32" TVs: Finding the Best Small TVs for Your Space
You often hear that bigger is better when it comes to televisions, but when you're researching small TVs for your kitchen, small bedroom, dorm room or casual viewing area, there are a number of factors to consider in order to determine if a 32-inch television is the ideal size for the space. TVs are measured diagonally, so 32" televisions have a screen that measures 32 inches from the bottom corner to the opposite top corner. But, you’ll need to consider the overall physical dimensions of the TV — the length by height by depth measurements — to situate the television in the room. You'll also need to consider the dimensions of the TV stand you want it to sit on, unless you decide to go with a TV wall mount. As for the ideal viewing distance, perfect distance "rules" vary and personal preference is a factor, but generally it’s safe to assume that a comfortable viewing distance for a 32-inch TV is approximately five feet from the screen.
Regarding the resolution of your new television, the best 32-inch TV for you will likely be either Full HD (1080p) or regular HD (720p). Ultra-high-end 32" TVs are uncommon because, in smaller sizes, the added picture technology has only a minor impact on picture quality.
32-Inch Televisions: Other Considerations
To make the best choice of TV, 32-inch or even smaller, you'll also want to consider the kind of devices you'll be using with it. By making that determination in advance, you’ll be able to select a TV with the number of HDMI ports you’ll need. For programming, will you be incorporating one of the streaming devices you can find at BestBuy.com, or will you be relying on an HD antenna, or a cable box? Will you be adding a sound bar to upgrade the TV audio? Game console? DVD or Blu-ray player? DVR? Each may require an HDMI connection, and may require HDMI cables, too.
You might also want to add a surge protector to not only protect your TV from voltage spikes that can result from storms, lightning, or static electricity, but also to provide extra electrical outlets for other devices. After all, it only takes one power surge incident to fry a television or other device.