Should you get a TV or monitor for sim racing?

If you're into gaming, you've probably asked yourself 'should you get a TV or a monitor for sim racing?' Fortunately, we're here to help you figure out the answer.

We've put together this guide to talk you through some of the pros and cons of each device before giving our overall verdict on which we think is best for racing.

Without further delay, let's begin with the price...

TV or monitor - Price

One of the most important factors you're probably considering is which of the two is cheaper, however, the answer isn't so straightforward given the wide variety of models to choose from.

Generally speaking, a mid-range 4K monitor, like this LG Ultragear featured in our best monitors for racing list, will be cheaper than a comparable 4K TV from the same manufacture, for example, this LG OLED C1 48” TV.

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However, you do get a larger screen and a few extra features for your cash with a TV like the ability to watch television and, if you choose a smart TV, you can stream movies, watch YouTube videos, and even screen share from your smartphone on some devices.

With that being said, if you choose a smaller sized 4K TV, like this Samsung 32" Q60A, then you'll likely find the price to be similarly matched to a comparably sized gaming monitor.

TV or monitor - Size

As previously touched on, TVs generally come in a wider variety of bigger sizes, meaning they should be more beneficial if you're looking for something to use for more than just sim racing.

That's not to say that you can't pick up a large monitor though. For example, this Samsung Odyssey G9 is an impressive 49" thanks to its ultra-wide, curved display which should completely immerse you in the racing action.

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With that being said, if you own one of the best sim racing seats or have a full cockpit setup, then you may find the smaller sizes of gaming monitors to be more favourable as they're more likely to fit neatly onto your desk or racing rig stand.

TV or monitor - Refresh rate and response time

One of the biggest upsides to choosing a gaming monitor over a TV is that it typically comes with a higher refresh rate and response time which is vital for keeping up with the fast-paced action of racing games, and ensuring your gaming experience is stutter-free.

For example, this ASUS ROG Swift features a hugely impressive 360hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. By comparison, the majority of modern TVs will either come with a 60 or 120hz refresh rate which should still be suitable for racing, but is not as fast as some of the mid to high-end gaming monitors.

Should you get a TV or monitor for sim racing?

Ultimately, the decision will come down to your preference and needs, however, in our opinion, a gaming monitor will offer a great gaming experience for serious sim racers thanks to its typically quicker response time and higher refresh rate.

With that being said, if you're a more casual racer looking for something to lay back and use for gaming in the living room perhaps, then a more versatile TV may be the device to go with.

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