What to look for when buying a plasma television

November 6, 2014

The following provides some helpful information to keep in mind when you're shopping for a plasma television.

What to look for when buying a plasma television

Technology for televisions has changed drastically in the past decade. If you haven't bought one in a while, you might be a little confused about where to start.

Plasma explained

Plasma TVs can create billions of colours, whereas LCDs can only create millions. The result is improved contrast in colours and a sharper image.

The science

Plasma technology is when noble gases turn into plasma. The gases are in phosphor-coated cells between two panes of glass. Electricity is applied to the cell and they illuminate.

Size, resolution and ports

  • The size and resolution are two of the important factors you will want to look for when shopping.
  • It's a good idea to have a sense of what sort of other electronics you'll be plugging into the television so you can be sure you have enough inputs and ports for your other devices.

Give yourself a budget before you begin your search, as it will determine the range of options available to you.


The plasma TV offers a unique viewing experience, like that of a home movie theatre.

  • Plasma TVs are ideal for watching sports because of the time it takes to switch pixels is faster, which makes a difference when it comes to the blurriness of fast-action plays.


Beside sharper colours, plasma TVs are also much sought after because of their anti-glare capabilities.

  • Newer televisions have greatly improved the viewing experience by reducing light refraction, so now you and the family can watch the screen from all angles of the room with a clear, crisp image.

What to keep in mind before you buy

When you finally decide to buy your new plasma, it's important to keep resolution, price and size in mind.

The first plasma sets came with a lower resolution, but today you can choose from a variety of options.

  • Resolution is so high today, that there is no problem sitting closer to the set, because you will still enjoy an incredible quality.
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