Is the HD, UHD and ‘Smart’ in TV product names making you think OMG WTF? New TVs have some complicated names to describe their features, but depending on what you plan to use it for, you may not need all the tech. We’ve simplified what these acronyms mean for you so that you can choose your new TV without feeling confused.


HD and the variations of it have to do with resolution. Resolution is the number of pixels that are arranged across and down the screen. A pixel is the smallest possible individual dot of light that makes up an image on a screen. The more pixels that make up an image, the clearer it will become.

HD and the letters before it refer to the number of pixels across (the first number) and down the screen (second number)

HD stands for High Definition

High Definition is usually the standard with new TVs. They usually have a pixel resolution of 1280x720p. Always check the specs to be sure.

FHD stands for Full High Definition

Full High Definition refers to a TV with the ‘down’ number of pixels being 1080 pixels, usually 1920x1080p. This means more dots for a clearer picture.

UHD stands for Ultra High Definition

Ultra High Definition is also referred to as 4K technology. 4K models have four times the number of pixels as standard HDTV screens. They usually have a 3840x2160p pixel resolution. The biggest benefit of UHD 4K TVs is that small objects on the screen have more detail, including sharper text. Overall, images appear richer and more life-like than on an HDTV, but the benefits can be quite subtle.What this means for you:

If you’re not a huge TV watcher but you like to keep up with the news and your favourite series, HD or FHD will do a great job and be more than good enough for you.

If you’re a film buff or series addict with a real eye for detail, you will appreciate the crisp quality of UHD TV. TV gamers will get a more immersive experience and richer graphics display with a UHD TV.

Smart TV

When you see ‘Smart’ in the name of a TV, this basically means it can connect to your home internet. You can then connect through Smart TV apps to browse websites like YouTube or Facebook and stream online TV shows and channels like Netflix and Showmax directly from the TV. A TV can be both UHD and Smart, as these words refer to different functionality.

What this means for you:

Smart TVs cost more, but if you want to future proof your purchase, it makes sense to invest in one since online channels like Netflix and Showmax are becoming more and more popular.

What if you don’t have the budget for a Smart TV right now? Well as long as the TV you are buying comes with HDMI and USB ports, you can plug in your internet connected laptop and other devices to enjoy online content on the TV screen. Making it ‘Smart’, at least while your device is plugged in.

Now that you know a bit more, find your new TV online