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 70 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 use as a PC monitor is the LG 43UM7300PUA. It's a 4k TV with decent build quality and a reasonably accurate color reproduction out of the box. Text looks sharp, as it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, and the IPS panel's wide viewing angles are great for those who like to sit close to the screen. This TV's fast response time and low input lag provide a responsive desktop experience; however, it doesn't support FreeSync variable refresh rate for those who want to game on this TV.
It may not be the best choice for use in dark rooms due to the mediocre contrast ratio, but it has excellent reflection handling and can get bright enough to combat glare in a well-lit room. Although it supports HDR, it can't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR content, not to mention that it doesn't support a wide color gamut. On the bright side, IPS panels are immune from burn-in, so you shouldn't have any issues with the user interface being always in the same spot.
Unfortunately, the backlight isn't flicker-free, and its 120Hz flicker can be distracting for some or may cause some eye strain. Overall, this is the best small TV to use as a PC monitor we've tested so far.
The best large TV to use as a PC monitor is the Samsung QN65Q80RAFXZA. It's a fantastic TV to use as a PC monitor with outstanding picture quality and it properly displays 4:4:4 chroma on 1080p and 4k resolutions, so you'll be able to read your screen's text with ease. It has an incredibly low input lag, so it responds to your commands almost instantly.
This TV can get extremely bright and it does an amazing job at handling reflections, so you can place it in any bright office and not worry about light reflections. VA panel TVs like this one are known to have poor viewing angles, but Samsung added an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' to improve the image accuracy when viewed at the side, so it has decent viewing angles if you need to put this TV in a meeting room.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity is only decent and it gets darker on the sides, but on the upside, it supports a wide color gamut, displaying a wide range of colors. Overall, the Samsung is an amazing TV with impressive picture quality, making it the best large TV 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 Q80/Q80R QLED, then 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.
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 think that the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED's viewing angles cause uniformity issues, then check out the LG 65SM9000PUA. It can't deliver the same dark room performance as the Samsung, and it lacks the FreeSync support for tear-free gaming. On the upside, the input lag is very low, making the TV very responsive to your actions, and it supports chroma 4:4:4 and can display very crisp text when used as a PC monitor. Thanks to the IPS panel, it has wide viewing angles and there aren't any uniformity issues at the edges you watch from up close.
Overall, if you want the best large TV for use as a PC monitor, consider the Samsung, but if viewing angles are very important, the IPS LG is a better choice.
The best budget TV to use as a PC monitor is the Hisense 55H9F. It's an impressive overall TV with great picture quality and good features, and for its price, you can't go wrong with it. It has an extremely low input lag, as long as you set it in 'Game' mode, resulting in a responsive desktop experience.
This TV supports chroma 4:4:4 both at 1080p and 4k resolutions, so you can see your text properly. The response time is also excellent on this TV, so fast-moving content looks great. Since it's a VA panel, it produces deep blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and decent local dimming feature, and it performs really well in bright rooms with fantastic peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. It also displays a very wide color gamut if you want to use it for HDR content.
Unfortunately, the viewing angles are disappointing, which is expected from a VA panel, so you lose image accuracy unless you're sitting directly in front of it. It also has only decent gray uniformity, as the edges and center of the screen are darker, which might be distracting on web pages or documents. Overall, this is the best budget TV to use as a PC monitor that we've seen so far.
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 H9F, 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 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.
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.