Best TVs For PC Monitors - Spring 2017

PC monitors and TVs aren't very different from one another and they tend to use the same connections. The biggest difference between the two is the inclusion of a sound system and TV tuner. Monitors are designed for that specific use, so if you're looking to get a TV to use as a PC monitor, the biggest things to consider are the TV's supported resolutions, its ability to display chroma 4:4:4 and the width of its viewing angle. Some TVs even allow for a 120hz input, which is excellent for PC gaming. Here are our recommendations for the best TVs to use as PC monitors.

Best TV to use as a PC monitor (40"- 43")

Unfortunately, smaller TVs are becoming a bit rare. It is especially the case for TVs that make good PC monitors, so the choice is a bit limited. 

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The best small TV to use as a PC monitor we've tested is the Sony XBR43X800D 4k TV. It can display chroma 4:4:4 correctly, so text is clear and without any visible artifacts. 

Input lag is pretty good, and the X800D has little motion blur: moving windows around doesn't leave an ugly smear. It has some shortcomings. Its viewing angles are quite narrow since it uses a VA-type panel. It also doesn't support a 120hz input, but that's a minor downside.Overall though, this Sony TV should work well as a PC monitor.

See our review

Best TV to use as a PC monitor (Large)

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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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55" 65" 75" 85"

For something bigger, look for the Sony X850D 4k IPS TV. It doesn't have the picture quality of an OLED, but it has many features that make it very suitable to use as a PC monitor.

No TV beats this one for PC gaming since it supports 1080p @ 120fps. That mode isn't perfect since it shows some very minor banding, but that can be reduced by using the graphics picture mode. Motion blur is great, and chroma 4:4:4 is supported in both important resolutions. Input lag isn't bad either, and the X850D sports a very wide viewing angle.

See our review


55" 65"

If picture quality is most important to you, get the LG B6 OLED TV. Mostly thanks to its use of OLED technology, it produces the best picture quality available today.

While the B6 supports 4k @ 60hz @ Chroma 4:4:4, it doesn't have the 1080p @ 120fps of the X850D. Its input lag is slightly lower, though. Its biggest issue, when used as a PC monitor, is image retention. As seen in our video review, the LG B6 will retain pictures that remained static for a few minutes. It's not a big issue when watching content such as movies and TV shows.

See our review

Best budget TV to use as a PC monitor (Large)

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If you’re looking for a large PC monitor that doesn’t break the bank, look for the Sony XBR65X750D 4k LED TV. It performs very similarly to our top pick for a bit less money.

At 65 inches, it's very big compared to the average monitor. It has one of the widest viewing angles found in an LED TV, which is very useful when sitting up close. It also supports much like the X850D a 120fps input, making it an excellent choice for PC gaming. Chroma 4:4:4 is also fully supported, so no issues with text. This is the go-to large PC monitor since it isn't too expensive and has all the features needed. For something smaller, get the X700D instead. It's essentially the same as the X750D but without the 120hz input.

See our review

What is Chroma 4:4:4?

Every pixel in a screen is sent a brightness value, which tells it how bright or dark it should be. There is also a color value that is sent, which tells the pixel which color to be.

A common method of compressing a file is to make groups of pixels share color, or chroma, data. This reduces the size of a file significantly, and with most video, the difference in quality is minimal.

This type of compression, though, doesn’t look great on a computer monitor. In particular, the lack of specificity that you get by making pixels share chroma values leads to blurry text. That’s why, especially for productivity purposes, it’s desirable to have a TV capable of chroma 4:4:4, which is uncompressed.

Samsung UN55JU7100 4k @ 60Hz under PC mode
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Samsung UN55JU7100 4k @ 30Hz outside PC mode
Chroma 4:2:2
Samsung UN55JU7100 4k @ 60Hz outside PC mode
Chroma 4:2:0

Above, you can see images illustrating three levels of compression. You can see that from 4:4:4 (uncompressed) to 4:2:2 (compressed a bit), there is a bit of a loss of specificity in the lower text - it's not quite as sharp as with 4:4:4. It’s an even more noticeable drop in quality when you’re looking at 4:2:0 (the typical level of compression). Again, this is only really important for text. It’s very hard to spot this compression with normal footage.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to use as a PC monitor for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:

  • LG E6. Exceptional TV, but the LG B6 is a very close performer for quite a lot cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung KS8000. Best in class image quality and great input lag, but a larger viewing angle and better resolution support gave the edge to the Sony X850D. See our review
  • Sony X900E. Good PC monitor, but the X850D is cheaper and performs better. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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Can you update the list with TVs that support Display Port?
We haven't reviewed any TVs with Display Port.
Hi I'm looking at the 40" JU7100 to possibly use as a second monitor for my 6-core Mac Pro. It has dual AMD D500 GPUs with 3GB memory each. Is it going to be able to run 4:4:4 at 60 fps? How will it look overall?

