Two-in-one monitors and TVs can save you money and space
We may not recognize it, but having two-in-one equipment is now baked into our everyday existence. Our watches are now phones and our phones are cameras that fit in our pockets.
We’ve come to expect this out of our mobile devices. But what about at home? Consider taking that same mentality with your work and entertainment spaces by looking at using your TV as a monitor or your computer monitor as a TV.
Use your computer monitor as a TV
First off, we imagine you might be asking, can I really use a monitor as a TV? Yes, you can. But before you buy a new one or try to use one you already have, you need to take a few things into consideration.
- Make sure your computer monitor has an HDMI input. In case it has a DisplayPort connection or a DVI/VGA connector, check for adapters to convert it to HDMI.
- Does the monitor have built-in audio? After all, if you’re going to stream your favorite content or watch live TV, you need to be able to hear it. If it does not have an audio jack or integrated speakers, no problem! You can fix that by simply getting an adapter that can either be an audio extractor (if your monitor has an HDMI input) or any other external speakers that have an Auxiliary input (AUX, in case your monitor has an audio jack).
- If you have a cable or satellite provider, make sure the cable box has a DVI or HDMI output. Check your monitor’s input so it matches your receiver box’s outputs.
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Looking for recommendations on monitors that can be used as a TV?
Here are some budget-friendly options with good reviews. Also, these are gaming monitors, which means great contrast display, usually HD quality as well as sharp moving images. Another great thing about gaming monitors is they include various ports and audio jacks integrated.
- Dell Ultrasharp 24-Inch Screen Led Monitor
This monitor has an HDMI port, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, an audio line out, USB 3.0 with a USB 3.0 Upstream port.
- Sceptre Ultrawide 30-Inch Monitor
This option has Full HD resolution, a DisplayPort, multiple HDMI inputs, as well as built-in speakers.
- ViewSonic Curved 32-Inch Monitor
This LCD monitor has an AC/DC adapter, DisplayPort, HDMI input and dual speakers with stereo sound.
Use TV as computer monitor
Want to know how to use a TV as a computer monitor? It’s easy and if you already have a big TV, that means playing, streaming or working on a bigger monitor. Fiesta!
Before jumping into using your TV as a computer monitor, there are a few things you should know.
- You will need special cables to make this work, so check the input and output ports you’ll be using. Also, don’t forget to find out how many of them you have — if there are just a few, you may have to disconnect other equipment first.
- Computer monitors and laptops usually have a higher pixel density (Ppi, or pixels per inch), so your laptop’s screen might appear sharper and more detailed than a TV screen. Meaning that while you may be dealing with a bigger screen, the text, icons and images could be more blurry than you’re used to.
- A TV with great resolution and higher pixel density is usually more expensive as a TV than a computer monitor.
Looking for recommendations on TVs than can be used as computer monitors?
As with the monitors, we want to give you a few budget-friendly, all with strong, positive reviews. They all have WI-FI capability, which allows connecting to your favorite streaming services directly.
- Toshiba 43-inch Ultra HD LED Smart TV
This TV is HDR-compatible, with three HDMI inputs and multiple input/output options.
- Samsung Flat 32-inch LED Smart TV
This TV has Full HD, two HDMI ports and Built-in Wi-Fi as well. It features Ultra Clean View and Micro Dimming Pro for a higher-quality picture.
- TCL 49-inch Smart LED Smart TV
Includes Roku TV, three HDMI inputs, RF, Headphone Jack and an Optical Audio Out. Also, this TV is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
I’m about to buy new equipment, should I buy a monitor to use as a TV or the other way around?
If you are looking for options to save money and maybe even space, consolidation is a great option. It’s also a nice way to be more thoughtful about the environment and one’s consumption footprint.
When choosing between watching your TV shows on your computer monitor or taking a look at your iPhone screen on your TV, you should consider the features each of them offers.
Differences between a monitor and a TV
|Size||Screens are usually below 30 inches||Screens are usually 24 inches and above|
|Audio||Not all monitors have built-in speakers||All TV’s have built-in speakers|
|Resolution||From 1080p (Full HD) up to 2120p (4K)||From 720p (HD ready) up to 2120p (4K)|
|Ports||Some options support VGA, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and USB.||Some options support VGA, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and USB.|
|Additional comments||Usually cost less money, and have better response times for gaming. Could potentially save you money in the long run.||There are smart TV options that allow you to connect cordlessly with your phone, navigate the internet and do all your streaming directly to the TV screen.|