Refresh Rate in TV – Comparing 60Hz Smart TVs vs 120Hz Smart TVs

refresh rate in tv

When you head to the stores for a new Smart TV, the term “refresh rate” may come up a few times. This is because it’s an important feature to check before purchasing such products. Although the spec is crucial, many consumers do not know its importance.

With this article, we hope to tell you about refresh rate in TV and why you should consider this feature before you buy that Smart TV.

What is Refresh rate in TV?

Before you can enjoy your favourite movie or tv show on a TV, there are a lot of processes which happen behind the scenes. With this in mind, what you see as videos on your TV screen are a sequence of images that transform at high speeds to offer the feel of a video stream/motion. Now let’s go the definition of a refresh rate.

refresh rate in tv

A refresh rate IN TV terms is the number of times (in a second) where a television screen refreshes or redraws itself before the above changes can happen. This feature is measured in Hertz and named after the German physicist Heinrich Hertz.

Refresh rate also means the number of frames shown on television within a second. For better understanding, when a monitor is advertised as featuring 60Hz refresh rate, this means it shows 60 images in a second while a 120Hz TV displays 120 images within the same period.

So, the question comes, do the figures have any effect on image quality? Can the rule of “the higher the refresh rate, the higher the picture/colour quality” work here?

60Hz vs 120Hz refresh rate in TV: which is better?

In theory, 120Hz display means that images will be displayed at doubled rates when placed alongside the 60Hz screen. Besides, it portrays that fewer images will be displayed on the screen per second. For this reason, consumers wrongly believe that TVs with 120Hz refresh rates work better than 60Hz models.

As proven by RTINGS, a monitor with 120Hz refresh rate does not really produce less motion blur than 60Hz screens. This is because irrespective of the refresh rates, both monitors have similar response rates and offer similar image quality.

Overall this means a 60fps video played on a 120Hz screen will still look the same when played on a 60Hz TV. But when it comes to watching a fast-paced movie or sports program, a 120Hz serves as the best option for viewing such content.

Should I Upgrade from a 60Hz TV to a 120Hz variant?

No, you shouldn’t. Subject to the type of videos you wish to watch on your Smart TV, a 60 HZ monitor performs as good as a 120Hz screen. But if you are a hardcore gamer or you love watching fast paced movies or TV shows, you should consider getting a TV with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is because the effect on motion quality of 120Hz TV is better experienced with video games and other action-packed material.

We hope you enjoyed our article and learnt about refresh rate in TV terms. Please feel free to tell share your views in the comment box below.


Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

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