PC monitors and TVs are close relatives. TVs usually have more advanced image processing capabilities than monitors and come equipped with tuners, and they're usually bigger. TVs offer a PC Mode option, which removes the extra image processing and ensures the lowest possible input lag. The most important thing to consider when choosing a TV for PC monitor usage is the TV's ability to display proper chroma 4:4:4 for clear text. You'll likely want to get a TV with a wide viewing angle so the image remains accurate at the edges if you sit close.
We've bought and tested more than 365 TVs under the latest test bench, and here are our recommendations for the best TVs to use as a PC monitor. See our picks for the best TVs, the best LED TVs, and the best HDR TVs.
The best TV to use as a monitor that we've tested is the Samsung QN90B QLED. It's a high-end TV that's available in a wide range of sizes, so you're sure to find something that meets your needs. It delivers a fantastic desktop experience, with support for HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, so you can enjoy 4k @ 120Hz support while still getting clear text with full chroma 4:4:4 support. It has a wide viewing angle, so the sides of the screen remain uniform if you're sitting up close, and it has decent gray uniformity, but you'll see some patchiness in large areas of uniform color.
It has fantastic low input lag, as good as most gaming monitors when it's running at 120Hz, ensuring a smooth desktop experience. It also has a fast response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects. Glare isn't an issue thanks to its superb reflection handling and high peak brightness, so even if you're in a very bright room, you won't have any problems seeing the screen or cutting out glare.
The best upper mid-range TV monitor we've tested is the Samsung QN85A QLED. It's amazing to use as a PC monitor because it has a wide viewing angle, which ensures that the sides of the screen remain consistent if you sit close. There are no issues using it in a bright room since it easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is remarkable. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly with 4k resolutions, which is essential for clear text from a PC.
Unfortunately, unlike the Samsung QN90B QLED, it's not available in smaller sizes, and it only supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on a single input, so it's not quite as versatile as the QN90B. Like the QN90B, it gets incredibly bright and has fantastic reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in a bright room. It also has a wide viewing angle, so the sides of the screen remain uniform if you're sitting close.
The best TV for pc monitor use in the mid-range category we've tested is the Hisense U8G. It's a great TV for use with a PC. It has low input lag and a fast response time, resulting in clear motion and a responsive desktop experience, with no noticeable delay between your movements with your mouse and the cursor moving on-screen. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing it to display proper text with full chroma 4:4:4 support, even with 4k @ 120Hz signals, meaning you can enjoy a fast refresh rate and a high-resolution screen.
Unfortunately, unlike the more expensive Samsung QN85A QLED or the Samsung QN90B QLED, the Hisense has a narrow viewing angle, so it's important to not sit too close to the screen; otherwise, the sides of the screen fade and lose uniformity. As long as you're sitting at a comfortable viewing distance, though, it looks great in most rooms, with high peak brightness to overcome glare and a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks in a dark room.
The best tv for computer monitor use in the budget category we've tested is the Hisense A6H. It's a great TV for use as a PC monitor, with a wide viewing angle, ensuring the sides of the screen remain uniform when you're sitting up close. It also has incredibly low input lag, so your mouse movements feel smooth and responsive. It doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly with 4k @ 60Hz signals, which is essential for clear text from a PC.
Unfortunately, by going with a budget model, there are some limitations. It can't get very bright, so glare is an issue in a bright room. It also has a slower response time than the Hisense U8G, so there's more noticeable blur when scrolling quickly through documents or web pages.
If you prefer something smaller, the best small budget TV to use as a monitor is the Sony KD-43X80J. Although we tested the 55-inch model, the results are also valid for the 43-inch variant. The smaller size results in a higher pixel density, which in turn increases the sharpness of the screen and results in cleaner text.
It has a low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and you won't notice much motion blur when scrolling through long documents, thanks to the quick response time. It has a wide viewing angle if you sit close or need to share the screen with someone next to you. It's not as good as the Hisense U8G or more expensive models in a bright room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome a ton of glare.
Sep 08, 2022: Restructured the article; added the Samsung QN90B QLED as the 'Best TV', the Hisense U8G as the 'Best Mid-Range', and the Hisense A6H as the 'Best Budget'.
May 26, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; renamed the Samsung QN85A as the 'Best TV' and made the LG UP8000 as the 'Best Budget TV'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Mar 15, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability.
Jan 14, 2022: Added the Samsung QN85A QLED as the 'Best LED TV' and moved the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED to 'Cheaper Alternative'; moved the Hisense U8G to Notable Mentions because it doesn't have wide viewing angles.
Nov 08, 2021: Replaced the LG UP7000 with the LG UP8000 and renamed it as 'Alternative With Wider Viewing Angles' because the UP8000 is better; added the Sony A90J, TCL 5 Series/S546 2021, and TCL R745 QLED to Notable Mentions.
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 TV reviews. 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.