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Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a TV in Kenya

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Tv in Kenya, just like food, water, shelter, and clothing is fast becoming a necessity. Gone are the days when the school headmaster was the only person with a black and white TV in the village.

Today televisions are everywhere more so with the penetration of electricity to rural areas in Kenya and ever dropping prices of television in Kenya.

So before you go buying one, what are the factors should you consider before getting that hard earned cash out of your pocket.

Below are things you should consider before committing yourself to buying a TV in Kenya.

3 Things to Consider Before Buying a TV in Kenya

1. Price

This is the most basic economic factor informing customer purchase. You cannot spend what you do not have. However, with most manufacturers and retailers being intelligent enough to offer slow installment payment options, the price may not be a big issue for diligent savers or those who can readily access credit.

Price has its drawbacks of the general assumption that when it comes to electronics, cheap is fake and expensive is quality. This logic may not be exact especially due to the growth of open licenses for software and expiry of patents.

This does not mean that you lower your guard on substandard and cheap television sets. Best digital TV brands in Kenya come relatively cheap compared to their smart counterparts.

2. Features

Most sets have similar characteristics, especially when in the same price range and dimensions. Software, physical aspects, entertainment experience and other manufacturer specifics broadly categorize features.

While most companies have similar characteristics, others have the advantage of proprietary features that cannot be exactly enjoyed by their competitors.

It is also important to note that specific sets are readily compatible exclusively with your other devices like phone, Wi-Fi, or tablet of the same brand.

Here are some features you may need to consider.

 Screen size

Several years back people never paid much attention to screen size; this has changed over the years.

Bigger is considered better, and people consider television to be part of the house aesthetic value. If you are a fan of gaming, watching or concerned with your living room appearance, selecting suitable inches is important. In addition, it is essential to invest in a screen that can be viewed from all angles comfortably.


Gone are the times where consumers would squint behind the monochromatic electronic tube screen. This refers to the number of pixels that make up a picture.

Traditionally TV resolution is based on the vertical resolution; there however was a shift to the horizontal orientation; hence the use of 4K classification.

Most older 32 inches often have 720P(1 million pixels), the recently made sets up to 49 inches have 2 million pixels(1080 p); however, the latest expensive models have 33 million pixels(8K) given them the best clarity ever witnessed.

The advancements in technology offer a wide variety of options. If you seek the ultimate viewer experience, you invest in high-quality images.

The resolution of a television is determines this or whether its High Definition (HD 720 P), full HD, 4K(8 million pixels ) at times know as Ultra High Definition(UDH) most screens above 50 inches have his feature, 4K (the pixels here is based on the TV horizontal resolution of 4096 pixels)with HDR. This is most confusing to the pedestrian purchaser who may not be familiar with the terms.

Experts contend that pixels should not be the only factor informing your TV purchase. Aspects like contrast ratio, color, and High Dynamic Ratio performance improve a sets performance.

Refresh Rate

Sets with high resolutions and intense graphics often need high refresh rates of the images per minute or 60 seconds. Usually measured in Hertz, the refresh rate improves image quality and transition from blurry to clear. LCD screens, which have a refresh rating of 60 often at times, go blurry. Modern sets have double this coming at 120 Hz giving you the best viewing experience.

Smart or Digital

Digital TV while considered revolutionary after the cable TV era has soon found its competition from smart TV. Smart TVs depart from the former due to their ability to connect to the internet. Smart TV is upgraded digital television with computing ability tailored for entertainment including Netflix, YouTube, and social media as long as there is reliable internet connectivity. Digital TV will just give you to terrestrial FTA channels.

3. After Sales services

Electrons are unpredictable. Despite investing in a recognized brand, there is always the likelihood of technical failures occasionally.

You would want to spend in a brand that you can quickly call for customer assistance, readily get repairs, warranties honored. It is a stressful affair when you realize that the brand you may have purchased has its care center located in a foreign country.

Therefore, it is always advisable to buy from brands that you can easily walk into their centers for any extra service.

There is no doubt that each consumer has their preference when it comes to a television set, depending on purchase power, design and functionality.

Some brands are slowly gaining traction while others adjust their business models to suit their needs. It is essential to pay attention to factors listed here before embarking on a spending


A TV set in Kenya set is not just a TV. Not all televisions are the same. Besides, we all know of popular brands that will make a neighbor envious.

When choosing a TV, it is important to consider the features above. You may also want to consider how long you want to keep it around. Technology changes so fast that what was is fashionable today, is useless tomorrow. However, whatever you do, get that that will make your heart glad.

What do you think?

Written by Maishah Marsden

Maishah Marsden is the founder of ShopaXo (ShopInKenya.Com) and Maishah.Co.Ke . He is a top Kenyan blogger casually called by his peers as "Life'. If he is not writing your favorite articles, he is with his family. He loves sport and won't mind going on Safari anytime.


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