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4K Monitor vs. TV for Gaming?

BenQ
2018/12/10

The truth is that TVs and monitors are designed for different purposes so they have a lot of differences in tech specs.

Response Time

Another spec that is worth paying attention to is response time. Also measured in milliseconds, it refers to how fast pixels on the display switch from one color to another.  Faster response times result in better viewing experiences during fast-paced scenes, while slower response times can result in ghosting or blurring of the image. 

Response time relates closely to the type of panel technology used in displays: twisted nematic (TN), vertical alignment (VA), and in-plane switching (IPS). While you do not need to understand their technical differences, it is worth mentioning their pros and cons for gamers. TN panels tend to have the best response times while trading off picture quality. IPS panels are the opposite with great colors and viewing angles but slower response. VA panels offer the best of both worlds with good response times and color reproduction.

Faster response times will give you smooth flowing images and prevent blurring and ghosting.

Overall, modern TVs have much higher response times than monitors, which might result in ghosting and worse picture quality. Casual gamers are happy with a response time of about 10 milliseconds, while competitive and professional gamers usually target something closer to 1 millisecond. Be sure to checkout the BenQ 

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Response Time

Refresh Rate and Adaptive Sync

The third aspect that is different between monitors and TVs is the refresh rate. Televisions typically change the image on the screen 60 times every second, generally referred to as a 60Hz refresh rate.

Because most consoles were initially designed for TV usage, the refresh rate used to be a less critical factor. However, Xbox One received an update in 2018 that allows it to work at up to 120Hz, taking advantage of a monitor’s capability to run at refresh rates higher than 60 frames per second (FPS).

A 144Hz gming monitor can display more than double the frames per second compared to a traditional 60Hz monitor.

Additionally, Xbox One supports a feature usually reserved for PC gaming called variable refresh rate. This technology, commonly found in the form of AMD FreeSync (or NVIDIA’s proprietary G-Sync), allows the video source and monitor to communicate and dynamically match the FPS of the source to the refresh rate of the display for smooth and tear-free gaming.

Gaming monitors like the BenQ EX2780Q support AMD FreeSync and a 144Hz refresh rate for smooth gaming free of screen tearing. 

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Refresh Rate and Adaptive Sync

Resolution

Most of modern televisions and monitors feature 4K resolution, meaning that they can provide sharper and more detailed images of 3840 X 2160 pixels. TVs are designed to be viewed from a far, with a lower pixel density. Thus, when viewed from a short distance, the image turns out pixelated. Gamers who use a display at a shorter distance to have a more immersive gaming experience, might want to pick out monitors with a higher pixel density. No one would like to play games watching images with low pixel density.

Input Lag

Spec TV
Monitor
Spec
Response Time
TV
Slow
Monitor
Fast
Spec
Refresh Rate
TV
Low
Monitor
High
Spec
Input Lag
TV
High
Monitor
Low

Viewing Comfort

Last but not the least, a display which can offer you viewing comfort is also a feature you need to take into consideration as well. Low blue light and flicker-free are just the basic; a monitor with brightness intelligence which can be adapted to the ambient light will offer the gaming experience.

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