TV and Monitor: I Am So Happy to be Stuck with You

W ith the inclusion of HDMI, HDTVs and monitors have become interchangeable with one another. That is your HDTV can function as a monitor, and your monitor can be used as an HDTV, which is more precisely described as a dual display. This allows each display to connect to PCs, cable/satellite receivers, gaming systems, streaming sticks to name just a few. One of the primary differences between the two of them is the number of HDMI ports that each possess. HDTVs normally have somewhere between 2 to 5 HDMI ports while monitors usually have between 1 and 3. So again, to make sure enough emphasis has been placed on this point, HDMI is a key feature of the dual display.

Another facet of the dual display is the picture resolution, as in the number of pixels compose the picture. The fact that many monitors are equipped with 1080P resolution makes their picture quality practically the equal of HDTVs with 1080P. Some LED monitors are equipped with slightly lower resolution, but the picture quality will still be pretty good unless you use this monitor extensively for gaming. At Sceptre, this generally does not apply because practically all its LED monitors are built with Full HD 1080P.

Similarly, the response time on many LED TVs and monitors is between 5 and 8 so you will not notice much of a difference there either.
The primary difference between LED monitors and non-smart LED HDTVs is the size. While many monitors fall between 18 and 30 inches on average, the range is much higher for TVs, ranging from 16 to 65 in most cases. However, there are few exceptions to this rule. Sceptre has churned out some LED monitors that are 32, 40, 50, and 55 inches, respectively.
In conclusion, since many of the LED HDTVs and monitors are equipped with the same fundamentals – HDMI inputs, similar HD resolution, and to a lesser extent, the size – you will still gain access to the same entertainment capabilities regardless if you go with LED HDTV or monitor.

4 thoughts on “TV and Monitor: I Am So Happy to be Stuck with You

  1. ** Want to 42″ UHD TV use as UHD monitor **
    Thanks for the info in this blog post. Although some sites seem to make more of a difference between “monitor” and “TV”, your blog seems to make sense for many users… and TVs are generally less expensive.
    This is a “hot topic” for me as I purchased a new ASUS laptop last June that has 4k and UHD capability – “Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 5300”. Intel says it’s HDMI*: 4096 x 2304, 3840 x 2160 @ 24 Hz. I am waiting for my online purchase of your “Sceptre U435CV-U 42″ 4K Ultra HD 2160p 60Hz LED HDTV” to arrive at my local W-store for me to pickup in the next day or so.

    My graphics is “24 Hz”… with micro-HDMI port. I have a HDMI-micro HDMI cable. Shouldn’t this TV work in UHD, especially for productivity applications? Is there a “computer” or “PC” mode setting just for computer monitor use? Again, I’m not a gamer, strictly productivity.

    Some background. I purchased 2 other brands of 42″ UHD TVs and hooked them up. Both worked for awhile. The first brand didn’t have crystal clear text but it was adequate… but after about 10 days of use, it began to delay waking up after an overnight sleep mode… eventually taking 15 minutes! — The second brand had better looking text but after a few hours of use, it started flickering… a few momentary streaks… a quick black-out… then longer blackouts… longer blackouts up to more than 8 seconds… eventually becoming unusable. — So I have great hopes that your unit will surpass the other 2 … and I can give a great review of your product.

    Any hints for me? Do I need some “super-duper” HDMI 2.00 approved or will standard HDMI work? Any tips for optimizing the setup for my application and avoiding problems like I had with the other 2 brands?

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Hey Ron! Thanks for your comment! UHD is 3840×2160. Your Intel HD Graphics 5300 is capped at 24 hz for 4k. The TV supports 3840×2160 at 30 hz and 60hz, primarily. There are no settings for PC mode under HDMI. A standard HDMI cable should work but to be sure you will need the cable to be HDMI2.0 to support 4k at 60hz or HDMI 1.4a to support 4k at 30hz. Keep in mind this is a TV first and a possible presentation monitor second so there are no power saving schemes. You cannot leave it idle like a monitor and wait for power saving modes to close the TV. There is a possibility that the TV will wake up to no signal sign rather than your desktop. Hope this was helpful, feel free to reach out if you have anymore questions!


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