7 Best 32 Inch TVs | March 2017
- energy star certified
- minimal blur on moving objects
- 60hz refresh rate
- high contrast between light and dark
- wi-fi and ethernet port
- usb port for multimedia playback
- digital sound output
- 1080p full hd resolution
- intuitive menu interface
- supports screen mirroring
- smart tv capabilities
- vibrant colors with deep blacks
When Big Is Too Big
Nobody likes to sit in the front row at a movie theater. For starters, there's nowhere to put your feet up, and no one at whom you can anonymously throw popcorn. Those are two pretty big negatives. The worst part, however, is your viewing experience. Sitting a dozen feet away from a movie screen that spans twice that in diagonal length, you'd be lucky if your eyes could even take in its entirety. Whatever you manage to see, you'd leave the theater in a neck brace.
Televisions operate within certain ideal viewing distances, as well. These are mostly determined by their size classes, but they also change slightly depending on their resolutions. You'll notice that, at 32 inches, none of the TVs on our list feature 4K resolution. That's because, with a 4K 32-inch television, you'd need to be closer than 4 feet away from the screen to begin to appreciate any difference in resolution compared to 1080 HD.
With that in mind, manufacturers realize that consumers won't support the cost of cramming that extra resolution into such a small space, that the resulting price would be too high to stick onto a TV that's relatively small by today's standards.
For the right room, though, 32 inches is a perfect size. Larger kitchens, dorm rooms, smaller bedrooms, or even a killer RV can benefit mightily by the introduction of one of these 32-inchers, which would likely be an upgrade in size and quality from what's presently there.
These are all LED TVs, which utilize light emitting diodes situated behind a liquid crystal display, or LCD, screen. The LEDs provide the light, and the LCD shapes it into the image intended. The color comes from a third layer working in conjunction with the first two to organize greens, reds, and blues into a full spectrum of visible colors.
Light From Every Corner
You're likely to encounter one of three designations of LED arrangement on a television's spec sheet, all of which are artfully shrouded in vagaries. Throughout the TV market, there is very little by way of standardization in measurement. Manufacturers manipulate the numbers on everything from refresh rate to dynamic range in an attempt to make their sets seem superior to the ones at either side of them on the shelf.
Some big box retailers have even been known to take payments from certain brands to run superior quality feeds to that brand's TVs in the store, so even looking at them all arrayed in person can't give you a clear picture for comparison.
It's that LED arrangement, however, that's usually listed first among the specs at hand, so it's important that you understand exactly what it means–or could mean. When you see "backlit" as a designation for an LED TV, that means it's got a panel of LEDs living behind the screen that light up consistently to form the scene.
"Edgelit," by comparison, usually indicates one to four strips of LEDs located across one to four corresponding edges of the screen. If, for example, an edgelit LED TV had one strip of LEDs running along its bottom edge, it would be more difficult for that screen to display a bright part of an image toward the top of the screen.
Additionally, you might encounter a feature called "local dimming," which is the ability for individual LEDs to reduce their brightness and give you a more dynamic picture. If a TV offers this, it's usually a good sign.
Despite the fact that most people prefer a backlit display, the 32-inch size class is small enough that a single strip of LEDs situated along just one edge of the screen could provide sufficient lighting for almost any image. Couple that with the industry's increases in light direction technology, which mimics the local dimming of "full-array" backlit LED screens by funneling and redirecting light, and smaller edgelit designs quickly seem like a very viable option.
From The Lab To The Living Room
In less than a century's time, the television has become the cornerstone of practically every American household. Growing up in the 80s, if you didn't have cable you were considered weird. I had one friend whose parents didn't even have a TV in their house until he was 20. He turned out alright, I guess.
The phenomenon started in the early 1920s with a Scottish inventor names John Logie Baird, who pioneered both the first mechanical television and the first purely electronic color television throughout his lifetime.
At the same time in America, Charles Francis Jenkins was busy working on the wireless transmission of television images. Jenkins received a patent for his work in 1925 after successfully transmitting silhouette images of a toy windmill over a distance of five miles between a naval radio tower and his laboratory.
Once broadcast standards established themselves under expanded wings of American radio corporations, television production and ownership grew slowly but steadily. In the 1960s, ownership began its steady explosion, with rates skyrocketing all across the country.
It wouldn't be until 2011 that television ownership in the US would see any significant decline, spurred on as it was by the advent of higher resolution computer screens and more advanced television and film streaming services.