All the displays available in the market are not equal. But in Gaming, you are just not limited by choices with monitors; you can even use a TV for the display. But which of these two is better and when should you choose which? This can be a tricky question to answer so before doing that let us weight the advantages and disadvantages of each one against the other.
TV vs monitor: How are they different in terms of the screen?
Obviously, TV’s have a bigger screen size as compared to any monitor available in the market right now. In fact the smallest TV’s equal the size of the biggest monitors. Some of the modern TV’s also measure about 100 inches and that is colossal! Note that the common, popular models measure anywhere between 30 and 60 inches. A bigger screen size means a more immersive gaming experience and because of this, even playing multiplayer split screen gaming becomes double the fun!
Resolution is one more factor that is closely tied to screen size. Resolution tells about the number of pixels on the screen, the more the pixels, the clearer and sharper the image will be. The monitors on the market today are available in the following resolutions, 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. With this high resolution the maximum screen size of a monitor is 27 inches, if increased; the viewing becomes inconvenient from close ranges.
The TV’s on the other hand, are also available in similar resolutions that is, 720p, 1080p and 2160p. The point that matters the most here is the size. Even the smallest TV’s are about 32 inches and those TV’s with 720p resolution are still quite outdated. This is because traditionally even, TV’s were meant for long distance viewing therefore, using them for up – close gaming is definitely not recommended. Also note that, the more the size of the screen; the pixel density will be less. This in turn results in image aliasing.
Hoes does response time differ?
What is the response time?
It is the time measured in seconds and is determined by the unit Hertz, which a pixel takes to change the color from black to white or between different shades of gray. If the response time is higher, the game play has smoother, especially in fast moving scenes and this also helped prevent ghosting.
How they are differences in TV’s and monitors?
In modern gaming monitors, you have got two options. One with the TN panel, which will have a response time of 1 ms. The other is the IPS monitors, which will have a response time of 4 ms. On the other hand, TV’s mostly have the IPS panels. Also, the response time of TV’s is usually higher than the monitors because lower rates are not required for the purpose they are used for. Also note that, in order to not displease the consumers the response times of televisions are not revealed by the manufacturer, although it is estimated it to be more than 10 ms. Be sure to stick with the best models from the best brands and still, check out the TV once physically and see if it suits you before opting for one.
Which ones are the best to buy?
- LG C7
It is one of the best gaming TV’s till date which have been tested. The OLED panels provide the best contrast ratios. The response time is amazing, so there is no motion blur in fast moving action. Also, since the input lag is less, the games are more responsive to clicks. The 55 inch comes at $1696 and the 65 inch comes in at $2596.
- BenQ EX3501R
HDR has been a major selling factor for more TV’s until now than monitors because the latter hardly contained the technology. But this BenQ model runs with the HDR and provides stunning viewing angles. It has the support of the AMD FreeSync and an aspect ratio of 26:9. It has a great refresh rate and an unmatched response time to its rivals. No wonder, this makes it one of the best and unique gaming monitors which have been around for a while.
As discussed above, the TV has higher response times when compared to monitors and this can lead to motion aliasing. This becomes a major problem because the consoles don’t have any graphical power to over-come this. Also, on the other hand, the pixel densities in TV’s are less which reduces the sharpness of the images that appear on the screen. Monitors are better in response and the performance in many cases is better than the TV’s. Before deciding to buy one, explore the options you have, try playing with them to get the feel for the game play and then pick the one that suits you best as per convenience, performance and costs.