Technology in television world continues to evolve. Bulky televisions are a thing of past as we move to more flat and sleek televisions. Ultra HD resolution has replaced your regular 1080p HD. While changes in picture resolution and television styles have been made, there have also been moderation in television display panels.
A few years ago, viewers got to choose between a Plasma and LCD screen. Today, thanks to constant developments in technology, LCD screens are the new thing. Not only are LCDs used for television sets; they are also used for computer monitors, cell phones, clocks and much more.
LCD screens and developments
LCD, which stands for Liquid Crystal Display, has seen rapid and constant innovations. It is a display panel used to display pictures and images for television sets.
While Plasma and LCD screens appear similar with their flat screen and thin outline, they are quite different with regards to the picture quality they offer. Even though Plasmas used to have an edge over LCDs a few years ago as they were price competitive and offered better picture quality, LCDs have introduced various developments and better package options which have made them to be as good as the Plasmas, or even better as some may say.
Here are some of the latest developments in LCD screens, in no particular order.
1. LED backlit technology
A few years back, people preferred Plasma over LCD because it offered blur-free image while LCDs tend to blur the image, particularly a fast motion picture. However, there have been improvements in backlit technology over the years.
Strong backlit technology is introduced in LCDs now. The improved fluorescent backlights allows for greater illumination which is synched with the display content. This has greatly improved the overall picture quality as well as enhanced motion sharpness. Apart from the much better picture, LED backlighting also consumes less power and has a longer life compared to traditional LCDs which used cold-cathode fluorescent lamps.
2. Improved display resolution
LCD manufacturers have improved the display resolution of the screens. Transitioning from a High definition (HD) to Ultra HD resolution, which provides greater density of pixels, has increased the popularity of LCD panels. The image quality is better than ever.
3. Reflective LCD
Manufacturers have also introduced reflective displays to their LCD screens. The backlit technology is not sufficient when viewing in sunlight. The reflective liquid crystal uses the natural light instead of backlit technology in the LCDs which has made it possible to see the picture or color in sunlight.
4. Wider viewing angle
The TFT technology which is short for thin-film-transistor is a technology used in LCDs to overcome some of its limitations. These limitations include limited viewing angle as well as low color quality. The implementation of this technology has allowed for a wider viewing angle by adjusting the contrast ratios. This is done by the relocation of liquid crystal molecules. As a result you can now view the picture clearly, without having to adjust your viewing angle.
Due to the developments in LCD technology, it is no surprise that they enjoy a primary position in the display market and are continuously growing to occupy a larger market share. LEDs are bound to be a part of the future. Since OLEDs are quite expensive, LCDs have only Plasmas to compete with.