2022-11-25T03: 25: 59.737Z

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Buying Tips: Is mini LED important?

Al Griffin – Editor, TV y audio

An LED backlight on a TV was a high-tech feature at one point, but now even consumer TVs use LED backlights. What's less common is mini-LED backlighting, where a series of tiny lamps are used to illuminate the TV's LCD display panel.

As with quantum dots, different TV brands use different terms to indicate the presence of a mini-LED backlight on their TVs. Samsung, for example, calls its mini-LED models "Neo QLED," while LG, Sony, TCL, and Hisense simply use the term mini-LED.

A key advantage of mini-LED offerings over regular LED TVs is that the smaller lamp modules used in the backlight allow for more precise local dimming control. It is a process in which individual modules are grouped into zones and dimmed according to the brightness level of the image on the screen. For example, LED areas in dark parts of the image will dim or turn off completely, while bright light areas will light up completely.

With a higher density of LED modules spread across the backlight, mini LED TVs can also deliver higher overall brightness, with some sets, like Samsung's QN95B, having twice or more the measured light output of standard TVs. normal LEDs. This Samsung model is the company's top-end Neo QLED offering, but even more affordable mini LED TVs like the Hisense U8H series can deliver almost as high peak brightness.

Where that extra light output will be important is if you're going to be watching in a well-lit room, say watching sports during the day. But it can also help bring out all the detail in HDR sources by reducing the need for tone mapping, a process in which the TV adapts the brightness range of programs to suit its maximum light output capability.

In short, Mini-LED can make all the difference when viewing in rooms with bright lighting conditions, and it also adds a welcome level of visual impact when watching HDR movies and TV shows. This is a feature that you will pay more for, but for some people it will be worth it.

2022-11-25T03: 04: 00.082Z

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Don't miss this 1-inch LG C65 offer!

This is an incredible Black Friday OLED TV deal, especially for gamers, but also for moviegoers. You can now get the LG C1 65-inch OLED TV for just $1,197 (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) on Amazon, which is the lowest price yet.

Amazon listed its previous price at €2,499, which isn't exactly correct, that was its launch price. Most recently, it was around €1,500, which was the lowest ever, so we're still getting a 20% drop from its previous best level.

The LG C1 is a 2021 model, and when we reviewed it, we gave it five stars and were pleased with its image quality and upgradable technology. Now there's a newer version (the LG C2) that improves image quality even further… but it does so at a higher price. At just €1,200, this catapults the LG C1 into excellent value for money.

2022-11-25T03: 01: 52.470Z

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Welcome to Black Friday, TV lovers!

The big day has come! Thanks for joining our live coverage of the latest Black Friday TV deals.

We've been tracking deals all month, so we've been tracking great deals that are still going on and new deals that went live for Black Friday.

Our team of AV experts scoured the sales for discounts on the TVs we rated the most (or are so big and juicy we have to tell you about them), and we're bringing them to you here today.

And don't forget streaming services too! There are also some great deals out there, so we'll explore those too, and why we think they're worth buying now.

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