Oct 27, 2020
What is the difference between LED TV, LCD TV, Plasma TV?

When buying a television, a critical aspect to consider is the display. And you have three options here:
  • Plasma
  • LED
  • LCD
All three have different technologies. Let us do a comparative overview to understand what you can buy.
LCD is the abbreviation of Liquid Crystal Display, which is basically a flat panel display. It makes use of liquid crystals as its basics form of operation. 

  • LCD televisions use CCFL or Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lights to illuminate the screen.
  • Charged gas is used to produce light which gives effect similar to fluorescent lights.
  • It serves the dual function of a PC monitor and a TV without compromising on the picture quality.
Motion blur is an issue with lower end models. Also, backlight uniformity leads & limited viewing angle are set back. The single pixels of LCDs burn out, which results in black or white dots appearing on the screen.

#NOTE: Today, all LCD displays use an LED backlight. Hence, concept of LCD is almost obsolete or gone.

LED or light-emitting diode TV is a flat panel LCD TV. The only difference between the two is the light source behind the screen.

  • Use Light Emitting Diodes create images on the screen.
  • Offer mega contrast ratios & produce equally good bright/dark hues.
  • Lightweight, can be easily wall-mounted and are portable too.
  • Room brightness or darkness doesn’t impact picture quality.
  • Most of them have good ENERGY STAR ratings.
Many LED TVs with discreet backlighting have dimensional depth, which takes up more space. Also, LED TVs are more expensive than traditional LCD ones.
Top models to buy in Riyadh:
*Prices range between 450-20,000 SAR

Plasma HD TVs

A plasma TV is usually larger and sleeker than a conventional set and can be mounted on the wall.

Between two plates of glass are screens which light up small cells of gases like xenon and neon. This helps get bright and crisp images even on a large screen surface.

  • No backlights needed as image on the screen light up themselves with phosphorus.
  • Available in very large screen sizes that can range typically from 42” to 63”.
  • Works well in rooms that are dimly lit because saturated colours and high contrast ratios.
  • Wide viewing angles makes viewing from different corners easy and simple.
  • Tracks fast-moving images without motion blur thus suggested for action-packed sports or playing video games.
  • Visual details and sharpness is also very crisp.

Plasma TVs don’t offer the same amount of brightness as LCD/ LE The reflective surface makes them susceptible to glare. They are also prone to burn-in of static images and generate more heat, which is not something you want in Riyadh.

Best for bright rooms Best for darker room
PROS Very thin and light Best blacks
Low power consumption Cheaper
Very bright No motion blur
CONS Not very good blacks Slight buzzing noise
Motion blur issues Occasional temporary image retention
Backlight uniformity Not suitable for rooms with windows
Limited viewing angle Bulkier

If you are looking for a used LED TV, we have quite a few available at: 
You can also try our ‘Verify Before Purchase’ service. For a fee of SAR 30, we will verify the item for you.
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