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How to choose a TV tuner monitor

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A TV tuner monitor is essentially a conventional PC monitor equipped with a tuner for television broadcasting. This type often features in-built speakers and some models include a remote control.

How to choose a monitor with TV tuner
Pros and cons
  • Supports television broadcasting
  • Often equipped with two or more tuners
  • TV broadcasts can be watched when your PC is off
  • In-built speakers
  • Usually includes TV remote control
  • More expensive compared to normal monitors with similar image quality

Frequently asked questions when choosing a TV tuner monitor

How to choose a tuner?

When choosing a TV tuner monitor, first consider the type of TV broadcast you are planning to watch. DVB-T/T2 is designed for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, while DVB-S/S2 serves for receiving satellite television broadcasts. If you use cable, make sure to choose a monitor with a DVB-C tuner. Also check if your location has the right broadcast coverage. The monitor is connected to an antenna, satellite, or cable television outlet via a coaxial (antenna) cable.

How large should my monitor be?

The larger the monitor, the more workspace you get. When choosing the size, consider your budget and preferences. Also take into account the amount of time you spend at the computer. If you are an occasional PC user, buy a 19" monitor or larger. If you use it daily, choose a monitor at least 22" in size.


TIP: Choose a monitor with adjustable height and eyestrain reducing technologies (Flicker Free and Low Blue Light) if you work long hours.

What resolution should I choose?

Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more work or gaming space it provides. Resolution and size go hand in hand. The larger the monitor, the greater maximum resolution you need. See below for some tips on the size-resolution ratio:

Under 20" - XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) or higher

21" and more - Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) or higher

What panel type should I choose?

The panel type has a large impact on the overall properties of the monitor. IPS and S-IPS panels provide the most realistic colour reproduction and widest viewing angles (up to 178° horizontally and vertically). Compared to TN panel monitors, however, they are more expensive and their response times are generally worse. TN monitors have response times reaching mere 1 ms. Monitors with PVA and MVA panels are somewhere in between when it comes to image quality and price. They have better colour reproduction and are cheaper compared to IPS and S-IPS displays.

Glossy, matte, or anti-glare coating?

Glossy screens provide the most vivid and realistic colours. The downside is that they reflect light from all around them, which means their readability becomes really poor under sunlight. In contrast, matte screens reflect almost no ambient light. Their colour reproduction is not as good and does not seem as realistic. Anti-glare coating achieves a certain compromise between glossy and matte surfaces. Anti-glare screens remain readable under sunlight and their colours are more vivid compared to matte displays.

What connectors should my monitor have?

To connect a monitor, you need to have at least one matching video connector on your PC. If not, the two devices will be incompatible.

The basic visual connector is analogue D-SUB (VGA). You can find it in older computers (or older graphics cards). Compared to other connectors, it provides inferior image quality. New computers or graphics cards generally feature digital DVI or HDMI ports, which provide a more stable image and better and more vibrant colours. The more expensive models are also being increasingly equipped with DisplayPort. It can transmit uncompressed images in very high quality.

Monitor connectors - VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort

Monitors with TV tuner

  • Monitor and TV in one device
  • Watch TV without turning on your PC
Monitors with TV tuners

Important Parameters

diagonal display

Display Size

Denotes the distance between the opposite upper and lower corners of the monitor. Listed in inches. Larger displays are generally easier to read. When choosing the size, consider how much time you spend at the computer.

Recommended display size:
If you are an occasional PC user, buy a 19" monitor or larger.
If you use it daily, choose a monitor at least 22" in size or larger.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio

Movies, videos, and TV programmes are filmed/produced in widescreen resolutions. Choose a monitor with a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9 or 21:9.

maximum resolution

Maximum Resolution

The number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed on a monitor. Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more work or gaming space it provides. For TV tuner monitors, the recommended maximum resolution is at least HD Ready.

Listed below are the most common maximum resolutions for monitors with TV tuners:

Resolution

Pixels

HD Ready

1366 × 768

Full HD

1920 × 1080

WQHD

2560 × 1440

refresh rate

Refresh Rate

The number of frames per second a monitor can display. Listed in Hz. Monitors with higher refresh rates provide a smoother image and cause less eyestrain. Most modern monitors have a refresh rate of 60-75 Hz, though gaming monitors can have much more. You should choose a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 60 Hz.

viewing angles

Viewing Angles

The viewing angle is the maximum angle from which you can view images on the display without experiencing colour or contrast distortion. Larger viewing angles are obviously better. Viewing angles depend on the type of the monitor. Monitors with IPS and S-IPS panels have the best viewing angles (up to 178 degrees), while PVA and MVA displays are doing slightly worse. The smallest viewing angles are found in TN monitors.

Glossary - Monitors

TV Tuner

TV tuner is a component that receives and decodes television signal and allows you to tune in TV channels on your TV, monitor, or other device. TV tuners are divided according to the type of the received television signal they receive:

1) DVB-T/T2 - tuner for receiving digital terrestrial TV broadcasting,
2) DVB-S/S2 - tuner for receiving satellite television broadcasts,
3) DVB-C - tuner for cable television reception.

Low Blue Light

Low Blue Light technology (also known as BlueLightFilter) reduces the harmful blue light spectrum, reducing eye strain and tiredness.

Flicker Free

Flicker Free (also known as Flicker Less) is a technology that aims to eliminate unwanted and annoying screen flicker in LCD and LED monitors. Flicker can cause eye strain and, in extreme cases, may also damage your eyesight.

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