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We have advanced in the age of technology! We bought a Smart TV!
Jeanette asked me what I would like for my birthday, now just passed. I suggested a new television.
Our set was about 15 years old and, though it worked, it was a behemoth and the picture was not nearly as sharp as the sets today. So . . . we took a tour through Costco, Best Buy and BrandsMart.
There is a lot of choice out there! But we honed in on sets with a 45″ screen. We have a piece of furniture we use that cannot accommodate a larger screen. I’ll talk about that later. We were fine with the size. There are just the two of us and we don’t need a theater. The sets we saw ran in the $300-$500 range.
After several days we decided to go ahead and get a set. As we neared the TV section of the store, a salesman, Owen, attached himself to us and started a dialog. He was actually pretty good except he talked loud and fast. Jeanette several times stepped away because he was giving her a head ache.
As our experience unfolded we came to know we had a dumb TV. It would only do TV kinds of things, like show a program. Furthermore, the sets we were considering were dumb! Nicer looking, less heavy, but dumb!
The new TVs are Smart. They are wireless; they can surf the web; they have Skype so you can use them as a phone; they have Netflix so movies are unlimited; you can actually watch TV programs on them; and much more.
Our guy, Owen, convinced us Smart was smart.
We inquired about a set that was about $600. Well, that was not smart. It had the old style processor which was slow and with the LED technology produced choppy pictures when there was fast action. Owen showed us the smartest Smart choice. It was three times as fast as the machine we were asking about. And, it was on sale: $1700.
“Owen”, I said, “That is a little too fast for us. “
So we came to the second best smart choice; twice as fast as the machine we were asking about and two-thirds as fast as the smartest. . . $730.
“Well, OK Owen”, I said, “but I have a question. Can the set pull up a weak wireless signal? Our wireless modem is on the opposite side of the house from the TV room and I know my I-Pad doesn’t get wireless in that room.”
Owen got a guy from the computer area to come over and talk with me. It was decided I needed a WI-FI Range extender. $70.
I asked Owen what was involved with connecting the TV with AT&T U-verse, the service we use. Easy. Just plug the TV into the U-verse box with HDMI cable, not included: $50.
You have the picture. Nevertheless, we went ahead and bought our Smart TV.
The next issue of course was to set it up. After fumbling around I got the WI-FI
Range extender operating. That is a good thing. I can now use the I-Pad in that room.
Setting up the TV was more of an issue. The set is housed in this mammoth unit. Jeanette and I agree that we should never have purchased this thing. That was dumb. Where do you suppose the electric outlets are on the wall? Why, yes, they are right behind the wall unit.
After unloading the stuff on the shelves, it took all my strength to pull the piece away from the wall so I could reach the electric outlet.
I had some friends who are more familiar with electronics come over to help me set it up. It probably was not necessary but I felt better. The last thing was to call AT & T and have the technician program the U-verse remote to work with the unit. We were up and running.
After all was done, with the extended warranty, of course, and the sales tax, the $300-$500 TV came in at about $1,100.
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