PC monitors and TVs are close relatives. Usually, they differ in design, image processing capabilities, and connectivity. TVs usually have more advanced image processing capabilities than monitors and come equipped with TV tuners and integrated speakers, whereas monitors usually have DisplayPort connections that TVs still lack.
Most TVs offer a PC Mode option, which removes the extra image processing and ensures the lowest possible input lag. The most important things to take into consideration when choosing a TV for PC monitor usage are the TV's supported resolutions, the ability to display chroma 4:4:4, and the viewing angles that can cause uniformity issues when sitting close to the screen. You'll want to get an LED TV to use as a PC monitor since OLED TVs have the risk of permanent burn-in.
We've tested more than 90 TVs in the last two years and here are our recommendations for the best TVs to use as a PC monitor. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best LED TVs, and the best HDR TVs.
The best TV for computer monitor use with a 43-inch screen is the Sony XBR43X800H. It's a decent overall TV with great performance as a PC monitor, and it won't cost you a fortune. Note that the 43 inch model has a more narrow stand compared to the 55 inch model we reviewed, but there's still enough space to put stuff in front of it.
This TV has an IPS panel with really wide viewing angles, ideal for sharing your screen with others or if you sit close to the screen. If you use it in a bright room, it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has decent reflection handling. It displays chroma 4:4:4 on either 'Game' or 'Graphics' picture modes and the input lag is extremely low. Fast-moving content looks smooth as it has a good response time, but even though it has a black frame insertion to clear up motion blur, it only flickers at 120Hz, which could create some duplication in motion.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so it's not ideal to use in a dark room. The 43 inch model is edge-lit, so we expect it to have an even lower contrast ratio than the bigger models as the backlight is direct LED. However, this TV has excellent color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated if you don't want to. Overall, this is the best TV monitor we've tested so far available in a small size.
The best TV to use as a monitor with a large screen that we've tested so far is the Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC. This is a high-end TV in Samsung's QLED lineup and it has the performance you expect in a high-end TV, making it one of the best TVs we've tested.
It supports chroma 4:4:4 both with a 1080p resolution and 4k resolution, and the TV automatically detects when a PC is connected, so that your text looks clear. If it doesn't detect a PC, you can change the input icon to 'PC' for it to display 4:4:4. It has a really low input lag as long as you're in 'Game' mode, ensuring you get a responsive desktop experience. Picture quality on this TV is impressive as it gets bright enough to combat glare, it has outstanding reflection handling, the out-of-the-box color accuracy is excellent, and it upscales lower resolution content well.
Unlike most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are decent because Samsung added an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer to the panel, lowering the contrast ratio. Still, if you want to use it in the dark, it displays deep blacks and has a full-array local dimming feature. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker, but this could change from unit to unit. Overall, this is a great TV that's an excellent choice to use as a PC monitor.
If your TV room has a lot of ambient light and you find that you need a TV that can get even brighter than the Samsung Q80T QLED, look into the Vizio PX65-G1. You won't get the Samsung's wider viewing angles, and it doesn't have support for FreeSync or other gaming goodies. It is, however, one of the brightest TVs we've ever tested, and as long as you sit straight in front, the picture quality is impressive. It's very responsive thanks to the low input lag, and it displays crisp text when used as a TV monitor thanks to its ability to display chroma 4:4:4 properly in the most common resolutions. It also displays an extremely wide color gamut if you want to use this TV for HDR content. Sadly, it doesn't upscale 480p and 720p content well.
If you want the absolute best TV for use as a PC monitor, consider the Samsung, but for a brighter room while sitting straight in front, the Vizio is a better choice.
If you want an IPS TV that has naturally wide viewing angles, the LG 65NANO85UNA is a good alternative. It can't display deep blacks like the Samsung Q80T QLED, but it's still a great choice to use as a PC monitor in a room with a wide seating arrangement, like a meeting room. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 when you set the input label to 'PC', and the input lag is really low too. Sadly, it doesn't get very bright, but it has impressive reflection handling, so it's good to use in moderately-lit rooms. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy and despite being a budget-friendly TV, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, which results in good response time and smooth motion.
Overall, the best TV monitor we've tested is the Samsung, but if you want to save some money and get a TV with wider viewing angles, check out the LG.
The best TV for monitor use in the budget category is the Hisense 55H8G. It's a very good overall TV and even though it doesn't have wide viewing angles, it's still a great choice to use as a PC monitor. It's available in a good range of bigger sizes, so you can get the one that suits your needs.
The picture quality is almost as good as some higher-end, more expensive TVs. It looks great in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks and it has a full-array local dimming feature. It performs as well in bright rooms thanks to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. Like the other TVs in this recommendation, it supports chroma 4:4:4 at 1080p and 4k resolutions while it's in 'Game' mode. The input lag is also really low and even though it has a 60Hz refresh rate, the response time is good, so motion looks smooth. The TV has a nice style and it's fairly well-built.
Sadly, the image degrades quickly when viewing at an angle, so it's best to sit directly in front of it. It also has just okay color accuracy if you don't calibrate it, but on the upside, it upscales lower-resolution content without any problems. All in all, if you're on a budget, most people should be happy with this TV.
If you need a smaller TV to use as a PC monitor and save some money, then look into the TCL 4 Series/43S425 2019. It can't get nearly as bright as the Hisense H8G, but it's a decent budget TV that has what you need to use as a PC monitor. The input lag is incredibly low, and it supports proper 4:4:4 chroma at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k resolutions with a 60Hz refresh rate. The response time is really fast, so motion looks clear. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, the out-of-box color accuracy is disappointing, it doesn't display a wide color gamut, and it has uniformity issues. However, it performs well in dark rooms thanks to its excellent contrast ratio.
If you want the best budget TV to use as a PC monitor, look into the Hisense, but if you want something cheaper and smaller, the TCL is a good alternative.
07/17/2020: Replaced the LG UM7300 with the Sony X800H, the Samsung Q80R with the Q80T, the Hisense H9F with the H8G, and the LG SM9000 with the NANO85.
05/19/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
11/22/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019.
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).
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.