What you should know about OLED TVs: Are OLED TVs any good?

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Despite first OLED TVs went on sale in 2016, the total market share of all OLED TVs is still only around 2-4%. Of course, OLED TVs have some advantages, but they also have some problems as well.

OLED TVs have brighter screens and have a larger field of view, but the problem is the OLED screens’ lifetime, as it’s susceptible to burn-in. In this article, we gathered some interesting info you should read before making a decision on whether to buy an OLED TV.

What companies make OLED TV screens?

Actually, there is not so big a list of companies, that are making OLED screens. The leadership is held by LG, the pioneer in the OLED TVs market. The company is making OLED TV screens of different sizes, even the big ones. Currently, LG is making 48, 55, 65, 77, 88 inch screens, and the most popular are 55, 65, and 77 inch TVs. In 2020 company has launched an OLED manufacturing plant in China, where the company is making only 48 inch TV screens. In 2021 company is planning massive launch of 48 inch OLED TVs on the market as a good opportunity for people, who think 55-inch TVs are too big.

LG is the biggest OLED TV screens maker / Image Credit: RTINGS.com

Chinese manufacturers are also trying to produce OLED screens, but so far they cannot produce large screens.

OLED TVs disadvantages: what you should know?

Like with every other product, OLED TVs have both advantages and disadvantages. I think all people, that have googled for a while, would know about ideal black on OLED TVs, beautiful images, and bright and vibrant colors on the screen. But that people would also know about one important problem called burn-in. That’s true, OLED TVs are burning-in, so their lifetime is less compared to LCD TVs.

So why and when burning-in happens? Burnout occurs when you show a static picture on the screen, such as watching your favorite TV channel that has the logo in one place 24/7. In this case, your display may leave an area that will repeat the contours of a static image. Let’s be honest, this is not a very significant problem as the burn-in is not very noticeable, but you should be aware of this problem.

But I want to focus your attention on another question. Why some OLED TV manufacturers do not specify a specific level of contrast and brightness. Instead, the company uses beautiful names, for example LG uses the names Object Depth Enhancer, Ultra Luminance Pro. For comparison, in monitors, these parameters are always specified in the technical specifications.

Who makes OLED TVs?

In fact, the market for OLED TVs is very competitive, because OLED TVs are produced, Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Philips and other companies. However, all these companies buy from LG. So no matter what brand you buy, the screen matrix quality would be almost the same.

New OLED TV technologies

In 2020, LG began testing OLED materials produced by DuPont. As a result, in 2021 some TV models will be equipped with new OLED screens called OLED EVO. The brightness of such OLED displays will be higher by 20% compared to previous generations of OLED.

What is the lifespan of OLED TV?

LG says their OLED TVs have a lifespan of 30,000 hours. If we imagine that you’re TV 24/7, your TV would last for 3 years or 41 months or 178 weeks or 1250 days. But if we imagine that you’re watching your TV only 3-4 hours a day, we would get a rough number around 20+ years.

Is OLED TV worth buying?

There’s no clear suggestion, as this depends on a lot of factors, including your needs, demands, amount of money and style of use. In my opinion, it worth it if you can afford it. If you buy an OLED TV, you would get excellent picture quality, as well as the one pf the thinnest TV on the market.

But you should be ready to pay a lot of money to buy such a TV, some people call it ‘OLED premium’. I can’t say whether you should buy OLED TV or not, it’s only up to you.

If you feel that you have enough money to afford it, then it’s definitely a good choice, but if a TV like that makes you rake in your last penny, it’s not worth it and you can find something cheaper.

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