Last updated: August 10, 2021

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Welcome to our big TFT monitor test 2021. Here we present all the TFT monitors we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best TFT monitor for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a TFT monitor.




Summary

  • TFT monitors can be used for a wide variety of activities. It is therefore crucial that you know the purpose for which you want to use your monitor before you buy it.
  • Depending on the purpose of the monitor, you will need different components regarding picture quality, efficiency and response time. Based on this, the price of a TFT monitor can vary greatly.
  • While the gaming TFT monitor tends to be in the upper price range, the surveillance monitor tends to be in the lower mid-range. In this respect, don't be surprised if you encounter high discrepancies in terms of price.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a TFT monitor

What does "TFT monitor" actually mean?

The TFT in "TFT Monitor" stands for Thin Film Transistor and is a specific subcategory of LCD monitors. This technology replaced the tube technology you may remember from older TVs.

TFT monitors are a subcategory of LCD monitors. They have a very good resolution and usually an extremely low response time. (Image source: unsplash.com / Niclas Illg)

Nowadays, most LCD monitors use this technology. This means that most LCD monitors are also TFT monitors.

Therefore, it is often difficult to distinguish between them in any way.

Is a TFT monitor suitable for you?

In principle, the TFT monitor is suitable for everyone.

Above all, however, it is the right monitor model for you if you only want to use the TFT monitor from time to time, but still want to be convinced by flexible viewing angles and low power costs.

In addition, TFT monitors are suitable for gaming because they are extremely flicker-free. Because of these advantages, this monitor technology can also be found in some mobile phones.

So if you rarely plan to use your monitor or only for certain activities, such as surveillance or gaming, a TFT monitor is for you.

You don't have to dig too deep into your pocket and still get solid quality.

You can purchase your TFT monitor in a wide range of sizes. The range extends from 7 to 40 inches. So from a small display in your smartphone or car to a TV monitor.

What does a TFT monitor cost?

The price range is from 20€ to 300€. It depends on which "belly parts" and components you need and want in your TFT monitor.

It is difficult to give a general answer here, as the price can be lowered or raised by various purchase criteria.

Gaming Car Surveillance
150-300€ 20-80€ 60-130€

It is important to distinguish what you would like to use your TFT monitor for. This will result in different requirements in terms of picture quality, size and response time.

What can you use your TFT monitor for?

You can use a TFT monitor in different sizes for a wide variety of things. Here we have compiled a list of the most common applications.

  • Car monitor and rear view camera
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Gaming
  • Laptop connection

As mentioned above, the price of your TFT monitor depends on the field of application in which you want to use it. It is therefore crucial that you are aware of what you want to use your TFT monitor for.

What are the alternatives to the TFT monitor?

As already mentioned, the TFT monitor replaced the CRT monitor. However, this was several years ago and a newer technology has developed in the meantime, the so-called LED technology.

LCD/TFT monitors use so-called "fluorescent tubes" to illuminate the liquid crystals in the screen.

Advantages
  • Faster brightness change
  • Sharper contrast
  • Narrower
  • More efficient
Disadvantages
  • More expensive
  • Uneven illumination

The newer LED monitors, on the other hand, use what are called "light-emitting diodes" to shine light on the liquid crystals inside the screen. This is the biggest difference between the LCD/TFT and the LED monitor.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate TFT monitors

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate TFT monitors. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular TFT monitor is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Picture quality
  • Screen size
  • Energy consumption
  • Response time
  • Features

Picture quality

Picture quality in this case refers to the sharpness and clarity of the images that the TFT monitor transmits. In recent years, Full HD has been the measure of all things in this area.

Full HD means something like a video resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, or often called "1080p". Blu-rays, for example, are also played back in this format.

Most TFT monitors have a resolution of 1920 × 1080 to 1920 × 1200 pixels, i.e. Full HD. Older models sometimes only have a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels.

A TFT monitor is characterised by its good picture quality. (Image source: unsplash.com / Alexandru Acea)

This purchase criterion decreases and increases in importance depending on how you want to use your TFT monitor.

