Is Black Friday 2018 the time to upgrade to a 4K TV?

With Black Friday 2018 fast approaching, find out whether or not you should upgrade to a 4K TV.

If you’ve yet to upgrade to a 4K TV, you may be wondering whether or not Black Friday 2018 is the right time to do it. Widely known for its sales on electronics, particularly 4K TVs, Black Friday 2018 is a great time to upgrade your tech.

However, is it worth upgrading to a 4K TV, or should you set your sights on something different this year? To help make the decision easier, we’ve put together a quick guide on whether or not Black Friday 2018 is the right time to upgrade to a 4K TV!

What’s the Difference Between a 4K TV and an HD TV?

A 4K TV displays at a much higher resolution than a standard HD TV.
© Apple

One thing you’ll see a lot of during Black Friday 2018 are sales on both 4K TVs and HD TVs. To make things even more confusing, 4K TVs are also referred to as Ultra HD TVs. So, what’s the difference between a 4K TV and an HD TV? In a nutshell, 4K TVs (aka Ultra HD TVs) boast a higher resolution than your standard HD TV.

True to the name “4K,” a 4K TV boasts a resolution that’s a whopping four times more detailed than your standard HD TV. In terms of resolution, a standard HD TV has a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. Meanwhile, a 4K Ultra HD TV boasts a resolution of 3840 x 2160p. Another feature found on 4K TVs rather than standard HD TVs is High Dynamic Range (HDR), which produces sharper whites and darker blacks.

With 4K TVs having approximately 8 million pixels and HDR, they’re able to relay visual information with more clarity than an HD TV. Of course, to take advantage of these features, you should buy a screen that’s 55” or larger, as you likely won’t notice much of a difference when viewing on a smaller (40-50”) screen.

Is Black Friday the Time to Upgrade to a 4K TV?

While better in terms of resolution, 4K TVs are often more expensive than standard HD TVs, unless you buy them during a sale like Black Friday 2018.
© TCL

One of the biggest downsides when upgrading to a 4K TV from a standard HD TV is the price. Because they offer more in terms of picture quality, 4K TVs are much more expensive than standard HD TVs. As such, waiting for a sale is often a good idea when considering whether or not to upgrade to a 4K TV. Among these sales, the best is Black Friday 2018.

On Black Friday 2018, retailers offer deals on a variety of different items, including 4K TVs. Last year, several 4K TVs saw huge markdowns in price at popular retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. For reference, you can recap our list featuring the best 4K TV deals of Black Friday 2017.

As mentioned above, we recommend getting a 4K TV that’s 55” or larger. This year, we anticipate deals on 4K TVs of this size, along with deals on 4K TVs with LED, LCD, and even OLED screens. In regards to which brand of 4K TV you should consider, several trusted brands will be available during Black Friday 2018. Among these brands are Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL, Panasonic, Philips, and Sharp.

During Black Friday 2017, Samsung offered direct deals on many of their 4K TVs. 
© Samsung

For reference, last year’s Black Friday included a Samsung 65-inch 4K HDR Smart TV come down to a price of $1,297.99 at Best Buy. Additionally, Samsung was directly offering deals on TVs including their 65-inch Class Q7C Curved QLED 4K TV for $2,299.99, or approximately $2,000 off.

Each and every Black Friday, the deals on 4K TVs improve. As such, we feel that Black Friday 2018 is definitely the time to upgrade to a 4K TV, especially if you’re considering getting a 4K gaming console like a PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X. To truly capitalize on the 4K capabilities of these consoles, you’ll naturally need a 4K TV.

Are you planning on upgrading to a 4K TV on Black Friday 2018? Let us know down in the comments below, and stay tuned as we’ll be updating this article with the best Black Friday 2018 deals on 4K TVs.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. When she's not gaming or caffeinating, you can reach her at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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