When buying a new TV, you are usually hit with lots of technical jargon, most of which you can ignore. However, if you’re looking for a HD TV, it’s important you know the difference between HD Ready vs Full HD to make an informed decision. We’ve outlined the differences so that you know exactly which option is best for you and your requirements – so is it HD Ready or Full HD?
HD TV was first introduced back in 2005 in the UK and there are hundreds of Freeview channels that deliver their content in HD. But what is the difference between HD Ready vs Full HD?
What is HD Ready?
HD Ready TV sets offer 1366 x 768 pixels in resolution. HD Ready TVs function by using internal processors that downscale the resolution of the image on screen. Therefore, the picture quality is superior to Standard definition TV (640 x 480 pixels) but it’s not actually HD. In short, HD Ready is almost HD but not quite!
What is Full HD?
Full HD TVs offer 1920 x 1080 pixels in resolution, otherwise known as 1080p. Full HD is the resolution that’s currently most common among televisions, Blu-ray players and video content.
So, which is better: HD Ready or Full HD?
Simply put, if you’re looking for more detailed picture quality then Full HD is the better of the two. HD Ready TVs were initially introduced as an option for people who didn’t want to spend a fortune on a new Full HD TV. However, a decade later Full HD TVs are reasonably priced and offer better features.
There is one instance where a HD Ready TV may be a more appealing option – if you’re looking for a smaller TV (between 24” – 32”) for a secondary room like the kitchen or the kid’s bedrooms. If you’re more budget conscious, then a HD Ready TV will suffice.
What about 4K and Ultra HD?
In more recent years, new technology has brought us even better display options. 4K TVs offer 3840 x 2160 pixels in resolution which is four times the amount of a Full HD display. With 4K TVs you can expect your viewing experience to be taken to a cinematic level. In most cases you can treat ‘4K’ and ‘Ultra HD’ as interchangeable.