There are usually differences between TVs and computer monitors that can drive someone not to get the cheapest 4k panel on the market. Right off the bat there are two big ones - the Seiki panel is 39", which gives it 89 PPI which is lower than most desktop panels right now.It's actually 127 PPI, which is better than 2160 x 1440 27".
Additionally, 39" is way huge for a desk, and a lot of people (myself included) are uncomfortable with sustained reading from 4'+ view distances to be able to keep such a monster screen in view.I have one of these monitors and I basically use it as if it were 2 screens next to each other, or maybe even 3. I only look at 1/3 to 1/2 of the screen at a time, which makes the whole experience comfortable. It's extremely nice to have my coding window on the left third with my design doc in the middle third, I just look a little to the right and I can check my design doc and move a little more and I can see whatever references/research I might also have up. You don't need to see the whole screen at once.
Second, the response times on most TVs are atrocious for real time interactivity such as with a computer. The panel on newegg doesn't specify its response time, but most tvs are usually 20ms+ at best, whereas a good TN panel should be below 8ms, and for something top end and expensive like this 2 - 5ms. I notice the difference, at least.
That is before the deal breaker of 30hz on the Seikii, of course.Without a doubt this is true. Whenever I use it I have to readjust to the mouse almost bouncing around the screen. I hate it and can't wait to get 60Hz. But, you can be pretty sure that this monitor is also 30Hz because they don't mention a refresh rate on their website.
Here's hoping!I do agree that this is all a price ringaround of fixing, and in two years and with more competition the entry level 4k market will fall through the floor like SSDs did in 2011-2012.