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Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) TVs are now the most popular type of television that is purchased. Costs have spiralled downwards and consumers are getting larger screens at ever decreasing prices.

1. Light enough and slim enough to hang on a wall

2. A large range of screens sizes

Screen sizes typically range between 14" to in excess of 65" with larger sets still to come.

The screens use a backlight system to help present a brighter image. This can lead to loss of picture quality from different viewing angles. However, manufacturers have make big advancements in this area through improvement in LCD technologies and the introduction of LED screens.

LED TVs feature banks of LED lights behind the screen panel that can be controlled in order to adjust the amount of back lighting in the dark areas of the screen and to raise it in the bright areas for improved blacks and higher contrast.


A broad range of screen sizes at affordable prices. Slim and light they are ideal for hanging on walls. Nearly all models are HD or HD Ready.


You can get variable picture quality dependent on your viewing angle. Lack of picture contrast levels can lead to loss of detail in dark picture scenes.

Our Verdict:

The great improvements in picture quality combined with falling prices make LCD tv's the television of choice. The smaller screen formats (and their ability to be easily hung on walls) are particularly ideal for personal use around the house away from the sitting room.


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