What is the difference between a monitor and a TV?

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In the olden days, it is easy to find the difference between a monitor and a Television. Do you remember that? Monitors are bulky white-colored devices called Cathode Ray Tube and only used in office work, hospitals, restaurants, etc.

But now, the computer is one of the most commonly used electronic devices on the planet. And the technology is improving day by day. Now, both the monitors and Televisions are coming with ultra-thin designs, curved displays, and more.

So, it’s hard to find the difference between the monitor and Television.

The monitor is one of the parts of the computer. We get the digital output from the monitor on a computer. Whereas Television is used to watch TV shows, NEWS, Programs, etc. Another major difference between monitor and Television is the Android feature. The Smart TVs are coming with the Android feature, but a monitor can’t.

You can find more about a computer monitor here.

Is it bad to use a TV as a computer monitor?

Before answering this thing, I want to ask you a thing, what type of work you have with your monitor? If it is for general use, I wouldn’t recommend using TV as a computer monitor because of some disadvantages like comfort less PC setup, too much brightness contrast at night, consume more space, less required features for PC users, etc.

If you are ok with the above disadvantaged, and still want to connect your TV to the computer or laptop, make sure that you have a common port between the two devices.

Monitor vs TV

In looks-wise, both monitor and TV seem to be the same. So we need to look at some factors to find the difference between them.

Here we couldn’t consider the cost of the product. The cost of a product depends on the unique features in it. So, there is no need to consider it in this comparison. However, computer screens are more expensive than a TV of the same size. Let’s see why it will be…

Display size :

In Monitors – a normal display size is enough to work. For commercial use like restaurants, schools, college labs, offices, etc have a maximum of 24” monitor. In Personal Computers, monitor size is our wish based on work requirements.

In Televisions – display size matters a lot because it is the device that everyone can use in a family. Sometimes all the family members are used to watch a movie or a TV show. In such cases, a small display size screen is not enough to satisfy all the family members. So, a minimum of 32” display is required in this generation.

Screen Resolution :

In Monitors – screen resolution prefers a lot. A normal PC user may ignore the screen resolution in a monitor. But, a gamer, graphic designer, YouTuber, etc, are must require a high-resolution display.

In Televisions – screen resolution does consider because nobody wants to see the poor quality image or video. Nowadays 4K resolution TVs are more popular.

Screen Refresh rate :

In Monitors – screen refresh rate is the basic factor these days. For basic or pro gaming, coding, designing, high-resolution image and video file accessing, etc, need high refresh rate monitors. If you are a normal PC user, then a 60Hz display is enough for you.

In Televisions – we found high refresh rate screens these days because when we try to open raw photos and 4K resolutions videos, a normal 60Hz screen took so much time to open a file and shows a lag in performance while moving the slides. This problem can overcome with the high refresh rate screens.

Connecting ports :

In Monitors – we can see different ports like HDMI, Display Port, VGA, USB, etc. All these ports are more convenient for PC use, like connecting to CPU, laptop, or you can use a monitor as a dual monitor with these ports. The HDMI and Display ports are useful for gaming, rendering, etc. The latest version of USB ports helpful to read and write the external drives at high speed.

In Televisions – also we can find different types of ports like USB, HDMI. Maybe some other ports also present on TVs, but these two are common. These ports help us to connect a Pendrive or a laptop to it.

Android features :

In Monitors – we can’t get this feature. In fact, a monitor doesn’t need Android features because we have a PC to use the digital world (Internet) in the best way.

Televisions – are coming with Android features these days. So, we can access various OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HULU, and YouTube, etc. We can access TV with our smartphones. Just like mobiles and PC OSs, TV Operating System also gets from its manufacturer company. By this, we can keep our product up-to-date.

Special features :

In Monitors – we found special features means that they are not present on TVs. They are..

  • Gaming monitors with a high refresh rate from companies like LG, Samsung, MSI, etc.
  • G-Sync and Free sync feature to show the peak performance
  • The new technology, like advanced ports and curved technology, is coming to the monitors first than TVs.
  • We do not find any special device like remotes to control the monitors. Instead, we get buttons on a monitor to control it.
  • If the monitor is connected to a computer, then the miracast feature is based on the Operating System. An ideal monitor doesn’t support miracast.

In Televisions – we have a remote control to adjust the settings in a TV. And some other unique features are…

  • Smart technology, inbuilt.
  • The sound system is present in all TVs, but not in monitors (High-end gaming monitors coming with built-in speakers).
  • Advanced controls like sleep mode, color, and volume adjustments are present.
  • TVs with the latest technology have miracast features.

Both Monitor and TV have some advantages and disadvantages. The feature quality in a monitor is high compared to TV and hence it costs more.

With a quick comparison table, you’ll get to understand the concept easily.

SpeakersPresent in High-end models onlyPresent
Display size24” maximum32” minimum
Screen ResolutionHighHigh
Screen Refresh rateHigh as much as possiblebasic 60Hz is enough
Connecting portsHDMI, Display, VGA, USB, etcHDMI, USB
G-sync/FreesyncPresent to perform in peakAbsent
Remote controlAbsentPresent
Miracast featureAbsent (Based on OS)Present to the latest model TVs
Product costComparatively HighNormal
Monitor vs TV

Conclusion :

I wouldn’t recommend you to add a TV as a monitor for your PC. Choose a monitor for your PC based on your type of work. I’m using a Dell U series monitor.

No matter what you are buying, either TV or a monitor, along with the other best features, you must check the connecting ports. This is the area where people make a mistake by ignoring it. The connecting ports will help you in multiple ways while using the product.

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Author: Aswarth

Hey Guys, I'm an Electrical Engineer who is interested to learn Technical stuff in deep and want to give you the best quality information on this blog.

2 thoughts

  1. Wow this blog is very nice …
    What is a Monitor? A monitor is called a device through which users can communicate with the computer by receiving data. It went through various stages from its birth, continuously evolving and offering new improvements, until it reached the modern led technology of today

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