Upgrading bedroom tech

This week I have, after seven long years, finally paid off my car loan. Since I began working full time 22 years ago this is only the second time I’ve achieved this, though last time I quickly ran out and upgraded my car within months, I’ll be waiting a number of years before doing so this time.

With having paid the car off I am now hundreds per fortnight better off, or rather is restored to my wallet, thus I began looking at what I might want to do in the short term. The first thing I did was replace my IKEA chest of drawers, these cheap and nasty drawers were not good, their flimsy bottoms were not holding in place, and the bottom drawer I cannot even close now. I have a wonderful dresser with mirror arriving Monday to replace this, probably 50 percent bigger than current capacity, and so badly needed; I have so much clothing (see shopaholic) I frequently run out of space.

In purchasing the dresser my existing full HD television was going to become difficult to view as the dresser was one course lower (21cm shorter). The television being just 32 inches and having a small stand would be awkward to view. I had also wanted to investigate upgrading myself to a smart TV in the bedroom, and 4K as I already had in the living room. Checking online I discovered Samsung offered a 43 inch 4K screen that provided HDR and supported Apple’s Airplay 2 technology. Though I could pay $100 extra for 50 inch, I felt for the bedroom it was just too big.

I headed to The Good Guys this afternoon and purchased my new television, the Samsung RU7100.

Watching Season 6 of Vikings

Already having a Samsung 4K tv from a few years ago it is easy to compare like for like. My older set is a curve TV and has some advantages over this cheaper TV, namely viewing angle. Another, it’s remote control I think is far better, it has a pointer-based remote as well as the ability to use directional navigation, my new TVs remote is only navigational and this makes for entry of passwords a lot slower as well as navigation within things like Netflix and other streaming services.

Where I think my new TV legs it over the older is in the guide. The older TV has an average guide that when you jump to another page it was rather slow to update, this new TV is much better plus the design is far more pleasing to the eye. The new remote does provide support for Freeview, something the older never did, and the older TV wasn’t great supporting this either. I noticed I could set favourite shows and reminders, that’s cool.

Now to get rid of the old Sony Bravia tv and IKEA drawers.

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