OLED vs. QLED: Pros and Cons
Posted: December 12, 2022
You might have run across these terms before while searching for a new TV, but do you really know what OLED and QLED mean? It’s completely normal if you don’t, tech talk can seem like a whole different language, and we’re here to help break it down. Before deciding which of these two options is better, we’re going to explain how these top TV display technologies differ from one another.
For starters, OLED stands for "organic light emitting diode" and basically means the pixels in your OLED panel are microscopic LED lights working together to create a bigger picture. Because these tiny pixels emit their own light, these TVs do not require a backlight, which is why OLED is able to produce high-quality contrast and deep black levels.
A fun thing to note is that LG Display is the only company that makes OLED TV panels, apart from using them for their TVs, they also sell these panels to their competitors. This is why you will still be able to find brands such as Sony and Philips with OLED TVs in the market.
QLED stands for "Quantum Light-Emitting Diode” which means that it uses quantum dots (nanoparticles) to power its brightness and color. Invented by Samsung in 2013, the use of quantum dots is the only main difference between a QLED and a normal LED TV. For all of us who are not tech geeks, when a TV does not receive a full-spectrum white light, you will not be able to see the colors you are meant to see.
This is exactly why these quantum dots are important, they are able to create a perfect, full-spectrum white light to showcase accurate colors without sacrificing a single bit of brightness. The peak brightness produced by these quantum dots is actually a desired feature that QLED panels bring to the table.
Which Technology Is Better?
Now that you have a little more background on what OLED and QLED mean, we can take a deeper dive into comparing these two options. Based on the categories and traits that matter the most when shopping for a new TV, we have pinpointed the pros and cons of both technologies for you to compare.
OLED: Pros and Cons
- Faster refresh rate/response time
- Deeper black + better contrast
- More energy efficient
- Better eye comfort
- Optimal viewing angles
- High picture quality
- Precise colors
- Limited brightness
- Limited screen sizes
QLED: Pros and Cons
- Better brightness
- More affordable
- Variety of screen sizes
- Longer life span
- Vibrant colors
- Slower refresh rate
- Usually bulkier
- Less convincing black
Which Technology is Right For You?
When it comes to OLED and QLED one isn’t necessarily better than the other, it’s more subjective to what you want out of your new television and which of the two better fits your personal needs. To make it a little easier, we’ve broken down the two options even further so you can get a better picture of which TV technology is right for you.
If you plan on using the television for gaming, then we recommend going with OLED for a variety of reasons. This technology provides a faster response time and refresh rate, which can make a significant difference when gaming, especially if you play live against other users.
OLED also provides deeper black levels and contrast, which makes for a crisper image, especially in fast paced action packed scenes. One of the biggest perks that this technology offers gamers is that it provides less blue light, which means that you will get greater eye comfort (important when you are staring at the screen for long hours).
If you would like to further enhance the gaming experience by adding a killer soundbar, check out this article where we help you find the best sound bar for your TV.
Our OLED Recommendation
This premium television allows you to control your viewing experience by giving you the option to choose between 20 different curvature levels. With the simple press of a button, you can immerse yourself in the virtual experience of your choice or enjoy the flat display viewing option as well.
With a lighting fast 0.1 ms response time, you can view fast paced action packed movie scenes with crisp clarity and have time on your side when it comes to battling against your opponent in your favorite game (every second counts right?).
Equipped with endless features meant to enhance your viewing and gaming experience in every way, the LG OLED Flex will have you transported into your digital world in a matter of seconds.
- Discover 5 lighting modes to match your gaming mood
- 40W speakers
- Adjust the screen height up to 140mm, tilt the screen up to 10 degrees forward, or tilt up to 5 degrees backwards
- 1 screen, 20 curve options
If you are looking for a new television that gives you the most for your money, then we would suggest opting for a QLED TV. This is the more classic option that still goes above and beyond when it comes to delivering amazing quality for your TV viewing needs, not to mention the high brightness quality that provides you with stunning colors.
Our QLED Recommendation
Samsung 65" Class The Terrace Partial Sun Outdoor QLED 4K Smart TV
Picture yourself grilling outside while your family and friends watch the Super Bowl on your QLED 4K TV with images so breathtakingly rich, they feel they are actually at the game. This outdoor QLED smart TV is an amazing choice for those who love hosting parties, gatherings, or simply enjoy spending time outside with the family.
Resistant to water, dust, and extreme temperatures, this TV is built to withstand the natural elements and comes bursting with multiple high-end features. If you were looking for an indoor television, no worries; this Samsung QLED 4K Smart TV also comes in models made for indoor living spaces.
- Minimized reflection and glare
- Mirror content on your TV with a tap of the phone
- Built-in HD Base-T (no need to connect with external devices)
- SmartThings App and One Remote Control
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