Can 4K TV replace 4K monitor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, May 1, 2018.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Hello, have been looking for a 40-45" 4K monitor for a year. Looks like monitors in this range all have some kind of issues. How come? For those who have been using 4K TV in this 40-45" size range, how is your experience? What are the pros and cons of using 4K TV instead? Is it better to get one with HDR and 120MHz?

    I plan to mainly use it for programming, matlab, CAD, writing and reading pdfs perhaps with some gaming.
     
  2. scottsdomain macrumors member

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    Yes, at least for me! I have a 55" 4k TV main monitor, and a 47" 1080p as a secondary monitor!
     
  3. mroy16 macrumors regular

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    I have to ask - what viewing distance do you use for these enormous displays? I have a 21.5" external monitor at my home and work desks that I plug my 13" MBP into, and I find it to be quite comfortable. I don't want to be rolling around and straining my neck to see the entire screen, and I like the higher pixel density.
     
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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  5. Dethklok macrumors member

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    Yes. I used a 42" 4K TV and I miss playing some games on it. I miss how much it takes up your vision and being able to see and shoot at tiny people easy. (I switched to a 21:9 monitor for the refresh rate)
     
  6. bingeciren macrumors 6502a

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    Theoretically speaking yes but as Dethklok mentioned, pay attention to the refresh rate if your applications are motion oriented.
     
  7. Dethklok macrumors member

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  8. kohlson macrumors 68000

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    I am still reminded that people see things, well, differently. I have always had my monitors located beyond arm's length (and I have simian-like arms!). It's apparently not good or bad at this distance - my optometrist always asks how far my monitor is from my head, and works from there. I have friends who can't get their monitor close enough, and all but complain that the keyboard is in the way.
     
  9. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    The answer is YES! No plan to go back to monitors again.
     
  10. LOLZpersonok macrumors 6502a

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    If you get a 4K TV to use as your computer's display, I'd advise against getting an OLED display, because static images (like your user interface) can cause it to burn in.
     

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