In Short: Fake Refresh Rates and How TV Makers Fool You

What are fake refresh rates and do you get cheated? Apparently, yes. Entertainment has taken the center stage in our lives and that stage is occupied by our big shiny TV. On the inside, you might be fooled when you know what is happening.

Looking for a TV

We picture you as an average Joe who is browsing the internet and going to the local electronics store to find the perfect TV that fits your budget and looks great. But in your pursuit to understand the already confusing technical terminologies, you come across tailor made terms like “Clear Motion Rate”, “Picture Mastering Index” and “Motion Flow”.

Refresh Rates or Refreshed Baits?

To strip it down, all these fancy terms like “Clear Motion Rate” and the rest have been coined by the brands like Samsung, LG and other Multi-national brands. They are simply an attempt to show their brands distinctly while at the same time boasting huge numbers to startle the general consumer into buying their products. They are essentially just baits and when people research about this term, they compare these numbers to actual refresh rates and get fooled.

TV fake refresh rates

In short: Here Is What You do!

The key is to understand that most TVs that fall under the budget pricing are equipped with 60 Hz or lower and the TVs which fall under mid-range to premium range boast of a higher 100/120 Hz refresh rate and certain rare TVs boast refresh rates up to 240 Hz. In case you want to read about what refresh rates are suitable for your needs, click here.

Use the cheat sheet provided below to get a bird’s eye view to understand how these “touted” refresh rates (buzz words) translate to actual refresh rates.


So now you that you are informed, make sure you purchase the TV that has a high value for money rather than just bloated numbers. Good luck!

We had published this article on January 29, 2016 and LINUS had made a video with the similar content as written above. We are happy to have shared the same idea.