Why Black Friday is the perfect time to get a 4K screen

Black Friday is just around the corner, which means a whole range of great deals are on the horizon. It’s one of the few times every year where that expensive thing you want becomes that reasonably priced thing you want. It used to be only limited to the United States, however in recent years it’s begun spreading to other countries too. All of the big online stores will have discounts, and many of the smaller ones will too. You can nab a cheap holiday gift for a loved one, or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself with something new and shiny. The only question is, what are you going to buy?

If you’ve seen a 4K television in action, then you probably want one. If you haven’t, then we can only tell you how good it looks. Imagine how you felt when you first saw one of those nature documentaries running on a store’s display HD TV back in the early 2000s. 4K TVs have four times the number of pixels regular 1080p TVs do, so let your imagination do the work. That beautiful picture quality comes at a price though, and a very high one most of the time. With prices often ranging into the thousands of dollars, they’re generally too expensive for an impulse buy. On Black Friday, 4K TVs still won’t be as cheap as their regular HD counterparts, but you can expect to find some decent ones for under $500 if you know where to look.  

The end of 2016 is a really good jumping in point for 4K, too. Last year it was probably too early. Again, if we cast our minds back a decade or so, there just wasn’t enough “HD content” for the HD TVs we were supposed to be buying. Slowly but surely, content which supported the native resolution began to appear, and the same thing is happening now with 4K. Many shows and movies on Netflix and Amazon now support it, and of course, you can game in 4K if you’ve got the right hardware. 

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Ultra High Definition (UHD), high dynamic range (HDR), and wide color ranges have changed the way we look at games, but to reap the benefits you’ll need a 4K TV. UHD has a total resolution of 3840 x 2160, much larger than the 1920 x 1080 we’re used to at the moment. To put things in perspective, that’s only a slightly smaller resolution than 4K cinema screens tend to use (4096 x 2160).  

If you follow gaming, you’ve probably heard the term “HDR” thrown around for the last year or so. The dynamic range of an image is the contrast between the blacks and the whites, and the higher range you have, the better the picture quality looks. Your old TV isn’t able to show you the small differences in brightness that your eyes can see. HDR makes things appear much closer to real life by widening that dynamic range. Basically, a TV with HDR is brighter, you get more details in the varying color levels, and because of that, it looks way better. 

If you’re someone who likes to play their games on a big screen, then the future lies in 4K. Gaming on a TV removes some of the benefits you get from a monitor, such as faster response times and anti-screen tearing technologies like FreeSync and G-Sync. However, sometimes you just want to engulf yourself in a game, and there’s no better way of doing that than having a display which takes up your entire vision. Computer monitors cap at 34-inches, which is more than enough for some, but if you are in the market for a new big TV for your games, and you’ve got a fairly modern PC, the only reason not to get a 4K TV is the premium price. 

Samsung has a frankly ridiculous 110-inch UHD display, which you can feel free to buy if you’ve maybe created a popular social media platform, or have won the lottery several times. Even the 78-inch Samsung KS9800 is probably too big for most, so for the rest of us, the TVs between 50-60-inches are more likely in our price range. PC Gamer’s best TV for gaming article has an option for the high-end, the mid-range, and the entry level, so keep a keen eye out for these particular models on Black Friday.