A TV and a computer monitor are both screens that may perform similar functions, but wouldn’t you want to invest in something that delivers exactly what you need? The fact is, while each device can do the same function as the other, TVs and computer monitors have their own features that set them apart.
To decide between the two, you need to understand their differences and features. You also need to understand what your needs and preferences are to be able to choose what really matches. Overall, you can find a TV and a monitor with a high-definition display, which is what you need for gaming and for watching movies. The differences lie in the price, functionality, and size.
TV vs Monitor - The Debate!
Factor #1: Size
When it comes to size, TVs are, without a doubt, the winner. You can find models between 19 and 85 inches, and even larger. They mostly have a 16:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, monitors are available from 15 to 50 inches.
The reason for the limited sizes of computer monitors is simply that ordinary work desks will not have enough space for bigger screens. On the other hand, TVs can be mounted directly on the wall or on low boards that have significantly more space.
One important factor when choosing based on size is the aspect ratio (which is the ratio between the height and width of the screen). HDTVs can be limited, offering the standard 16:9 widescreen ratio. Monitors, however, need to be more flexible and offer more variety, so narrower or wider monitors are available.
Factor #2: Ports
Simply put, TVs have a bigger advantage because they normally have more ports like HDMI, VGA, USB, DVI, and coaxial. When needed, it can also be expanded. Monitors may have similar options, but they have fewer ports, in general. But the advantage is that it can be expandable with the use of adaptors and bridges.
These ports (VGA, DVI, USB, and HDMI) provide most of your needs. The HDMI can connect a computer with a TV or monitor, while a USB supports devices like Chromecast. VGA and DVI are standard ports when it comes to monitors and TVs to connect a computer as well.
However, TVs offer a coaxial cable and a port for an antenna, which computer monitors do not have. In this aspect, TVs are the clear winner, when it comes to number and variety.
Factor #3: Price
Let’s face it, price is a huge factor when it comes to deciding what to buy. The good news is, you can find options for every budget. TVs can be, in general, more expensive, costing as much as $50,000. But if you do not have much money to spare, you can find them for $100, too. A monitor, on the other hand, will cost you at least a couple of hundred to a few thousands of dollars.
The price differences lie in how big the model is and what features they offer. You might also find differences in the resolution, the type of screen, and the inputs available. There are kinds of screens, like OLED, that are available in TVs but not on computer monitors, which is a factor in the price difference.
If you have the cash to invest in the best model out there, then a TV will have more options. However, if you want a fancy monitor that already offers a lot, you can expect it to be cheaper than a top-end TV.
Factor #4: Screen Resolution and Type
In a nutshell, both TVs and computer monitors have resolutions of up to 8k. The differences lie in the screen types. TVs are available in LCD, LED, OLED, and QLED while monitors have LCD, LED, and IPS. Monitors have resolutions of 1366x768 or 1920x1080 pixels, which can match TV models’ pixel density. While both will support resolutions of up to 7680x4320 but the higher the count, the more expensive it will be.
QLED is only available in TVs, which can light every pixel on the screen independently (like OLED). LED and LCD, on the other hand, rely on a backlight to light up the whole screen all at once. If you are specifically looking for OLED or QLED technology, then you can only find it in TVs.
Have you made up your mind yet on which one to buy? The choice is really not easy. Are you looking for something for gaming or for watching cable or other online streaming services with the whole family? If you are just looking for something for the usual video calling and internet browsing, then you might not need the newest technology.
It is best if you know what kind of ports you need. If you have a laptop you want to connect, then start off with what you have. Think about what else you want to connect and make sure all these ports are supported by the screen you end up buying. You also need to count exactly how many of these ports you need, so if you want to plug in a PlayStation, a Blu-ray player, use it as a monitor for your online gaming and others, make sure you have several ports available.
If you are looking for something for the whole family to use for film nights, then you know that a monitor might not be big enough for the job, so you are better off getting a nice, big-screen TV.
For something that can serve different purposes, you might still find a TV more flexible and capable of meeting your needs. Plus, there are tons of brands and models out there to choose from based on your budget. For the same price, you can get something bigger or something with a better resolution.
But if you are the type to spend hours on your computer, then a monitor is better suited for you. A larger TV can be uncomfortable for a long time, and unless you are sitting a few feet away, you do not really need something too large.
Originally posted 2020-05-24 21:39:11.