Surely there is nothing better than tuning out after a long day at the office by tuning in to whatever happens to be on television. Taking the place of the traditional hearth, TVs have become the centrepiece of the modern lounge—a place to gather round with family, friends, or a pizza and have some quality relaxation time.

I was recently in the market for a new TV, finally having come around to the reality that it is high time to replace my outmoded television with something a bit sleeker. I’ve had my eye on a few different 3D options, but had always been put off by the price tag.

Like most appliances, I assumed cheap televisions didn’t exist unless you were happy to sacrifice on design and quality. However, having done some serious shopping around it seems there are definitely deals to be had with little limit on options. Currys for instance currently has heaps of choices available when it comes to cheap televisions boasting loads of bells and whistles.

Beyond price, when in the market for a new television there are almost infinite other variables to consider—everything from screen size to features, 3D capabilities to audio quality, HD vs. LED, along with which makes and models are the best.

Also, what accessories do I need? Do I really need to wear glasses with my 3D television? And if you’re a gamer there are a plethora of other details to keep in mind too—wifi connectivity, screen resolution, etc.

Indeed, if you’re at all tech savvy, there is no end to the possibilities. How do you begin to decide? With some televisions promising ‘blistering quality’ (not entirely sure what that means or if it’s good) and others claiming to be ‘spectacularly clever’ the decision can be overwhelming.

Today’s TVs are indeed getting more and more clever. Interacting with your television now means a lot more than simply pressing the power button, adjusting the volume or shouting at the football. ‘Touchable TV’ may be the next big thing, but at the moment many new televisions at least claim to be ‘smart’.

I have a smart phone, so why not a smart TV? The internet is everywhere and the option of browsing the web from the comfort of your own sofa and without an overheating laptop is an appealing luxury. Beyond that, smart TV owners can use Skype, download applications, watch YouTube vidoes and access iPlayer without tripping over any leads.

At the end of the day, coming home with a new television means having done some homework on your options. The choices are endless so it’s up to you to prioritise whether the ability to send tweets, play video games, or just watch a film is most important—and if you happen to want to do them all, there still surely is a television for you.

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