A 'class' TV is not quite the screen size you think
If you've been shopping for a TV lately, you may have noticed the word "class" is included in a lot of product descriptions. For example, some models are described as being "55-inch class" TVs.
Does that mean the TV is a classic? Or that it's in a class by itself?
No, it simply means you are not quite getting the advertised size. A lot of TVs that want to be considered in the "class" of a certain size are actually not quite that big. But not to worry, it's usually just by a few tenths of inches.
So why do the manufacturers feel they have to say "class" over such a tiny difference? "So we don't get sued," said one company executive, who didn't want to be identified.
But this can work in your favor. A current Sharp LCD model advertised as "46-inch class" has an actual diagonal screen size of 46-63/64-inches, according to specifications on the site.
Who says you can't get more than what you pay for?
-- David Colker