Plasma TVs were the first high definitions televisions in the market and they are still popular. As technology keeps on changing, more advanced LCD TVs have been introduced although they have poor picture quality as compared to Plasma TV. If you’re planning to buy a plasma TV, consider the following pros and cons. They will give you an idea of what to expect and make the right buying decisions.
1. Large size: Plasma TV comes in large size with the smallest being 42 inches. If you love big screens, these are the display unit you should go for.
2. High resolution: They have a great resolution of 1080 pixels which gives you a great viewing experience.
3. Picture quality: It has high picture quality compared to LCD display and brilliant colors to give you excellent screen quality. You can easily control red, blue and green subpixel colors to produce a strong color saturation and change image texture.
4. Deep blacks: Plasma display technology has the ability to turn off the pixels making it easy to boost the black levels.
5. Wide viewing angle: Plasma displays do not rely on filters to manage the screen light thus enabling you to view the pictures at wide angles and without losing the picture integrity.
6. No motion blur: It prevents motion blurs found in LCD displays which can’t turn on and off pixels quickly. In a plasma display, the fluorescent phosphor coating in subpixels only take a nanosecond to glow and can stop in seconds once the electrode turns off thus preventing motion blur.
7. PC monitor-capable: Plasma televisions can be plugged directly to any PC with a special TV video card and act as a gigantic PC monitor.
8. Quick response time: The images change rapidly and the cells need little time to react to the input. Latest plasma models have a response time of 0.01ms.
9. Effective balancing of black and contrast levels: When dealing with images which are dark, the plasma cells enable the screen to have rich and natural dark colors thus allowing a better contrast or a black level response.
10. Uniform illumination: Plasma cells function independently to ensure the screen is well lit. Uniform screen illumination ensures no parts of the screen are brighter than the others.
1. High prices: The suburb picture quality and size comes with a price tag. They are sold at higher prices compared to LCD displays.
2. Power consumption: Plasma TVs consume more electricity compared to other types of televisions.
3. Size: Plasma televisions come in big size therefore if you’re looking for a bedroom television you have to look for alternative brands which have smaller sizes.
4. Screen brightness: They have a glossy reflective screen which makes them have poor screen brightness especially if you’re in a room with a lot of light.
5. Shorter life span: The Phosphors in the display wears out or lose the brightness. After some time the display will be half as bright as it was when new.
6. Burn-in: Some images may be left on the screen for some minutes even when the image is long gone.
Although newer televisions have devised ways to avoid this problem.
7. Shadow due to image retention: The cells that display images, channels or information of a particular program for some days may create a shadow of the images or text displayed on the screen.
8. Generate more heat: Plasma TVs generate a lot of heat compared to LED or LCD TVs.
9. Affected by high altitude: The TV may experience temporary damage or buzzing noise due to the pressure between the gas and air caused by high altitudes.
10. Fragile: Plasma TV is very fragile and the TV units are very easy to break or damage. You can’t repair any burnt out tube or the backlight like an LCD TV.