Updated answer 2017/02/13: A PC with an HDMI 2.0 port can output 4K @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 to a TV without an adapter. A PC with a DisplayPort 1.2 port can output 4K @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 to a TV by using a DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapter. HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.0 ports can both output 4K @ 24 Hz @ 4:4:4 and 1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4.

Your Mac Pro has an HDMI 1.4 port and six Thunderbolt 2 ports that can output DisplayPort 1.2. You can use an adapter on one of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports to output 4K @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 to a TV.

Note about adapters: Many adapters marketed as DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 cannot actually output the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0 and so cannot be used to output 4K @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 to a TV. We have had success with the Club3D CAC-1070 adapter.

I can't thank you enough for this list. You have saved me loads of time doing mind-numbing research. :)
One thing I would like to point out is that there are a few Korean companies that have slapped on a custom-made controller board on 4K LG IPS models - and possibly TN panels for other major brands - that can take in DisplayPort 1.2 signals that do 4k chroma 4:4:4 @ 60 hz as well. If you do search on eBay or YouTube you will see them. Just FYI for people who have laptops that have cards like the 970M with display port 1.2.

That sounds interesting. Would you be able to email us a link to one of the listings or videos?
Thanks for sharing!

Update: One of our visitor pointed out to the 'Wasabi Mango' and 'Crossover 404K' Korean TV/Monitor.

I see very many large screen TV's reviewed for use as a PC monitor, but not much in the 40"-43" size range, especially side-by-side (these are ideal for a 2 monitor setup, & what I'm hoping to do). Any chance you can do a feature, or at the very least list the 4K TV's in that size range, capable of Chroma 4:4:4 so those of us that are considering this type of setup can do a comparison? I'm guessing that others would be grateful for a comprehensive list for that range as well. Thanks!
We probably won't have time to do a separate article, but in this size range, you don't have a lot of choices:

If you care more about contrast, the Samsung UN40JU7500 is the best choice. If you want a good viewing angle (so the corners don't fade out when sitting close for a PC monitor), then the Sony XBR43X830C.

