4K or Ultra HD TVs are very popular these days. TVs generally focus on image quality and are equipped with integrated speakers and connectivity ports. The monitor focuses on the refresh rate of the display for a smooth and lag-free gaming experience.
When choosing a TV, there are many things to consider such as supported TV resolutions, panel types (IPS, LED, OLED, etc.), refresh rate, etc. Usually, TV offers a dual purpose because you can use it as a regular TV too. as a monitor but on the contrary is not always better. TV offers a better perspective but there are so many inputs when you connect peripheral devices.
Important things that need to be known
A serious problem is when you want to use a monitor to edit games and videos at very high resolution because these things are possible with a smooth display (high refresh rates such as 120 Hz, 144 Hz, and 240 Hz) not with good display technology. Also, most 4K televisions are compatible with HDR (High Definition Range) but only a few monitors support it. Connecting a TV is very similar to a monitor except a few things are needed to achieve optimal performance. First, an HDMI cable is required. One big difference is that the monitor supports several number of ports such as HDMI, Display Port, Mini Display Port, and most recently, USB-C.
Another important thing is that your computer and TV must support 4K at 60 Hz via the HDMI output. This is possible if you are using HDMI 2.0, so make sure you use it. You can also choose to 4K at 30 Hz, but it will be a bad experience when you experience a refresh rate of 60 Hz. When you connect DisplayPort and HDMI, you also make sure that the adapter supports 4K at 60 Hz. To connect Mini Display Ports and HDMI there are a number of adapters available and all of them support 1080p at 60 Hz with a few exceptions that can work in 4K at 30 Hz resolution. When you use USB-C, the dongle must also be compatible with your laptop, so keep this in mind.
Set the 4K TV as a monitor
When you have the required connectors mentioned above, the next step is to configure your 4K TV and PC. First, from your TV, make sure that the screen is optimized so you will experience minimal input lag. This can be done by simply switching to PC or Game mode which changes the resolution to 4K at 60 Hz. Cable quality is very important because some TVs may experience less input lag when only using certain HDMI ports and sometimes even just turning off the HDR option. Settings that you can change on the monitor are usually applied to one single input source. So, realize that. When plugged in, your computer will automatically use it as the default setting, and you are ready to go.
Configure your PC
The following are the steps for a Windows 10 PC:
- Right-click your mouse from the desktop and click the Display Settings option.
- Set the resolution to 4K (3840 x 2160).
- If you see some screen lag, open the Display Adapter Properties available at the bottom of the same window.
- In the new window that appears, scroll to the ‘monitor’ option and choose 60Hz as the refresh rate. If there is no 60 Hz option in it, maybe your adapter or your computer doesn’t support it.
So that’s how it is, you’re fine now. This is a dual advantage of 4K TVs. You can enjoy high-definition content everyday with a clear quality screen and in the meantime, you can use it to play games on weekends.