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, while monitors usually have DisplayPort connections that TVs still lack, so you won't be able to find the best TV with DisplayPort.
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 likely want to get an LED TV to use as a PC monitor since OLED TVs have the risk of permanent burn-in, but it shouldn't be a problem if you use an OLED as a monitor and watch varied content.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the past 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 Sony XBR43X800H is the best TV for computer monitor use with a smaller LED panel. Overall, it's a decent 43 inch 4k TV, and it's well-suited for use as a monitor. Its small size will fit in a home office, but it's still big enough for you to open multiple windows side-by-side or use it for PC gaming or watching movies and shows. It has decent reflection handling and gets quite bright, so you shouldn't have any issues with glare if using it in a bright room.
It's an IPS panel, so it has great wide viewing angles that are ideal for monitor use. That means the edges of the screen don't look washed out when sitting up close. Likewise, the image doesn't lose accuracy from the side if you want to do some co-op gaming or share content with friends or family. It has an incredibly low input lag and a good response time that results in clear motion. Finally, it supports chroma 4:4:4 for optimal text clarity.
Unfortunately, it lacks variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing in games, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Also, since it's an IPS panel, it has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks appear more grayish, especially in the dark. On the upside, though, it has a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions. All in all, if you want a smaller size, this is the best TV monitor with an LED panel that we've tested.
The best TV to use as a monitor with a large screen that we've tested is the Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC. With a 65 inch screen, there's space to have multiple windows opened side-by-side, great for even the most extreme multitaskers. It delivers stunning picture quality with its VA panel, producing deep blacks and saturated colors.
It has exceptionally low input lag and, combined with its 120Hz refresh rate, provides an incredibly responsive desktop and gaming experience. It supports most common resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 for optimal text clarity. It has exceptional reflection handling and gets bright enough to overcome glare in any lighting condition. Viewing angles are decent due to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, so images remain accurate at the sides if you sit up close. In terms of gaming, its response time is excellent, it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to further reduce motion blur, and it supports VRR to minimize screen tearing when gaming.
There's some vignetting at the corners and some dirty screen effect on our unit; however, your experience may differ, as uniformity issues can vary between units. Also, it has a BGR subpixel structure, which doesn't always play well with Windows ClearType. Out-of-the-box, it has excellent color accuracy, so you shouldn't have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience. Overall, it's an excellent choice to use as a PC monitor, especially for those big meeting rooms.
If you use your TV in a well-lit room and you want a brighter option, then take a look at the Hisense 65H9G. It's very similar to the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, as it also sports a VA panel that delivers fantastic picture quality. It overcomes glare easily and handles reflections well, and gets more than bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content. Unfortunately, it has sub-par viewing angles, so images look washed out if you're not seated directly in front of the TV or if you sit too close. Additionally, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is mediocre, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity than the Samsung to provide a superior dark room viewing experience.
Overall, go with the Samsung if you need wider viewing angles and FreeSync support. However, if you need a TV that gets brighter, and you don't mind a few compromises, go with the Hisense.
The best TV for monitor use with an OLED panel is the LG CX OLED. We even bought a second 48 inch CX OLED in order to test it as a computer monitor. It's available in a range of sizes to suit your needs and delivers exceptional picture quality. Like other OLEDs, it can individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also comes with advanced features like VRR support, HDMI 2.1 ports, and 3 USB ports.
It has a low input lag for a responsive desktop experience. It also has a near-instant response time that makes for exceptionally clear motion, which is great for gaming and other fast-moving content. On top of that, the TV also displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important if you're going to be reading a lot of text. If you're looking for a monitor to use in media creation, however, it may not be the best option. While it has wide viewing angles, meaning the image stays bright and clear from the sides, there's a lot of color shift when you change viewing angles, so it's not well-suited to color-critical work.
It's important to note that OLED panels are susceptible to permanent burn-in when static elements are left on the screen. That said, if you use the TV for other uses outside of just a desktop monitor, with varied content, you're less likely to experience burn-in. All things considered, if you want an OLED TV monitor with exceptional picture quality and fast response times, you can't go wrong with this one.
The best TV monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense H8G. It's an upper mid-range TV in Hisense's lineup and sits right below the Hisense H9G. It's available in a range of larger sizes, so it may not be the best choice if you need a small, low-cost TV as a monitor. However, if you need something larger, it performs well as a PC monitor and delivers good overall performance.
It's a good choice for well-lit environments. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling, but the reflections may become too distracting if you place it opposite a window with direct sunlight on it. It displays chroma 4:4:4 whether you're using it with a 1080p or 4k resolution. It has a 60Hz panel and supports most common resolutions, including 1440p, but naturally, it doesn't support any 120Hz signal. Input lag is very low and has a good response time, resulting in a responsive desktop experience. It also has an excellent native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks when viewing in the dark.
Unfortunately, our unit has some uniformity issues as the edges appear darker, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center. This could get distracting if you have web pages or documents with large areas of uniform color. It also has narrow view angles, so the image looks washed out at the edges if you sit too close, but this is expected from a VA panel. Regardless of this, this is still the best TV for PC monitor available for a low cost.
If you need something smaller, then look into the LG UN73000PUB. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, so it's a better choice for dim or moderately-lit rooms as it still has great reflection handling. The LG also has an IPS panel, providing fairly wide viewing angles, and the image should remain accurate if you sit up close. Like the Hisense, it has a 60Hz panel, supports 1080p, 1440p, and 4k resolutions, and displays chroma 4:4:4. Input lag is very low as long as you're in 'Game' mode, and it has a decent response time, but you may notice image duplication due to the backlight's flicker. Sadly, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and the black uniformity on our unit is poor.
If you don't mind having narrow viewing angles and want the best TV to use as a monitor that you can get at a budget-friendly price, then go for the Hisense. However, if you need something smaller and also want wide viewing angles, check out the LG.
Mar 17, 2021: Reviewed accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.
Jan 22, 2021: Replaced the LG UN7300 with the UN7000 because the UN7000 is easier to find.
Nov 23, 2020: Added the LG CX as best OLED; changed the Q80T and X800H as 'Best LED' options.
Sep 24, 2020: Replaced Vizio PX65-G1 with Hisense H9G, replaced TCL 43S425 with LG UN7300, removed LG NANO85.
Jul 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.
May 19, 2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.