HELP! What Does OLED & QLED Mean?
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HELP! What Does OLED & QLED Mean?

Posted February 27th, 2023

It may seem like new technology terms continuously pop up year after year, making it harder and harder to keep up with the fast-paced changes in electronics. Two of the newest technologies to emerge in the last few years are OLED and QLED TVs. You’ve probably walked past a flashy display of televisions before with either OLED or QLED lettering proudly showcased front and center on the displays.

If you’re thinking about replacing your old TV set, it’s best that you understand exactly what OLED and QLED TV technology has to offer before making a decision. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and get settled in as we break down everything you need to know about OLED and QLED TVs.

Samsung OLED Hero Image

What Is An OLED TV?

OLED stands for "Organic Light-Emitting Diode," which simply means that each LED light behind the screen operates independently, turning on and off as needed. This allows OLED TVs to produce more accurate and precise black levels and contrast. Because of the added precision, sharpness, and sharpness of the blacks, OLEDs have better viewing angles and display more vibrant colors on screen.


• High contrast

• Deep black levels

• Thinner designs

• More energy efficient

• Vivid colors

• Better viewing angles


• Limited brightness

• Can be pricier than QLED

• More glare

• Small risk of burn-in

Samsung QLED tv

What Is A QLED TV?

QLED stands for Quantum Dot LED, meaning that there is an extra layer of nanocrystals between the LED lights and the viewing screen. QLED TVs utilize an extra layer of red and green crystals to produce more pure and saturated colors than typical LED TVs. Additionally, when the LED blue backlight combines with these crystals, it provides a whiter backlight with high-quality brightness and vibrant colors.


• Vivid colors

• High brightness levels

• Bigger range of screen sizes

• More affordable


• Not as thin as OLED

• Less convincing blacks

• More glare

• Slower pixel refresh rate


Now that you know the difference between these two technologies, you may be wondering which one is the right fit for you. While these are both great options, your ideal fit depends on your unique preferences and needs. If you are looking for a new TV that has the best picture quality, then an OLED TV would be a great match. If you are looking for a more affordable option that still offers a high quality viewing experience, then a QLED television might be a better fit.

QLEDs tend to be a better option for well lit rooms as they produce less of a glare when compared to OLEDs. On the other hand, OLEDs are a great option for in home theaters or darker rooms where rich vivid colors can come to life. Whatever you may be looking for, make sure to consider the pros and cons of both QLED and OLED technology to help you determine which style best matches your entertainment needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LED TV?

LED stands for light emitting diode, and is a flat panel LCD TV that uses these diodes as its backlight source instead of cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs).

How to clean LG OLED TV screen?

Carefully wipe your screen with a dry soft cloth. To remove any oil marks, use a non-soap synthetic solution and gently wipe away any marks with a soft cloth. This is a technique that can be used to clean any OLED or QLED TVs.

How to clean a QLED TV screen?

To clean your QLED TV screen, follow the same steps as instructed above for OLED TVs.

What is a Neo QLED TV?

A Neo QLED TV is Samsung’s unique version of mini LED display technology, first invented in 2018. This TV has a focus on the backlight to provide better contract and higher brightness levels.

What is the difference between LED and QLED TVS?

LEDs use traditional light emitting diodes that provide a mid range brightness level, are more energy efficient, and tend to be more affordable. QLEDs use quantum dot technology to provide exceptional color accuracy, high brightness, and tend to consume more energy than LED TVs.

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