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3 Reasons NOT to Use a TV as a Computer Monitor

Silhouette of Headphoned Head in Front of ScreenYou're looking to make some updates to your computer setup, and at the top of your list is an idea to replace your computer monitor with a TV. It'll make everything you do on your computer bigger and better… right?


Not so fast. While utilizing a TV may sound like an ingenious way to upgrade, the fact is that sticking with a computer monitor is a much better choice for a slew of reasons. We're here to make the case with three important points!


 1. The Connection


Depending on your computer's connection capabilities, your plan to use a TV as a monitor may be thwarted right out of the gate. Many computers don't have the ability to connect to an HDMI port, and if you bought a TV for the express purpose of using it as a computer monitor without checking your connections, you're out of luck.


 2. The Lag


Have you ever experienced an annoying delay between hitting a keyboard key and seeing the corresponding action happen onscreen? That's called input lag, and computer monitors are specifically built to minimize it as much as possible. Televisions, however, are not. Anyone who's experienced input lag can attest that it's a royal pain during any computer-related activity, be it typing, scrolling, drawing, or especially gaming. Instead of risking the frustration of dealing with input lag, sticking with a monitor will head it off at the pass.


Young Man Too Close to TV Screen 3. The Size


Simply put, most television screens are just too big to use as a computer monitor. The general rule for optimal screen viewing, computer or otherwise, is to sit one foot away for every ten inches of screen size. For example, if you're watching TV on a 60" screen, sit about 6 feet away. This metric not only helps to prevent eye strain and posture issues, but it also ensures that you'll get a full view. Since computer work tends to be very close work, using an enormous TV screen will likely interfere with your ability to sit a safe distance away, plus it'll be difficult to see everything on the screen. Why deal with the "front-row-at-the-movie-theater" effect if you can avoid it?


 


 


Take our advice: Computers work best when they're paired with a computer monitor. Besides, the TV idea will fall by the wayside when you get a full scope of all the amazing monitor options available  in different sizes, shapes and screen resolutions. P.C. Richard & Son has a fantastic selection of the latest and greatest computer monitors available, so start shopping and find the perfect one today!