You may not know it, but depending on the size and type of panel, but there must be a distance between our eyes and the screen. The distance that must exist increases as one increases the dimensions of the screen in question. So, opting for a SmartTV as your gaming monitor can be a really bad idea.
What to keep in mind
Several factors advise against using a SmartTV as if it were a monitor for gaming (or working). The main one is distance who You must be off screen because the larger it is, the greater the distance must be. Then there are other factors, such as refresh rate or response time.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that TVs or SmartTVs are designed to be used remotely. Normally, between the sofa at home and the TV, there is usually a meter or more of distance. For Screens of 32 inches and moreit is always recommended separation Between our eyes and the screen of more than a meter. If we talk about 40-50 televisions inches, it is already recommended between 1.2 and 1.5 meters.
Keeping your distance in the living room is easy, but in the office it’s not so easy. Usually the surface of the desk usually have between 60 and 80 cm deep. Also, it is common for there to be a small distance between the back of the monitor and the wall. So if the depth is 80cm, the monitor is probably 75-70cm from our eyes.
Now if what we are going to do is connect the computer to the SmartTV that we have in the living room, no problem. The distance is more than enough and there should be no problem with eyestrain.
Other influencing factors
Although distance is the most relevant factor, refresh rate and response time they are important. Gaming monitors are designed to support high refresh rates and low response times. Currently, most of gaming monitors run between 120 and 144 Hz, at least, reaching 240 Hz or more. While the televisions they are designed to display an image, so in most cases they usually have a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz.
well it’s true that some televisions started to support AMD FreeSync, since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X use an AMD processor and graphics card. Despite everything, there are still few SmartTVs that support this technology. Support is primarily offered by LG and on some high-end TVs.
Another current problem is the response time, which is the time a pixel changes color. Mid-range monitors tend to hover between 2 and 4 ms GtG, while high-end monitors tend to hover between 1 and 2 ms or even less. For TVs, these times are typically 5ms or even longer, depending on the quality. This allows to result in blurry images or poorer color quality.
To sum up, using a SmartTV to play on PC, if it’s in the living room or a meter away, it’s fine. But if we are going to use it as a regular monitor, whether for gaming or not, what we will be doing is spoiling our eyes.