Anyone you can review the Hisense H8 for a PC monitor?
We currently have no plan to review the Hisense TV for now, but if there are many requests then it is possible.
I checked out your site, but I cannot find any info on this budget friendly Toshiba 43L621U being sold at Best Buy. Please see if you can do a review.
Unfortunately we don't have any plans to review that model at the moment, as there is not sufficient demand.
What about PWM flicker? Is it safe to assume all these panels are (almost) flicker-free?
Only Sony's TVs and LG's OLED models don't flicker. The rest all do. We test for it in every reviews. Click the backlight picture under the motion blur section in a review, and you will see how the backlight behaves at different luminosity.
Love the new "By Usage" section. Can you add "Input Lag in PC mode" to the PC Monitor section and label the Input Lag currently listed as "Input Lag in Gaming Mode"? It would be handy if available sizes were listed as well if possible.
Do you recommend switching between gaming mode and PC mode when gaming or using the desktop?
What is the difference between Input Lag and Response time?
Listing the input lag in PC mode is a great suggestion. We'll think about how best to add that in a way that works for all brands , and likely add something along those lines relatively soon.
If you really want the absolute lowest input lag for gaming, then yes, it would be good to switch back and forth. You might first want to try using PC mode for gaming and seeing if the higher input lag bothers you.
Input lag refers to the amount of delay there is between an input made on a game controller, mouse, etc, and the corresponding reaction onscreen, whereas response time refers to how much time it takes for a pixel to change colors.
Many people already have computers capable of outputting a 4k signal @ 60 hz via display port, but not HDMI. I have read in a lot of places that an "active" display port to HDMI 2.0 adapter supporting 4k @ 60 hz will be available soon, but I have not found one yet. Do you have any knowledge of such a device?
Update: There are now a few adapters available, such as the one found here.
First of all, I'd like to say thank you for such an informative site. My question is, how good are 4K TVs for doing photo editing with Photoshop or Lightroom?
I'm very interested in purchasing the Samsung UN40JU7500 for this purpose or possibly the JS9000. I have the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card that supports 4K with HDMI 2.0. Is there anything else I should be concerned about with one of these TVs (which one would be best), or should I just try to find an equivalent 4K monitor?
There will be some discoloration in the corners, which is likely not ideal for your work. If that doesn't bother you, then either one will work well, so it's really down to what you want to spend. Just be sure to get a full calibration (with color correction) done, so that the photos look correct.
Like so many others have said, you have done an AMAZING job on this site. It is eons superior to other review sites. Spectacular job. What an amazing resource. I can't believe I didn't find it until just recently. I'm sure there are ridiculous numbers of various TV models to review out there, but I was wondering if you had any plans in the near future to check out LG's UH5500 line. At the very least, do you know if it supports 4k @ 60Hz, and also 4:4:4 chroma? And where do you guys find the detailed specs (such as this one)? I've looked all over LG's site and I can't find anything. Or do you just have to determine it yourself by testing? Thank you!
At the moment we do not have plans to review the UH5500, but may do if there are more requests. It is likely to support 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 as all of the 4k LG TVs we have tested support this. Enable 'HDMI ULTRA Deep Color' and change the input icon to 'PC'. All of the specs are determined by testing.
Update: It does indeed support it, confirmed by the visitor that originally asked the question and bought it.
Why is the Sony X850C rated "Best TV for 1080p @ 120 FPS", when the Vizio P Series has a higher overall rating?
The Vizio P-series is not currently sold directly by Amazon, and it is also not listed by Best Buy. This is almost definitely because a new version will be released in the autumn. The X850C is easier to find, so we decided to list it instead.
Since you have now reviewed the JU7500, would you still recommend the JS8500 for a PC monitor over the JU7500? I use my computer for virtually everything on a 42" plasma (and have for many years). I intend to get one of these two TVs and will use it heavily for gaming and for watching movies (mostly 4k movies at some point, once the tech catches up). I see the input lag difference in PC mode for the two TVs is pretty much negligible. So, I'm just curious as to whether your recommendation remains unchanged?
For gaming, the JU7500 is a bit better, as it has very, very little blur. Go for the JU7500.
There are quite a few DP to HDMI adapters out there, this I'm sure we'll agree on, but they do not support 444 subsampling. This model does.
For under $30, it seems worth adding to your article as an update at the very top, where people will see it before they read the whole article (HINT HINT!). Here's an Amazon link.
Thanks for sharing! We just got one of those adapters into the office. We'll check it out and then post an update to the PC article once we can verify its capabilities for ourselves.
How about the new line of Vizio TVs featured on amazon such as the VIZIO M43-C1 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDTV with Clear Action 360 w/ 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate?
