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Guerilla Surgeon
20-02-2010, 11:14 AM
I like to see two pages of Microsoft Word at once when I work. I was thinking of getting a bigger screen, so that I can see it without mucking around with the size too much. When I get to the shop the guy says you can use any TV screen as a computer screen now. Sounds great I could get a cheapish 32 inch or 26 inch LCD, and use that? It sounds too good to be true are there any drawbacks?

wainuitech
20-02-2010, 11:20 AM
You would be better off going the other way - using a computer screen as a TV combined. LCD Computer screens are far cheaper than TV LCD's.

Our media center has a 32" Wide Screen TV, the TV is fine, the Computer side is OK, but not that great, I wouldn't like to try and work on it, Eg: Word Documents or spread sheets - its mainly used for playing DVD's / Movies and Music on the computer side..

Guerilla Surgeon
20-02-2010, 11:24 AM
Sorry, could you be a bit more specific :-)? Particularly about the computer side being okay but not that great. Larger size computer screens also seemed to be very expensive, I'm speaking of 23 inch and above here. Compared to a 32 inch TV which I can pick up for about $650.

pctek
20-02-2010, 11:28 AM
Because TVs then to be way lower resolution than monitors.

Trev
20-02-2010, 12:39 PM
You won't get the same resolution on a big screen TV as with a big monitor. Your text on the big screen TV would look fuzzy.
:)

Guerilla Surgeon
20-02-2010, 03:16 PM
AH. Dammit. Thanks.

Driftwood
20-02-2010, 04:37 PM
You could use 2 monitors.

hueybot3000
21-02-2010, 01:59 PM
My 37" LCD @ 1920x1080 is just a clear with text as my 22" monitor @ 1680x1050.

As long as you go full hd on the tv itl look fine, just have to pay the extra bucks

Blam
21-02-2010, 02:40 PM
You won't get the same resolution on a big screen TV as with a big monitor. Your text on the big screen TV would look fuzzy.
:)

Not neccessarily....many TVs are above 720p resolution these days..(lots of 1080p TVs too)

I agree with hueybot - A TV of the same resolution and screen size as a monitor would cost much more due to the extra ports, which are unneeded unless you plan to use it as a TV.

You can easily get a 23.5" decent Full HD for around $300

Viewsonic, Samsung and LG are good.

Blam

Cato
21-02-2010, 05:52 PM
Kinda goes against the point of resolution. Most TVs are 1080p these days anyway, BUT it's still the same amount of visibility...
Which is just a waste of space, IMO.

I wouldn't particularly want it that big. Not if you are going to be within 5m of the screen.
But meh, to each his own.

narutophantom
22-02-2010, 04:53 PM
You could use 2 monitors.
+1 for this, tried using a 40" LCD TV as a monitor once and I found it really hard to focus on work. I use 2 monitors sometimes and it is much easier to concentrate.

Deimos
22-02-2010, 08:04 PM
I would say that some TVs would make good computer monitors but you really can't get a cheap one, for example, I recently purchased a Samsung 40" full HD LCD TV, and it is fantastic at displaying text if you want to surf the net however the set cost $2k which is not cheap at all.
On the other hand I got myself a couple of 24" LCD monitors for my main PC which are also full HD (they even have HDMI input) and you can pick up a cheap one for around $400 which is not bad at all.

Blam
22-02-2010, 08:08 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=9964/SID=1059132209/productdetails.html

and

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=257/ID=9954/SID=1059132209/productdetails.html

are pretty good deals..

Driftwood
22-02-2010, 08:14 PM
Should grab one of those myself. Which one would be better for FSX?

Blam
22-02-2010, 08:16 PM
TBH Image wise you'd need to read some reviews on it, as they are almost equivalent spec wise...

Although the Viewsonic one has a faster response time, which is good for gaming(not sure are FSX though)

Blam

utopian201
23-02-2010, 10:10 AM
I'd also try to go for a 16:10 one, rather than a 16:9 one (eg 1920x1200 instead of 1920x1080). The extra vertical resolution is useful for viewing two pages side by side as it means less vertical scrolling. Even 16:10 aren't high enough to view two pages side by side as there is still a lot of wasted horizontal space. The wasted space is even more so with 16:9 screens.

CYaBro
23-02-2010, 10:23 AM
Highly recommend two smaller monitors than a say one 32" TV.
With a full HD TV you will get 1920x1080 resolution which is pretty good but with say two 22" full HD monitors you will actually have 3840x1080 of usuable desktop space which would be much better for two pages of MS Word or whatever.

Agent_24
23-02-2010, 01:11 PM
If you want to actually read the document you are typing, you need a PC monitor - because that's what they are designed for.

A TV is not designed for this, and will not give clear text.

There is another option though: An LCD Monitor with TV tuner built in. This will provide readable text display AND a TV ability...

Zippity
23-02-2010, 02:31 PM
A4 is not the "standard" US paper size - "Letter" is :(

sroby
23-02-2010, 05:05 PM
Win Text looks pretty bad on TV , unless designed to be viewed on a TV (ie HTPC apps)

Even on my 1080p win text looks poor.
May be to do with pixels being a differnt shape???

Agent_24
23-02-2010, 05:16 PM
Also the pixels are a lot larger too, usually.

Deimos
24-02-2010, 01:38 AM
If you want to actually read the document you are typing, you need a PC monitor - because that's what they are designed for.

A TV is not designed for this, and will not give clear text.

There is another option though: An LCD Monitor with TV tuner built in. This will provide readable text display AND a TV ability...

I don't agree, my Samsung 40" LCD TV over HDMI at 1080P displays text better than either of my 24" PC monitors and has way better contrast ratio, but as I mentioned, it was a $2k TV, not really an option of an office PC when you can get dual 24" monitors for under $800