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misterblack 113 19 March 24, 2016 at 09:18 AM More Amazon Deals
I'm trying to find a good deal on a 4K TV to use as a computer monitor (as well as a TV)

I'm just having problems finding one that supports Chroma 4:4:4 4k at 60hz or above, which is the gold standard requirement for using a tv as a monitor. Without it, text appears blurry and fuzzy. I work on spreadsheets all day long, so I can't take a chance in this regard.

At the moment, I'm leaning towards the Philips 40" 4k monitor (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-BDM...op?ie=UTF8)
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generally people don't use tvs as monitors because of the total lag.

it's fine for video and stuff, but it's annoying when you're working on it.
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I'm trying to find a good deal on a 4K TV to use as a computer monitor.

I'm just having problems finding one that supports Chroma 4:4:4 at 60hz or above, which is the gold standard requirement for using a tv as a monitor. I work on spreadsheets all day long, so I can't take a chance in this regard.

At the moment, I'm leaning towards the Philips 40" 4k monitor (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-BDM...op?ie=UTF8)

Can't take a chance with spreadsheets? When did spreadsheets equate to the requirement for 4k on a PC? I could see if you were doing CAD, Photo/imaging, gaming, but to add a bunch of numbers up? Your money, but you are paying a premium for no reason whatsoever if all you are doing is Excel.
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Can't take a chance with spreadsheets? When did spreadsheets equate to the requirement for 4k on a PC? I could see if you were doing CAD, Photo/imaging, gaming, but to add a bunch of numbers up? Your money, but you are paying a premium for no reason whatsoever if all you are doing is Excel.
If you're staring at a monitor all day, it's worth it to get a good one. 4k means sharp text with very little aliasing, which is easier on the eyes. It's really hard to go back to low DPI monitors after working in high DPI.

FWIW 4:2:2/4:2:0 is complete crap for rendering text, and 30Hz is just laggy and painful.
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If you're staring at a monitor all day, it's worth it to get a good one. 4k means sharp text with very little aliasing, which is easier on the eyes. It's really hard to go back to low DPI monitors after working in high DPI.

FWIW 4:2:2/4:2:0 is complete crap for rendering text, and 30Hz is just laggy and painful.
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If you're staring at a monitor all day, it's worth it to get a good one. 4k means sharp text with very little aliasing, which is easier on the eyes. It's really hard to go back to low DPI monitors after working in high DPI.

FWIW 4:2:2/4:2:0 is complete crap for rendering text, and 30Hz is just laggy and painful.
You seem to understand exactly what I'm looking for. Know of any deals on a 4k tv that supports Chroma 4:4:4 4k at 60hz? These other guys here don't seem to understand that the point of getting a TV instead of a monitor is two-fold: 1) it costs less, 2) you can use it as a monitor OR a TV. Either way, if you're going to buy one, it should show ALL content perfectly, including spreadsheets. Text on tv's that don't support chroma appears blurry and fuzzy: spreadsheets are the worst.

I've had friends who bought TVs and used them as monitors and they were overjoyed with the results. The key is for it to support chroma 4:4:4 4k at 60hz.
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First of all, is your video card even capable of the 3,840x2,160 resolution used by 4K TVs?

Some useful links:
How to use your 4K TV as a monitor [cnet.com]
Best TVs For PC Monitors - Winter 2016 [rtings.com]
Don't Buy the Hype on using 4K TV as a computer monitor [itworld.com]
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You seem to understand exactly what I'm looking for. Know of any deals on a 4k tv that supports Chroma 4:4:4 4k at 60hz? These other guys here don't seem to understand that the point of getting a TV instead of a monitor is two-fold: 1) it costs less, 2) you can use it as a monitor OR a TV. Either way, if you're going to buy one, it should show ALL content perfectly, including spreadsheets. Text on tv's that don't support chroma appears blurry and fuzzy: spreadsheets are the worst.

I've had friends who bought TVs and used them as monitors and they were overjoyed with the results. The key is for it to support chroma 4:4:4 4k at 60hz.
Sorry, I use a regular display port monitor, so I don't know the specifics too well. I prefer a smaller sharper display to something tv sized. My bias against cheap TVs as monitors comes from those cheap 30Hz 4k Seikis that people were using a few years ago, but things have been improving since.

I would also worry about input lag, as someone mentions up thread. TVs do a bit of preprocessing that can take a couple frames. I think there's usually some kind of "gaming mode" to disable this, but this is all second hand info.
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Do you have a size requirement? There was a front page deal on a 28'' 4k monitor for $300 just the other day, and I see 'em pop up more than once a month.

If you're looking for something quite large (how I'm interpreting your request for a TV rather than a monitor) you wouldn't go wrong with a Samsung JU6500 or above. The 6500 is the cheapest model with 4k@60hz 4:4:4 chroma.

I'm sure Vizio has something for a little less expensive, but I don't know model numbers.

Good luck on your search.
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Just get 2 or 3 monitor setup
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