OLED and QLED televisions are all the rage these days. But what in the world is going on with these fancy QNED TVs from LG? Let’s take a closer look.
LG produces some of the best TVs on the market, and during CES 2021, the company made headlines with its lineup of Mini LED TVs with QNED technology. LG TVs are expected to be among the best money can buy — and QNED certainly sounds like a big upgrade from traditional LCD. But what exactly is QNED and how does it compare to the popular QLED and OLED TV technologies?
LG’s TVs are popular with consumers because they’re are reliable and easy to use. The webOS platform used in its smart TVs has a great interface and is ideal for accessing streaming platforms such as YouTube and Netflix. However, the TV market is very competitive and, like other manufacturers, LG needs to constantly introduce new technology to tempt consumers to ditch their current TVs.
LG QNED TVs are LCD-based and use a combination of quantum dot and NanoCell technologies with Mini LED backlighting. The Mini LED backlighting consists of up to 30,000 tiny LEDs paired with nearly 2,500 dimming zones. This results in QNED TVs having great peak brightness levels and an improved contrast ratio compared to regular LCD TVs. QNED sounds a lot like QLED — a technology popularized by Samsung TVs — and there’s a good reason for that. Both technologies are very similar as both use quantum dots, which are semiconducting nanocrystals that produce a wide array of colors. There are a couple of reasons why LG named its newest technology with an “N” rather than sticking with the already familiar QLED. One is to separate itself from other brands and make its TVs stick out from other QLED and OLED ones. Another reason is because QNED incorporates NanoCell technology, which improves the color accuracy at different viewing angles.
OLED Is Better Than QNED
Despite QNED being one of LG’s newest technology for TVs, OLED TVs remain the best in the industry. LG even acknowledges this with a statement in one of its press releases. The biggest difference between QLED and OLED is independent dimming control. While QNED TVs have plenty of dimming zones, they still use dimmable light bulbs. OLED TVs use organic, carbon-based material that can produce a wider array of colors or no color at all. In fact, OLED TVs are touted to have the best blacks because individual pixels can be switched off — whereas QNED pixels can only be dimmed.
Consumers seeking the most premium TV should purchase an OLED TV because of its top-of-the-line picture quality. However, QNED and QLED TVs are fantastic alternatives for those who do not want to spend exorbitant amounts of money. The truth is that there are great TVs in all budget ranges. Even brief research will show that consumers have plenty of options. In fact, purchasing last year’s models is always a good idea because they can be markedly cheaper while the annual improvements in TVs are much less comparatively. It may take a while for expensive QNED TVs to come down dramatically in price, but waiting for an older model is an option to consider.
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