In this age of dirt-cheap HDTVs, you might think there can be only one winner. After all, how do you argue with something like a cheapo 40-inch 4K TV on sale for something ridiculous like $300? In terms of absolute wallop for your wallet, you don’t. However, the affordability of the latest HDTVs happily has a knock-on effect for the PC monitor market as a whole.
For instance, there are several monitors that are essentially 4K TVs repackaged and fitted out with electronics more suitable for PCs. Such screens are far cheaper than they otherwise would be, thanks to the huge volumes in which those big HDTV panels are cranked out. More generally, HDTV production on an epic scale pushes down the price of LCD panel tech, and has shifted expectations when it comes to the resolutions of cheaper screens. In short, 4K has become the norm thanks to HDTVs, not PC monitors.
As for projectors, they don’t really get a look in when it comes to value. Big, bold, and cinematic they may well be, but when even the cheapest true 4K projector costs thousands of dollars, a beamer isn’t even in the running when it comes to bang for buck. Winner: HDTV