The Full Guide To 4K Resolution and UHD Displays

May 5, 2020 8:45:00 AM

UHD vs. 4k

TV displays are made of pixels, creating the resolution of the image we see today in the form of tiny dots coming together to create moving pictures. There are many different types of resolutions, and most of them are the result of advanced technology over the last few decades with improved image quality.

Today, there are 4K and UHD resolution TVs everywhere you look, which is a big difference compared to the main predecessor of 1080p resolution. While 8K TVs are also being sold today, 4K and UHD continue to be the most used technology.

Choosing the Right Resolution

Your choice of resolution is vital to your TV experience. It’s the difference between having an incredible time watching a game with crystal-clear images, to not being sure what you're looking at in confusion. It's not fun looking at a low-resolution TV.

4K and UHD displays are great options and are the most popular in the market, offering some of the best deals around. But what’s the difference? You’ll find that these displays have more in common than you think and understanding the slightest differences can determine the quality of your experience. 

Not sure what TV to install? Here’s your go-to-guide for understanding 4K and UHD! 

What to Look for in a Good TV

If you’re researching 4K vs. UHD, you’re in the right place. Both are good TV choices and can add significant value to viewers. 

What are some things to consider when looking for a good TV?

1. A price range you’re comfortable with

How many TVs do you need? What’s your budget? Find out how much you’re willing to pay for quality and features.

2. Strong resolution

The most important thing about a TV is its resolution. Do you want to see tiny dots or pixels when watching from far away? Does the picture look crisp or does it run together? Check your resolution to make sure you’re getting the right hardware.

3. Great color and image

Every TV has its unique final image. Make sure the color and appearance of your TV match your taste. Does it make you excited or unsure? Something as simple as a gut feeling can go a long way.

4. The size of the TV

It’s not often you hear someone claim they wish they’d gotten a smaller TV. Try not to fall short on this step and find the size that works best for your space.

5. Trusted brand

Is the maker of your TV someone you can trust? What does their warranty cover? Do they have a reputation for great products?

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What You Need to Know About 4K Resolution

4K resolution TVs are one of the latest forms of technology for displays. 4K resolution at the store is about 3840 x 2160 pixels. However, true 4K means that the horizontal pixels reach about four thousand. All these pixels form a powerful image. 

4K is a big step from previous technology like full HD 1080p with 1920x1080 resolution. This gives people about four times better quality!

At its release, just like most new technology, there weren’t many options to see things in 4K. Today, it’s everywhere. Netflix, Prime Video, and other streaming services provide 4K viewing that enhances your experience through great images and videos. 

Remember when Apple came out with a retina display for their phones? They claimed that if someone looked at their display at a normal angle, individual pixels could not be seen. 4K is the same way with their screens. With so many pixels, image clarity is second to none. 

True or “real” 4K is cinematic, meaning it’s designed for commercial businesses to display the best quality for their viewers.

What You Need to Know About UHD Resolution

4K and UHD are very similar. In fact, the terms are used interchangeably. The way to identify UHD is by its pixels, 3840x2160. When a store advertises 4K with this resolution, it’s technically UHD. 

The benefits of UHD is its affordable cost. Today, you can buy a UHD resolution TV for only a few hundred dollars. While this is affordable, you’ll sacrifice the potential for quality and a clear picture for your customers. 

So, how do you know if you’re buying a 4K or UHD TV? Check the resolution on the box. While a brand might not give you the actual name of the resolution, they’ll always include the pixels. If it's below 4,000 for the horizontal pixels, then it’s not 4K, regardless of what the box says. At 3840x2160, you’re looking at UHD.

4K Resolution vs. UHD Resolution 

While both resolutions can offer a great TV experience, there is one clear identifier.

True 4K resolution means that the horizontal pixels reach four thousand, which is referred to as “cinematic” 4K. When shopping for a 4K and comparing prices, consider that the real 4K quality makes a difference even though cheaper TVs might have the same name.

The UHD resolution is slightly below 4K at 3840x2160. While it’s almost the same, there can be a difference in lower picture quality.

The next time you’re searching for a TV, rather than looking at “4K” and other names, check out their resolution to get a better idea of the quality you’re getting.

Choosing Between 4K and UHD

When it’s 4K vs. UHD, which should you pick? It depends. UHD resolution is a great option for a secondary TV or an affordable alternative. Do you need something in a smaller room? Or a TV in a place where there’s high foot traffic? UHD be the right choice for you.

If you want the best quality between the two of them, go with 4K. You can have confidence that people can enjoy a clear and crisp resolution. If you’re showing something with a lot of information and text, it’s even more important to pick a better resolution.

To help you understand some of the commercial capabilities, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you rotate your home TV 90 degrees to a portrait orientation? 
  • Do you have a loop-out that allows you to pass the same image along to other displays to mirror the video content? 
  • Does your TV have a spot to hide a PC or other media player? 
  • Can your TV be scheduled to automatically turn on and off at specified hours? 
  • Does your TV have a built-in amplifier so you can simply wire up a set of speakers? 

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Entertain Customers in High-Resolution Today

With all the possibilities of 4K and UHD commercial displays, it can be challenging to know where to begin. To unlock the true potential, you need someone to help you understand 4K and UHD resolutions, how displays work, and how to create an integrated system to meet the goals of your physical space. 

In business for more than 30 years, Promotion Technology Group has the experience in the cutting-edge field of commercial displays to bring digital to life for your retail environment.

Ready to find the best display solutions to fit your needs? We’ll work with you to sort out all the details and help with installation, training, maintenance, and upgrades. When you’re ready to join the digital revolution, we’re here to help.

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Deborah Zupancic

Written by Deborah Zupancic

Deb is the Director of Training & Development at PTG. She is responsible for employee engagement initiatives, change management, and employee training development. In her role, she also drives learning and development plans, and leads internal teams to design, develop, and implement new initiatives that improve all aspects of the customer experience at PTG.

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