they are the same thing. The only thing that makes an LCD display a monitor or TV is whether it has a built in TV tuner. That's it. That is how the manufacturers differentiate it. You can take any LCD TV and hook up a computer, and take any LCD monitor (if it has the right connections) and hook up a cable box or game system. Yes there are monitors that have higher resolutions than any LCD TV, but there is nothing that can support those high resolutions other than your computer so it doesn't really matter. Unless you are getting a small screen, you will not find an LCD without a TV tuner anyway. Don't know what size you want or need, but your best bet is probably to get a TV depending on what you want to spend. TVs are optimized from a processing standpoint to watch TV, movies, or play games. Monitors sometimes are but most times aren't. You're not gonna find a monitor with super balck levels generally, because that is something that is more akin to movie watching, not desktop or internet browsing.