Can a TV be used as a computer monitor? Yes, and the results can be stunning

TV as a computer monitor
(Image credit: Panasonic)

With the best monitors for photo editing and the best video editing monitors costing as much - if not more - than a decent big-screen 4K TV, you may well have thought: can I use a TV for a computer monitor? The answer is more than likely: YES!

Not only that, but using a TV as a computer monitor is also easy, and the results can be eye-poppingly impressive. The gap between low standard-definition TV resolution and high-res computer monitors used to rule out using a TV as a computer monitor - the image quality would be too soft to read small buttons and menus. But that's a thing of the past thanks to 4K TVs now being commonplace, and able to give a computing experience just as sharp as you'd get from a conventional computer monitor.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.