of using your flat panel TV that many people don't think about.
If you want your large flat panel TV to double up as a monitor for your computer or laptop - then LCDs are a great option.
All LCDs excel at producing a crisp and clear static image (your PC monitor is an LCD I expect).
Also, they don't have the potential issue of screen burn like a plasma, so you can leave it on your desktop image all day if you like.
Want a smaller screen size for your room?
Then what are you doing on a home cinema website! (only joking - you can stay ).
This is an easy one.
If a 32 inch screen is big enough for your room - then you will be buying an LCD screen.
Plasma TVs start at about 37 inches so you don't need to worry about the alternatives.
Also, a small TV for the kitchen or bedroom will also be an LCD.
You can get screen sizes as small as 19 inches, and so LCDs are perfect to hide away in nooks and crannies around the house.
However, don't forget that you can also get this type of TV in large screen sizes too - so an LCD TV is versatile enough to cover any screen size that you may need throughout your home.
So as you can see, there are a few very good reasons why the best LCD televisions can be a good choice for you.
This is why they are very popular around the world.
They are cheap, small and portable - but large screen sizes are also available if you prefer. They provide a good versatile choice for any home.
However, that doesn't mean they don't have issues to be aware of. There are various LCD TV problems that you may want to consider before you decide to buy.