If you’re looking to buy a new TV, there’s a high chance you’ve come across two acronyms: OLED and QLED. They look alike and can be easy to confuse but refer to two very different technologies.

Where they are similar however is the fact that both refer to a type of LED screen technology used by TV manufacturers, and both technologies promise excellent viewing experiences and are often attached to TVs, with price tags to match.

When such quantities of cash are in play, it makes sense to do as much research as possible. That’s where we come in – below, we help you decide between OLED and QLED. So, before you go searching where to buy the best 43-inch TV or what cables you may need, keep reading to stay informed.

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What is OLED?

Standard LED TVs have a screen composed of millions of diodes that use a backlight panel to illuminate pixels to produce a screen picture. This is a fine technology, but it does have its flaws – namely, it’s not the best at displaying true colours.

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. These little dots of light don’t need a backlight panel – they are self-illuminating. Not only this, but they are very adept at producing very true-to-life colours. The result is a stunning and vibrant image with impressive contrast. OLED TVs tend to have high refresh rates, meaning they’re perfect for gaming at 4K.

This technology also lends itself well to fast-paced action, the kind you’ll be familiar with if you watch a lot of sport or action cinema.

What is QLED?

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The ‘Q’ in QLED stands for Quantum Dot. QLED TVs still use a backlight like a standard LED screen, but the Quantum-dot LEDs are composed of minuscule phosphorescent nanocrystals.

While that sounds like something you’d find in a comic book film, these in fact respond to light and electricity to produce red, blue and green colours. The result of this technology is the power to display one-billion colour shades.

What’s the difference for the viewer?

OLED produces vibrant colours with great contrast and can do so at an impressively fast rate.

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QLED produces one-billion colours. Due to the backlight, the screen is brighter, but the process isn’t as quick or accurate as OLED.

So, should I buy OLED or QLED?

Fans of high-octane, fast-paced entertainment like action blockbusters, sports and video games should go for OLED. The colours are beautiful, and the speed of the refresh rate means that everything looks silky smooth.

Everyone else will be more than happy with QLED screens. Its colours are hugely impressive and its speeds are more than enough for standard movies and TV shows.

While we have stated that QLED is a slower technology than OLED, it’s by no means sluggish and will still deliver an excellent experience. One thing it does have on OLED is that, as it’s still backlighted, QLED TVs tend to look better in brightly lit rooms.

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