Check our review of the M Series. They are good, but don't have chroma 4:4:4 which means the text will be blurry when using it as a computer monitor in 4k.
Your site is brilliant, informative and the best I have ever seen for making comparisons among TV models. I'm wondering if it is possible to run a 4K display at a lower resolution (such as 1920x1080) using a computer whose graphics card does not support full UHD.
I'd like to buy a 40" 4K TV for my OPPO Blu-ray player, as well as streaming Amazon Instant Video and Netflix, plus it would be great if I could also use the TV as a computer monitor. I live in a "tiny home" with no room for multiple screens, and though my computer isn't new enough to output 3840x2160 resolution, I'd hate to replace it, because otherwise it is still performing admirably.
Is there a chance that my desktop would "play nice" with a 4K TV like the Sony XBR43X830C, utilizing a lower resolution? The image needn't be beauteous, just functional. Thanks for your help.
Yes, a 4k TV can receive and display a lower-resolution signal.
Thanks for the great summary. I'm looking at the 40-43" range and now that CES 2016 has concluded, would you be able to update the list with newer TV models? I see Hisense and Sharp have some inexpensive 4k TVs coming out.
We will only be able to start updating the list once we have reviewed a few of the 2016 models, so likely sometime in May or June.
I appreciate the depth, objectivity, and quality of the information, particularly regarding the use of a TV as a monitor.
I still am lacking the answer to a fundamental question. If I don't care about the TV or gaming features of a TV as a monitor, but just want a bigger monitor that does 3840x2160 @60 hz with 4:4:4, dollar for dollar, am I better off getting a large monitor or a TV?
I am finding the choices of monitors that achieve these specs and that are over 32" to be sparse. The only one I have found in the sub-$1500 price range is the Philips BDM4065UC. Do have any information comparing monitors to TVs as monitors? Do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
For your uses, you won't really see any difference in terms of picture quality. The main downside of TVs is that they don't support DisplayPort, and it's much more common for a PC to be able to output 4k @ 60 hz @ 4:4:4 via DisplayPort than it is for them to do so via HDMI.
If you're sure your computer's graphics card can output 4k @ 4:4:4 via HDMI (we list models that do at the bottom of the article), you'll be fine with a TV. If your card can't, but has DisplayPort, you should get a monitor instead.
Just as an FYI, the Geforce GTX 950 also supports 4:4:4 chroma. It, along with the GTX 960, also supports HDCP 2.2 and full hardware decoding of UHD codecs, while the GTX 970 and up do not. They support 4K @ 60Hz w/4:4:4 chroma, but not the HDCP 2.2 and UHD hardware decoding (gaming GPU vs. HTPC GPU). Anyway, great site, and just thought you guys should know!
Thanks! That's very helpful.
In deciding between the two high end TV's, the LG EF9500 and Samsung KS8000, I'm wondering if the judder at 24p at 60p is an issue with the EF9500. For this reason would it be better to choose the KS8000 to avoid the juddering while using a PC for video playback as it is judder free?
Not everyone is sensitive to judder but for those that are, this may be an issue. Note this only occurs when watching movies (which are filmed in 24p) and using a PC. The EF9500 does provide better picture quality and motion performance so for anyone who is not sensitive to judder (or the premium price) the EF9500 is a better pick. Note that as it is an OLED, static images on the PC may suffer from temporary image retention however this disappears after a few minutes of normal content.
"We'll think about how best to add that in a way that works for all brands , and likely add something along those lines relatively soon." It has been over a year, but I still don't see a column for "Input lag in 4:4:4 PC mode" :( This is one of the most critical elements for people who use large format 4k displays for task work. Please add it, we aren't all gamers here!
Thanks for the reminder. On most reviews this year we have been including a measurement of the input lag in PC mode, but only as text in the 'Supported Resolutions' box. In the future we do want to include it as an official test, because it is very relevant for PC use. We hope to do so in the next couple of months.
This site is an invaluable resource for displays. Thanks for all your hard work! If you had to choose between the 43 inch X800D and X830C as a PC monitor (mostly for work with occasional gaming), which would you pick? The price delta between the two is about US$50; is the Triluminous display on the 800D worth the difference?
For a PC monitor, we always recommend using a IPS TV because at close range, the better viewing angle is much more important. In that case the Sony X830C would be a better choice because it is an IPS TV. The 'Triluminous' display will not be that important for a monitor use, since it is only useful when viewing HDR content that use the wide color gamut option.
Hi Guys, I just took delivery of a SONY 40 inch TV you highly rated for gaming. Boy is it cool. Great immersion factor. I have a question: In the past I have always left my computer monitor on all the time without damage. Now that I am using a LCD television do I leave the TV on all the time or, turn it off when I turn off the computer? Does turning the TV on and off cause more/less damage than the same to a computer monitor?

