TV or Monitor – Which One Is Ultimately Better for Gaming

Can you use a TV as a PC monitor or look for a specially designed gaming screen? All displays differ but in the gaming world your options are not constrained to different kinds of computer screens but even TV and projectors can be used. The question that arises here is which is ultimately better for gaming – TV or monitor? To understand the difference let’s understand the pros and cons of TV and gaming monitors.

TV vs. Monitor

Screen size

Screen size is the most visible difference. Monitors range from 10” to 27”, whereas TV starts at the desk-friendly size and goes as high as 100”. Most popular TV sizes are between 30” to 60”. Bigger TV screen makes gaming more enjoyable from the sofa. Besides split-screen multiplayer features can be enjoyed a lot.

Screen resolution

Resolution defines the number of pixels on the screen. More pixels mean the image is sharp and detailed. Today, monitors are available with three common kinds of resolution variants.

  • 720p or HD ready
  • Full HD or 1080p
  • QHD or 2K or 1440p
  • UHD or 4K or 2160p

If you choose a monitor then the maximum size available is 27”, it means close viewing. Besides resolution, the screen size also matters.

Full HD TV’s minimum size is 32” and a definitely small TV with 720p resolution is outdated as per the contemporary gaming standards. TVs are designed to be viewed from a distance and not close, so using them rather than a monitor is a big NO. Besides big screen means low pixel density that will certainly end in aliasing. Fortunately, the PrimeCables 4k gaming monitor has been designed for the ultimate gaming experience!

Response time

It determines how rapidly a pixel changes colors and shades. It is crucial for gaming because precise pixel response time enables smooth camera movement. High response time can cause extensive motion blur or ghosting.

Modern monitors offer options like 4ms IPS monitor or 1ms TN monitor. The former is limited to high response because of the technology applied. Alternatively, TVs use IPS panels. Nonetheless, they have high response time as it is designed for multimedia applications.


Monitors have HDMI connectors for videos and DisplayPort. TVs don’t use DisplayPort but include a couple of HDMI connectors for videos.

In short, TV cannot replace PC monitor and vice versa. Objectively, monitors are responsive and offer a clear image because of the high pixel density. Alternatively, if aliasing and low response time don’t bother you then TV can be suitable!