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Tech Lingo Explained

17 Aug

It’s hard enough to keep up with all the new gadgets, technology and price tags without having to decipher the technological terms that go with them. For the more tech-savvy population, this can mean a headache. For the less tech-savvy population, it can mean a nightmare, or worse. Have you ever gotten your brand new gadget, television or laptop home, just to find out it wasn’t what you thought it was, and that you had paid too much for it in the process?

The nightmares, headaches and overspending can be a thing of the past, if you are willing to do a little homework. Some terminology will never change, so here are a few terms that might be beneficial to you the next time you go electronics shopping.

Plasma. This term refers to the type of screen a television set has. Plasma was one of the first types of flat-screens that came out. It did add an additional element of color that couldn’t be found on traditional screens. Also, it was good for viewing from all angles, which made it perfect for large families or television viewing in public areas, but it had its drawbacks. Plasmas are notorious energy hogs, which can run up your electric bill, and for the environmentally conscious, your carbon footprint. It is also too thick for use with smaller, handheld devices like smartphones or tablets.

LCD. The LCD screen is a screen with liquid crystal displays. This type of screen is popular for use with HDTVs, laptop and desktop monitors, and even tablets and cell phones. There are three major types of LCD screen to choose from – the twisted nematic, the In-Plane Switching and the patterned vertical alignment.

The twisted nematic, or TN, or TN-Film, is relatively inexpensive, with fast response times that are faster than the other LCD screens. However, the image quality is not the best that can be had with a flat-screen.

The In-Plane Switching, or IPS screen is the screen that was produced to correct problems with the twisted nematic screen. The IPS has a more accurate color display, with a wider color palette to choose from, making them a favorite among photographers and artists.  These types of screens are used in SmartPhones and tablets.

The last technological term for LCD screens is the patterned vertical alignment. This term describes the LCD screen that fits between the TN and IPS LCD screens. It is not as bright as the IPS screen, but it does have better viewing options and colors than the TN LCD screen. The PVA LCD will perform better than the TN LCD screens in several areas, while not performing as well as the IPS screens in others. However, it is functional, with midrange colors, and a wider range for viewing. It is great for watching home programming, and offers moderate price ranges.

Hopefully, this has helped shed some light on the terminology that will be thrown around to dazzle and impress you the next time you go electronics shopping. And once you choose the best television for you, check out Affordable XFINITY Deals for the best in cable tv.


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