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Plasma vs LED: Thickness and Weight

Updated Dec 09, 2013 By Cedric Demers

Thickness

Thickness of LCD, lED and Plasma compared

On average, an edge-lit LED TV is the thinnest, with only 1.8". Plasmas are not so bad anymore, about 2.5" deep in average.

Lower end LED TVs are thicker than higher end ones. They are usually direct-lit which increase significantly the thickness.
plasma vs led tv thickness

Thickness is mostly for the appearance and impressing your friends. A very slim television looks a lot better in your living room than a bulky one. It is also easier to mount on the wall, because it will be closer to the wall.

You should not base your buying decision on only this factor, unless the esthetic of your television is very important to you and how it fits into your room. Consider the thinness a bonus if you are buying an LED TV.

Winner: LED

Weight

plasma vs led tv weight
The chart shows the average weight without stand of 2013 plasmas and LED HDTVs, by size.

A plasma television is heavy. Each cell of gas representing a color of a pixel have its own chamber, between two panels of glass. The glass must be strong due to the difference of pressure between the ambient air and the gas chamber. An LCD screen is lighter because it does not need panels of glass, it can be just plastic.

Like the thickness, the weight of the television should not be a main factor when choosing your television. However, a lighter TV means an easier time moving it around or hanging it on the wall. The lighter it is, the less likely you will break it.

Winner: LED
Best 32 inch LED TV Best 40-42 inch LED TV Best 46-47 inch LED TV Best 50 inch LED TV Best 55 inch LED TV Best 60 inch LED TV

Questions

Nov 25 2012
Do you need to buy a specific TV wall mount bracket for a Plasma TV, or are they universals for both Plasma and LED?
Most TV wall brackets will support both of them. You will just need to verify that the load capacity of the wall mount TV bracket is more than the weight without stand of the TV that you are planning to buy. If it is strong enough, it does not matter if it is a Plasma or an LED TV.
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