Most TVs don't go into standby when there is no signal like monitors do. As such, it is better to turn it off with your computer. We don't know how much damage this is likely to cause (if any) but consumer TVs aren't designed to be left on all the time.

CEC is used by TVs and home theater devices to turn off all of the connected devices when you turn off your game console or TV, as an example. Although most PCs don't support CEC, it is possible to buy a box such as this to send a CEC signal to your TV from your PC. As such, you can automate turning them both off at the same time.

Yeah, this site is amazing thank you! Beautifully and intuitively laid out. A few questions:
-- Would you expect input lag to decrease/increase/stay the same if using a display port 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapter coming out later this year?
-- What method are you using to measure input lag, and is there a way to do it without expensive equipment?
-- How does your site make money? I'd like to support it in some way.
It might increase slightly, but we doubt it would be a significant difference.
We use a Leo Bodnar Input Lag Tester. You can also do it yourself for cheaper by using the process outlined at the bottom of this article.
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I have a Dell Precision M3800 laptop with an NVidia K1100m graphics card driving the UHD display on the screen. I want to be sure the TV I buy can support 4k @ 60 hz @ chroma 4:4:4 over either DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0. There are virtually no UHD TVs with DisplayPort. You have listed only the GTX series supporting HDMI but no K-series. Did you check out or consider the K series?
That one won't be able to do 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 unfortunately. It has only been less than a year since HDMI 2.0 is out, which is why it hasn't reach mobile graphic cards yet.
The JU7500 has significantly less lag in PC mode 4:4:4 60fps than the JS9000. So why is the JS9000 ranked higher for PC use? Does this rank order apply to PC gaming use as well (vs PC text use)? Thanks.
It's just because the overall picture/feature set is better overall. The JU7500 is indeed a better option for PC gaming.
Is there a non-curved variant you'd recommend comparative to the ju7500? Thanks!
Sure. Take a look at the Samsung JU7100. It is very close to the JU7500 as far as picture quality and it has a flat screen.
Hello, would you still recommend Vizio D50u-D1 over the M50-C1 (2015 model)? Both are the same price.
The D50U-D1 has better motion blur and input lag, but it's close. Both TVs have a native 60Hz panel. The M Series 2015 has slightly better uniformity and picture quality when viewed at an angle. The D Series 4k 2016 is a slightly better pick, as generally for a PC monitor the motion blur and input lag is most noticeable.
Neither of your best budget TVs for a PC monitor is available any more (Sony 810c 65" you did not recommend, only 55" due to its high contrast ratio). Any other (better) recommendation?
Thank you for pointing this out, however we do recommend the Sony X810C, even in 65". It has an IPS panel, so as you have said the contrast ratio isn't as high but the picture quality remains better then viewed at an angle. Another good option for a 65" PC monitor is the Samsung KU6300, available for a similar price. The Sony X810C is a better pick however, due to the great motion handling.
You mention that with the UN40JU7500, "You get 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 capability" and go on that "The flat equivalent, the Samsung UN40JU7100, is similar, but has a bit more blur and input lag." However, I don't think the UN40JU7100 can output 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4; I am currently only able to get: 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:2:0 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4 looks great but is quite clunky to use.
Ensure you turn on 'UHD Color' for the input in the picture options. You also need a HDMI 2.0 graphics card (usually only less than 2 years old).
Is the 43X830C still recommended over the 43X800D as of Oct 2016?
That's correct, the IPS displays generally perform better as a PC monitor because the picture quality is retained better when viewed at an angle.
So I went into my Denon 7200wa and enabled IP scaler to Auto instead of off, and now when I hit source on my Samsung JS9000 it says 3840x2160 UHD instead of just 1920x1080 HD.
I then went to General>Info in the Denon and under video HDMI source info it says 1080p/24 YCBR 4:4:4 12bit, and then 4K/24 YCBR 4:2:0 8bit. This is obviously source dependent, and I was watching a Blu-ray.
It's different when I'm watching Comcast, but I guess my question is, should I turn off IP Scaler?
It's cool to see the UHD logo when I hit source on the JS9000, but am I hurting my picture quality?
It depends on how good the IP Scaler is. If it's equal to or better than the Samsung TV's built-in upscaling, then you're not hurting anything. You're just letting the Denon do the upscaling.
If it's weaker, though, then yes, you're hurting picture quality. We don't know how good the Denon is at upscaling, but the JS9000 does a good job on its own. For a safe choice and good picture guaranteed, don't use the Denon's scaler.
On the Sony and Vizio TVs that support 1080p/120hz and 4K upscaling, what happens when you give the TV a 120hz 1080p signal from a PC? Does it upscale to 4k and keep the 120hz as well?
Yes, but upscaling doesn't improve the picture quality. It will look about the same as on a 1080p TV.
Is there a TV yet that can actually do true 4096 x 2160, without scaling? My Sony will do it, but trims off the edges - you can't get to the sides.
Some monitors and projectors can do this, but we don't know of any TVs that can.
I have a Sony x810c, which is stated here to support "1080p@120Hz". I think your info has also said this TV has a 120Hz native refresh rate. Questions:

1) If I am playing a PC game where the frame rate varies, say, between 70-90 fps (vsync is off), is the TV still running at 120 Hz refresh rate?

2) Can you set the TV's refresh rate to something else? For ex. 60 Hz?

3) You only mention 120 Hz for 1080p, what is the refresh rate if playing a PC game at 4k?

Thank you!

The TV is always running at 120Hz (you can't change that). It will be able to show every frames of games running lower than 120fps to a maximum of 120fps if incoming signal is of 1080p @ 120Hz. 4k @ 120Hz is too demanding for the TV. In 4k, you can only go as high as 60Hz.
Didn't the 'best PC monitor' section used to show which TVs were capable of accepting a true 120hz signal over HDMI? Can you please restore that information to the chart? I'm only shopping for sets which support that feature. Thanks!
Thank you for the feedback. We have updated the table to include 120Hz signal support.
There is no R9 400 series, but there is the RX series of video cards. (RX 4/60/70/80) If the displayport version is high enough, an active adapter can be used. I have one for my Mac, which has a GTX750m.
Thank you for pointing this out, you're right on both points. The question has been updated.
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