4K or Ultra HD TVs are very popular these days. The TVs generally focus on picture quality and come with built-in speakers and connectivity ports. Monitors focus on the screen refresh rate for a smooth, lag-free gaming experience.
When selecting TVs, there are many things to consider, such as the resolution supported by the TV, the type of panel (IPS, LED, OLED, etc.), refresh rates, etc. Usually, the televisions offer a dual purpose, as you can use it as an ordinary television. as well as a monitor but vice versa is not always preferable. The televisions offer better viewing angles but there is so much input lag when you connect devices.
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Important things to know
A serious problem is when you want to use your monitor for gaming and very high resolution video editing, as these things are possible with smooth displays (high refresh rates such as 120 Hz, 144 Hz and 240 Hz) and not with pleasant display technology. In addition, most 4K TVs are HDR (High Definition Range) compatible, but only a few monitors support it. Connecting a TV is very similar to connecting a monitor, except that a few extra things are necessary to achieve optimal performance. First, an HDMI cable is required. A big difference is that the monitors support multiple numbers of ports like HDMI, Display Port, Mini Display Port and, most recently, USB-C.
Another important thing is that your computer and TV must support 4K 60 Hz via HDMI output. This is possible if you are using HDMI 2.0, so be sure to use it. You can also opt for 4K 30 Hz, but it will be a bad experience when you've already experienced a refresh rate of 60 Hz. When you connect DisplayPort and HDMI, you also make sure that the adapter supports 4K 60 Hz. To connect the Mini Display Port and HDMI, there are a number of adapters available and all of them support 1080p 60 Hz with a few exceptions that can work in 4K at a resolution of 30 Hz. When using USB-C, the dongle must Also be compatible with your laptop, so keep that in mind.
Set up the 4K TV as a monitor
When you have the necessary connectors mentioned above, the next step is to configure the 4K TV and your PC. First, from your TV, make sure the screen is optimized so that you feel a minimal input lag. To do this, you just need to switch to PC or Game mode which modifies the 4K 60 Hz resolution. The quality of the cable is of paramount importance because some televisions may experience less input shift when they only use certain HDMI ports and even sometimes by simply deactivating the HDR option. The settings that you can change on the monitor are usually applied to only one input source. So be aware of this. Once connected, your computer will automatically use it as the default, and you're good to go.
Configure your PC
Here are the steps for Windows 10 PC:
- Right-click your mouse on the desktop and click the Display Settings option.
- Set the resolution to 4K (3840 x 2160).
- If you notice a screen mismatch, access the display adapter properties available at the bottom of the same window.
- In the new window that appears, scroll to the monitor option and select 60 Hz as the refresh rate. If there is no 60 Hz option, perhaps your adapter or computer does not support it.
Now, you're ready to go. This is the double advantage of 4K TVs. You can enjoy your high definition content day by day with a crisp quality screen and in the meantime you can also use it for weekend games.