View Full Version : PC monitor vs TV

24-07-2009, 08:04 PM

Could anyone please explain to me the pros and cons of buying a computer monitor, vs just a normal LCD TV that can also be used for the computer?

Why do more people not just buy a normal LCD TV and use that as their computer monitor? Is it because of the display resolutions, or screen refresh rates, or..??

24-07-2009, 08:24 PM
Firstly, most TV screens under 32 inches are of a lower resolution than standard LCD Monitors.

They're also much more expensive, even though it has a lower resolution.

TV Monitors usually offer HDMI, RCA and COmponent, while PC Monitors usually have DVI/HDMI, VGA.


24-07-2009, 08:33 PM
PC monitors are generally cheaper than a comparable TV alternative, for example this (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=371605) (Or this (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=371808) (with HDMI and speakers) monitor is capable of displaying 1080P (aka Full HD) video with a good refresh rate and contrast ratio for a fraction of the price of a comparable TV (example (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a696fc401d5bb50273fc0a87f3b071b/Product/View/GE6475)).

Also, many people can't fit (or would struggle fitting) a 32" TV on their desk.

However, in saying that, a TV is generally larger than a monitor, and therefore easier to watch TV/DVD's on from a normal couch distance.

Speedy Gonzales
24-07-2009, 08:53 PM
And most people dont own a bank or have money to spend on an LCD TV (me) :p