The Advantages of a Plasma TV

by Klaus on July 6, 2011

in Articles, Guides/How-To, Hardware

If you are looking for a plasma TV, chances are that you will have a hard time trying to find the right unit that would satisfy all your needs, and of course, your wants as well. One other thing to consider is that if you are not really sure you want to get a plasma TV, then there will be a huge possibility that you would end up buying something else (such as an LCD TV) instead.

Most people who are on the quest for a new flat-screen TV often encounter this common TV question – which is better, plasma TVs or LCD TVs (or others)?

Below are the advantages that you would enjoy when getting a plasma TV:

Screen Size

If you prefer a huge screen display, then plasma is your best bet. Plasma TV screens come in sizes that range from 32, 84 to 100 inches and even up to 152 inches! Thus, most people who want a large TV screen have more choices when they opt for a plasma TV.


The price of a plasma TV starts escalating from screen sizes 54 inches and up. However, the price starts decreasing from screen sizes 50 inches and less.

Contrast/Brightness Levels

Plasma TV displays are created to turn off a pixel entirely as the blocking produces a much brighter image with more contrast between the blacks and whites (blacks appear blacker and whites appear whiter), resulting to colors that look more vibrant and life-like, unlike that of an average TV.

Wide Screen

Most major manufacturers provide plasma TVs in the wide screen (16:9) mode.

Viewing Angle

A typical plasma TV viewing angle ranges from 160 to 180 degrees, which means you can view the picture from just about any angle.

Screen Refreshing Rates

Plasma TVs are desired for their superb refresh rates. This means that you will be able to watch fast action scenes as if you were actually there.

Long Lifespan

The average-branded plasma TVs have a half life of 50,000 to 70,000 hours. (Half life means 50% of brightness is lost as compared to a new one). For instance, if you watched TV for 6 hours per day, then it would take about 20 years for your plasma TV to reach a half life of 50,000 hours.


Most branded plasma TVs are very cost-effective. They are built to last for a very long time and are practically maintenance free.

The truth is, buying a TV is more of a personal choice that each shopper must make for themselves. If you are still undecided whether or not to get a plasma TV, then you should go to a reputable dealer, really take a close look at their wide variety of TVs, narrow down your choices according to your TV preferences, and make your decision based on what kind of TV will give you the most satisfaction and fits your overall budget expectations.

However, if you’re very passionate  about the whole “global warming” thing, keep in mind that the production of all flat screen TV’s might come at a cost to the environment.


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Tay July 7, 2011 at 04:05

Great tips to the guide for purchasing a plasma TV. I like the point on the lifespan because it is not something that I considered before. Perhaps I should check on my home TV now and reduce my TV time to keep the TV longer lasting. Thanks again.

Mark9 July 8, 2011 at 09:03

An exellent well infromative short article about new technology plasma tvs.

Lalit July 9, 2011 at 07:44

I was searching for buying tips and some of really great tips and especially the half life of plasma TV. I have earlier read only about the half life of radioactive materials and this is quite new for me, although I have experienced that over time the brightness of plasma TV fades. Thanks for highlighting these facts.

Amy July 9, 2011 at 08:44

Very good tips. Another thing to be considered is how much video gaming is to be played on a plasma. I have read about burn-in issues on new plasmas from excessive game playing.

James July 9, 2011 at 09:28

I think more people need to read this guide before considering to buy Plasma in order to know what to look for…

RonLeyba July 9, 2011 at 10:34

A timely post for me because I am planning to get a new TV. Our quite old TV is broken so we need a new one for its replacement.

DJ ARIF July 9, 2011 at 19:06

We don’t have any Plasma TV in our home but we have one in our office, gotta buy one for our home soon…

Ron Smith July 9, 2011 at 19:24

I don’t have any plasma TV in my home but LCD. In above you have write a good review about plasma TV but how about to compare with LCD (head to head) or even LED? Cause I’m really confuse with that, when viewed at a glance they look the same

شات تعب قلبي July 10, 2011 at 18:50

We do not have any plasma TV, but good

Shane Ryans July 11, 2011 at 16:28

Great review, I am looking for a new TV and have trouble distinguishing what type I should get. Do you have the pros and cons of each?

Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate July 16, 2011 at 17:47

I’ve had a 42″ Panasonic Plasma Viera for about three years now.

Awesome image with a HD source. Only complaint is that it emits a fair amount of heat and therefore, I assume, uses more power than a LCD TV.

I think plasma TVs look better but I have not put a high end plasma beside a high end LCD and watched the same HD source simultaneously so I really don’t know that for sure.

Sarah Hogan July 19, 2011 at 12:57

Plasma TVs offer many advantages over other television technologies, and this accounts for why they are the fastest selling ‘new’ TV technology on the market.
i have a Big Plasma TV which can display up to 16.77 million colors – more than the human eye can even register – to provide a highly accurate, lifelike picture.

Shilpa July 25, 2011 at 09:38

A well descriptive article about Plasma TV. People should read your article and should consider these points before buying Plasma TV.

Eric K. July 25, 2011 at 17:04

Excellent article.
Thanks for the tips !

Jason Cecabin July 28, 2011 at 15:29

I have a plasma at home (Samsung) and the picture is unreal! I’ve never had any kind of problems with the TV. The cost was really fair too (roughly $650 for a 50″, about 2.5 years ago).

Watching sports on the plasma is amazing. It feels like you are sitting on the court/field…

René De Beaumarchais October 14, 2011 at 20:04

Don’t forget to build a coat hanger tv antenna to get free local HD channels on your plasma tv!

Will Stewart December 2, 2011 at 03:54

I have a 50″ plasma TV and I absolutely love it! It’s better than a LCD I think.

sabs March 5, 2012 at 15:51

Nice succinct review. Be nice to have one also on LED and LCD because I asked about this in the shop and even though the guys mouth was moving I don’t believe that even HE knew what he was saying and I still don’t know the difference.

Carey Lawrence August 24, 2012 at 01:54

Wow! very informative post! I was actually looking for blogs discussing about different types of television being manufactured these days when I stumbled across this post. I find it really interesting to even read more of your previous articles. Thank you for sharing this information to the public as it can be of great help for sure. 😉 Great article though, hope you would continue posting related articles about telelvision as I am a TV enthusiast as well… 🙂


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