how do i know if my tv is 4k

TV Buying Guide: How Do I Know If My TV Is 4k?

Ian Mutuli
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4K televisions are all the rage these days. Most TV manufacturers have a 4K model, which is very popular in the TV market. So how do I know if my TV is 4K? Continue reading to find out.

What’s the Difference Between 4K and UHD?

The 4K television you purchased is Ultra-High Definition (UHD) because the language is nearly identical, but with a tiny change in resolution. While UHD has a 3840 x 2160, the true 4K tv's resolution format is 4096 x 2160.

Here is a good example of the cheapest 120Hz 4K TV for gaming and cinematic viewing. 

Another distinction is that 4K is more of a production term meaning above 4000, whereas UHD is categorized similarly to HD and SD on content platforms. Finally, when purchasing a UHD device, you may notice a distinction in aspect ratio, usually 1.78:1, to ensure it is appealing in the market. 

Here is a detailed explanation of the resolution vs. aspect ratio on a TV.

How To Know Whether Your Existing TV is 4K

1. Using the TV’s User Manual

The simplest way to tell if your TV is 4K is to look at the display details in the user manual or the packaging box. The specifications page is usually at the beginning or conclusion of almost every TV manual.

When you open the specifications page, you will find the screen resolution, usually called UHD. It can also be expressed in pixels, 3840 x 2160. Alternatively, you can find '4K' in bold text format. You will know that your TV is 4K if the handbook specifies 2160p, UHD, or 4K.

2. Checking the Official Website

If you can't find the user manual, you might be able to find the answer on the website. Go to the help section and search for your TV by model number, and you will find all the necessary information. For example, look for the terms 2160p, UHD, or 4K to verify if your TV is 4k.

3. Make Use of YouTube

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You can use free streaming platforms like YouTube to differentiate the content quality on your smart TV. For example, play a 4K video from a channel that posts high-quality visual content on your TV's YouTube app and check the resolution choice to see if it says 2160p(4K). If it does, then your television is 4K.

Alternatively, you can launch an over-the-top (OTT) application like Hulu or Netflix that provides 4K content and play any movie. If it says ultra HD or 4K while streaming, you know you have a 4K TV.

4. Use Your Remote

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Another option is to use your remote to check the manual or display settings to see if your TV is 4K. Your remote will have an info button if your TV is smart. When you hit this button, the display information, including pixels and format, appears in the upper right corner of your TV. So, for example, if you see 2160p, UHD, or 4K, your TV is 4K.

5. Contact Customer Service

If these methods don't work, your only alternative is to contact customer service; Type in "customer service number" and "TV brand" on Google. Then, call the number and speak with a customer service representative. Inquire from them. They will undoubtedly respond to your inquiry.

What Is The Best Way To Watch 4K Content?

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1. YouTube

Here you can explore and find a lot of 4K content for free. Examples include travel documentaries, action camera content, and certain movie trailers. Once you are on the Youtube platform, select settings and then the 'quality' menu; You will see 2160p with a superscript of 4K, meaning you are consuming 4K content.

2. Streaming Services

Netflix is an example of a streaming service that produces all its new material in 4K quality. You can also consume 4K content such as movies via Apple TV, Amazon Prime or iTunes. However, you must pay the amount listed on these platforms to enjoy their services.

3. 4K UHD Blu-Ray

You can consume 4K content via a Blu-Ray player; however, you must purchase it first. It can cost roughly $100. You can easily find any Blu-Ray format (4K) movie at a neighborhood Multimedia store or online shopping platform to play on your Blu-Ray player.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

1. What are the Different TV Displays?

The most common display quality standards are SD, HD, Full HD, and UHD or 4K resolution. These resolutions equate to pixel sizes ranging from 720p for SD to 1620p for Full HD to 3840p for UHD to 4096p for 4K.

Resolution indicates the degree to which your image or video is enhanced. Therefore, the tiniest aspects of your image or movie are displayed clearly with the help of more pixels.

However, this doesn't necessarily mean that 4K TVs are large since some excellent compact 4K TVs with high pixel density and image quality are available. Here are our best 5 picks for small TVs for your extra entertainment space. 

2. Can I Watch Non-4K Content on a 4K TV?

Watching non-4K content on a 4K television is technically possible. However, the more a low-quality image is enlarged or stretched to meet the TV screen size, the more deformed it becomes. Therefore, your 4K TV set should have a minimum screen size of 65 inches.

However, you can upscale to solve this issue. Upscaling entails image processing, which becomes increasingly unsuccessful as the original content you're working with becomes lower in quality. Upscaling 1080p footage to 4K is always better and easier than upscaling 720p content to 4K.

Here are the best 65-inch TVs under $1000 for movies and games. There are TV sets that are as big as 80 inches in size. Here is an example of the best 85-inch TVs available today.

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3. What Can I Do To Make The Most Of My 4K TV?

The simplest method is carefully selecting accessories that complement your TV set. The majority of 4K TVs are smart. However, if they aren't, it's always a good idea to invest in an HDMI cable, dongle or a reliable streaming stick after ensuring you have an HDMI port.

Here is a good example of the best HDMI splitter for dual monitors with a 4K display.

If you're buying a new TV, you may choose a newer display type, such as OLED, which avoids the problems that LCD TVs have with backlight dispersion. You may also think about putting your TV in a location where most people can see and watch the content after it's installed.

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.