Tech enthusiasts by now are well aware of 4k resolution, that being 3840 x 2160 instead of HD which is 1920 x 1080 but this technology has until now been out of the reach of most consumers due to the extremely high prices. Manufacturers like Sony and Samsung have been offering solutions for around $25,000 for a few months now but that price has made consumers question the outlay. Sharp showed off its 32” 4k monitor at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas which is aimed at photo editing, their offering will cost $5,500.

A relatively unknown Asian based manufacturer named Seiki have teamed up with US site tigerdirect.com and are now offering a 50” 4k television for $1,500. This has made me wonder that with this competition will the bigger brands have to lower their premium prices in order to compete.

Many people may be under the opinion that 4k like 3D televisions is nothing more than a gimmick but this could not be further from the truth. Most new movies are being filmed at 4k resolution and higher. The other main advantage is “Pixel Density”, this is a factor because the bigger you make a 1080p screen (say 50”) the larger the pixels have to become, this makes the image look less sharp and sometimes distorted. With high resolution panels there is a much higher PPI (Pixels per inch) value so the viewer is not aware of any pixels making the image crystal clear.

I expect that within 6 months the outrageous prices that larger companies are asking will have dropped significantly to the point were you will be choosing a 4k display over an HD display next time you buy a TV.  We will just have to wait for a 4k distribution standard to appear, but until then you could always just buy a pc with an AMD Radeon 7000 series graphics card because it will output 4k natively. Currently the trend in the UK and Ireland is to buy a standard HD television while a small few are buying 3D.