“Monitor vs. TV?” — that’s a common question asked by many people looking for a new display. As both may look wildly the same, there are many differences between the two. Both of them are made with different specifications and use cases in mind.
If you’re one of the confused individuals who don’t know whether you should get a 4K TV or a monitor, let us help you out. In this article, we talk about both of these technologies, the differences between the two displays, and which one you should get. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.
A 4K TV is a high-resolution display designed to be viewed from afar, often by mounting it on the wall or putting it on a wall bench. TVs are mostly used for viewing content, like movies and TV shows.
“4K” means the display has 4,000 vertical pixels, and it also translates to the overall resolution of the display. A TV with a higher resolution can produce a sharper image. And 4K is the industry standard for modern TVs; it’s not the highest resolution – since we have 8K now – but it is the most widely accepted resolution these days.
A 4K TV might have an LED display or a QLED one. A QLED 4K TV is better than an LED one because it’s a better, more high-end technology. A QLED display creates a quantum dot filtering layer between the backlight and LEDs, giving much sharper colors. When QLED is combined with Mini LED technologies on the 4K TV, there will be the highest contrast ratio, deeper dark, and brighter bright.
A monitor is meant to be put on a desk and viewed from close distances. As you’re looking for something to be mounted on a wall or put on a wall bench, a monitor may not be an ideal fit for you. Monitors aren’t meant to provide the best watching experience from a couch; instead, they’re devices that must be connected with computer peripherals.
Monitors have specific features that make them good for usage on the desk. For instance, they have low input lag, meaning when you use them with a mouse and keyboard, they display your input with minimum latency. They often have larger bezels than 4K TVs simply because they aren’t designed to be that immersive.
A monitor can also have a 4K resolution, translating to high-quality sharpness and watching experience. Furthermore, they also come in QLED and LED technologies, LED being the inferior option and QLED being the superior one. However, QLED monitors are usually very overpriced with fewer functions; therefore, it is not suitable for other use except for gaming.
There are many visible and under-the-hood changes between the two display types. Here are the top differences you should be aware of.
First and foremost, 4K TVs usually come in larger display sizes. As TVs are meant to be put on the walls in the living room and watched from afar, they come with larger displays. On the other hand, Monitors are comparatively smaller in display size and may not be that ideal for content consumption. We highly recommend getting a high-quality 4K TV if you want a display for consuming media.
Monitors are meant to be complimentary display devices for computers. That’s why they come with features like several input ports. Due to the built-in extra hardware, they often have thicker black bars on the sides of the display, which essentially means they have “thicker bezels”.
While bezels don’t have any functional disadvantages, they can certainly hinder you from getting an immersive watching experience. For the best content consumption experience possible, you should get a 4K TV with minimal bezels.
Both the display types come in various resolutions. 1080p, known as Full HD, and 4K, also known as Ultra HD, are available on both types. However, monitors also come in an in-between resolution called Quad HD, which translates to 1440p.
For the best watching experience, it’s recommended to get a 4K TV from a reputed brand, like TCL. 1080p resolution displays may not suffice in today’s modern era.
A display can refresh the images displayed on it at various rates. When the images are changed rapidly, things on the screen appear to be moving, and that’s what is called video playback. Displays can refresh at varying refresh rates, and the most widely accepted industry standard is 60Hz, where Hz is the unit to measure refresh rate.
Monitors come in high refresh rate options for gamers; 120hz and 144Hz are the most common. However, you don’t need a high refresh rate monitor for watching video content because all the content you watch on your TV comes at about 24 or 30 frames per second, so all the additional refresh rate is a waste. Hence, buying a high refresh rate monitor may not be suitable for you, especially if you don’t want to play games on it. However, if the 4K TV you buy has a high refresh rate, it’s a huge plus point because you can use it for smoother gaming.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, a 4K TV is the better option for content consumption, movie watching, and media. Luckily, there are some amazing 4K TCL TVs you can choose from.
The TCL 4K TV P735 is a popular version that may fit most people’s needs. It’s got an awesome 4K HDR display and has smart controls, meaning you can use Google Assistant with your voice on it.
Last but not least, the new-launch TCL Mini LED 4K C935 is another super high-end 4K TV that comes with a high refresh rate panel and HDR10+ support, which means it has the most accurate colors of any TV technology on the market.
Founded in 1981, TCL is one of the fastest-growing consumer electronics brands on the planet. Our products sell in more than 160 markets across the planet, giving us the authority to manufacture and supply some of the best 4K TVs globally. Furthermore, we have a gigantic R&D department where we’re always trying to improve our technology and make our products better for the consumers. To feel our cutting-edge TV technologies, check out TCL 4K TVs now!