If you only want to use it as a surveillance monitor or as a rear view camera in your car, it does not matter too much what resolution your TFT monitor has.

However, if you want to use your new TFT monitor for gaming, I advise you to pay attention to the picture quality, as this can have a significant impact on your gaming experience.

A factor that also significantly influences the picture quality is the size of the monitor. This topic is the basis for the next purchase criterion.

Screen size

The screen size is a decisive purchase criterion, as the price depends on it to a large extent.

The size of the screen varies depending on where it is used. (Image source: pixabay.com / JESHOOTS-com)

In the table below, we have summarised the places of use and the corresponding typical TFT monitor sizes for you.

Gaming Car Surveillance
20-30 inch 4-13 inch 10-20 inch

Energy consumption

Energy consumption is a decisive purchase criterion, as it can also lead to additional costs after the purchase.

Furthermore, the aspect of environmental friendliness plays a decisive role here, which can reduce or increase the attractiveness of a product.

The built-in components play a key role here. One of the most decisive points is the size of your TFT monitor.

25-30 inch 15-20 inch 5-7 inch
30-50 Watt 15-30 Watt 5-10 Watt

Response time

The response time of a TFT monitor is often expressed in milliseconds (ms). It describes the time it takes for a pixel to change its state.

The TFT/LCD monitor has a great advantage here because each pixel is directly controlled by a transistor.

Nevertheless, the individual TFT monitors differ in their reaction times. This means that you must again be aware of what you need your TFT monitor for and how important this element is to you.

Many users use the TFT monitor for gaming. Due to its low response time, it is ideally suited for creating an optimal gaming experience. (Image source: unsplash.com / Sean Do)

If you primarily intend to use your TFT monitor for gaming, we recommend that you choose a TFT monitor with a low response time.

If, on the other hand, you want to use a TFT monitor for monitoring your home, it doesn't matter much whether the response time is one or four ms.

Features

In addition to the buying criteria mentioned above, you should always pay attention to what features your new TFT monitor should have. For example, some TFT monitors have an integrated speaker, while others do not.

Furthermore, not all TFT monitors have the common connection ports to connect your new monitor to your laptop, in the car or to your security cameras.

The most diverse connection options are the following:

  • HDMI
  • DVI
  • VGA
  • D-SUB
  • Headphone jack

Again, it depends on your personal preferences. If you want to install your monitor in a car, you must make sure that the required connections are available.

Furthermore, your new TFT monitor must meet the size requirements of your car. You can either ask directly in the shop or search the Internet for information on this.

In any case, you should clarify before buying which connections you would like to have and which are obligatory. Based on this, this purchase criterion should not be underestimated.

Facts worth knowing about TFT monitors

What do you do if your TFT monitor is broken?

Despite the longevity of a TFT monitor, it can happen that it breaks down and suffers a defect either through your own fault or through technical failure.

If this happens, the first thing you have to consider is whether it makes sense to repair the TFT monitor or to buy a new one.

If you decide to repair it, we recommend that you leave this to a professional.

The most common cause of problems is a defective backlight. To repair this, you need to intervene inside the monitor. You could cut a cable by moving it the wrong way and make the damage even worse.

If you want to repair your TFT monitor, it is best to get advice from the place where you bought the monitor.

We therefore strongly advise you not to repair the monitor on your own if you are not 100% sure how best to proceed.

Instead, you could check where you bought your TFT monitor and ask if someone there can help you.

What is the best way to clean your TFT monitor?

To preserve your TFT monitor for a long time, we advise you to clean your monitor regularly.

The prerequisites for this are a microfibre cloth and a cleaning spray. You can easily find these products on the Internet.

To make cleaning your TFT monitor as easy as possible, we have created a list that you can follow step by step.

This will help you clean your new or old TFT monitor so that you can use it again in full working order.

  1. Shut down your TFT monitor properly
  2. Disconnect the monitor from any power sources
  3. Spray the cleaning cloth with your cleaning spray
  4. Now wipe the cloth gently over your screen
  5. Then take a dry cloth and wipe the monitor again
  6. Wait 10 minutes and then switch on your TFT monitor again

Image source: unsplash.com / Niclas Illg

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