In the Land of the Morning Calm, it isn’t too often when Samsung is the runner-up, but that’s exactly the case when it comes to TVs.
In terms of overall picture quality and future-proofing, LG’s OLED TV offerings indeed stand alone at the summit. That is not to say that Samsung’s QLED TVs should immediately be thrown in the trash bin, as they are fine for your average everyday user.
Just know that there is another tier in the TV-universe hierarchy. If you need further proof, here are five reasons to upgrade your QLED to an OLED TV.
As already mentioned, OLED’s overall picture quality just can’t be beat. Samsung’s QLEDs can get brighter, but that alone can’t topple OLED’s superior contrast ratio and wide color gamut.
Keep in mind that a QLED TV is just an LCD TV with quantum dots, so the tech in itself is limited and quite ancient. In contrast, OLED TVs utilize self-emissive pixels, which means no more halos or light blooms that you might experience on an LCD set.
This brings us to the second reason: inimitable black levels. When OLED pixels, which can number in the millions on these TVs, can remain completely dark, the black color on your screen is basically 100 percent true. QLED TVs, though, even with the most effective full-array local dimming, still let some light through, leading to more washed-out black levels.
No. 3 on the list is superior wide-angle viewing. With QLED displays, different areas of the screen can often appear brighter than others, and the backlighting can at times bleed through. They can also lose contrast and look discolored if you’re on the outside areas of wraparound seating. Sure, if you’re directly in front of the screen, the issues aren’t as apparent. But with OLED TVs, you can count on an excellent viewing experience even from the most extreme angles.
Up next is OLED’s ultra-thin design. As OLED technology doesn’t require the same backlighting (and thus the need for extra space) as QLED sets, the panels themselves can be only a quarter-inch deep. Sure, there might be a slight bulge at the bottom to house various inputs and the power supply, but the basic aesthetics of OLEDs stand far apart from the clunkier QLED TV designs.
Lastly, OLEDs will likely save you money on your electricity bills. Without the need for constant backlighting, OLED TVs often consume fewer than 150 watts, and even the 70-inch-plus models usually don’t guzzle more than 250 watts. Try to keep in mind that OLED’s energy consumption is directly related to screen brightness, so if it’s jacked up to the max all the time, you probably won’t see the energy savings.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. He currently resides in Minneapolis.