So you’re looking to buy a refurbished TV, but there are so many different terms out there today, you are bound to get confused or simply unsure about what various technological terms mean. Before we go into our glossary of terms, a few people are still unclear as to what refurbished actually means. They are worried it means poor quality items or even faulty items, being sold for a very cheap price.

Basically large retailers offer 30 day return policies on their stock they sell. Quite often, items are brought back the first day, sometimes still in the box, which maybe the customer purchased a plasma TV and then decided they wanted an LCD TV, it could have a small easily repairable issue or it could be the wrong colour or brand. The retailer then is in a tricky position, as it is illegal to sell a returned product as new. Some retailers have their own outlet shops where they can sell these products themselves, but most have to send the item back to the manufacturer.

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The manufacturer will then inspect it and fix it (if it needs fixing). The TV is thoroughly tested so that it meets stringent factory standards; the same standards that new TV’s must meet. It is then repackaged, labelled as a ‘refurbished product’ and resold at a substantial discount. That is where sellers such as ourselves come in and we then sell the stock as ‘refurbished’ at an incredibly low rate, even though the unit is in full, tested working order and the same as any other in stores at 3 times the price. So now that that’s cleared up, on with our glossary of terms.

3D: This one is pretty much as it says on the tin. A 3D (three-dimensional) film / TV programme, is a motion picture that enhances the illusion of depth perception towards the audience. It gives the illusion of objects ‘coming out of the screen’ and brings literally a new dimension to the viewers experience. 3D will either be active our passive. As a rule of thumb, active 3D generally offers the best picture, but right now, passive 3D is more convenient and affordable.

ASPECT RATIO: The Aspect Ratio, represents a comparison of its width to height (W:H). For example, a old school standard analogue TV has an AR of 4:3 which means that for every 4 units of width it’s 3 units high . The modern TV’s are usually 16:9, giving the wide-screen effect. The exact dimensions aren’t important, so long as the ratio between them is correct.

ENERGY EFFICIENT CLASS: The principle of how the EEF labelling works, is from A to G with colour markings from green to red with A being the best category with low consumption and G, the worst category with high consumption. In parallel, a colour scale shows the energy balance: while dark green symbolises the best values, red marks the worst.


FREEVIEW: As almost all of you will know know, Freeview is the only prevailing free-to-air UK digital terrestrial television service. It is a no contract, one off payment service (usually built into the unit these days), which allows you to receive more than 40 free TV channels, plus interactive features via the red button and more than 20 radio stations, all transmitted through your normal TV aerial.

HIGH DEFINITION (HD): HD gives you exceptionally clear, crisp pictures with vivid colours and up to five times more detail than standard definition. Programmes made in HD can provide the best possible quality pictures on current equipment. Only a high definition television, high definition digital box and high definition broadcast used together provide high definition viewing. Full HD means that the TV is already set up to display HD images, while HD ready requires some form of HD receiver, in order to be HD.

HDMI: HDMI, or High Definition Multimedia Interface, is a way of transmitting a video and audio signal digitally. By using an HDMI cable you can send a picture and sound from a source (DVD, HD Box, Blu-Ray etc) to a display (TV, Monitor, Projector). It is currently the cable with the greatest capacity for delivering high definition images and audio.


INTERNET TV (SMART TV): An internet TV, actually known as a SMART TV, is any TV that has internet access built in allowing it to access a range of online services including video on demand, social networking and instant messaging. Some TVs even feature a full web browser to allow access to most websites.

LED/LCD: There is actually very little difference between the two types of unit. The LED TV is a television that is built on backlight Light Emitting Diode technology. The difference between a normal LCD and an LED is that the LCD has a backlight that is ‘cold cathode fluorescent’. In the case of LEDs, the backlight is either edged or dynamic. Usually, an LED TV uses less power, provides a brighter display with better contrast, a thinner panel, and lesser heat dissipation than a conventional LCD TV. However, the display of an LED TV is not a true LED display, a more technically correct name for it would be ‘LED backlit television’.

PLASMA: Plasma TV’s are a television display technology in which each pixel on the screen is illuminated by a tiny bit of plasma (charged gas). The plasma is encased between two thin sheets of glass. Plasma displays are generally considered to offer better dark-room viewing and wider viewing angles than LCD, however they do tend to be heavier and consume significantly more power than LCD TV of similar size.

PVR Personal video recorders, or PVRs, simply record television programmes. Unlike video recorders or DVD recorders, which use removable tapes or discs to store programmes, a PVR records TV to an internal hard disk. This means that a PVR’s can store more than 100 hours of programming and the largest can store more than 500 hours worth of TV before the hard drive is full.


SCREEN RESOLUTION: The resolution is the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, “1024×768” means the display width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels.

USB: The USB slot has become pretty much standard on all new units these days and to be honest, is one of our favourite functions on a TV. It basically allows the user to slot their USB stick straight into their TV unit and access all their video, audio and picture files, on the screen of the TV.

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