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    Default Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    I feel it is time to change from my trusty but old Philips CRT monitor, and buy a new LCD one. I am taken by the idea of buying a TV that can double as a monitor. But would these give the same quality for computer work as a straight monitor without TV?
    Also are dead pixels much of an issue these days, as they were several years ago? I don't want to buy a screen and have this problem.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    Dead pixels can still happen even on new out of the box LCd's but that's what the warranty is for. Don't know about monitor/TV's never used one

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    I'd buy a normal LCD monitor and a TV tuner. It'll probably work out cheaper.

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    An LCD TV won't have nearly the resolution of a monitor of the same size so your picture will look pretty bad.

    A TV tuner & decent monitor would be the better option.

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    What size tv are you looking to get?
    the best 32" lcd screens have only a resolution of 1920x1080

    24" monitors have a resolution of 1920x1200, whlie 30" monitors have a resolution of 2560 x 1600, so it will depend on what you actually do with your computer. I would have expected an actual monitor would be better for things like writing documents, coding etc as the image will be substantially sharper due to the higher pixel pitch

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    If the LCD TV is anything like my 22" one then using it as a PC monitor would be downright awful.

    Use a PC monitor for computer work and put a TV card in your computer to get the best of both worlds.

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    Thanks for the advice.
    TV isn't all that important to me,
    so may treat myself to just a monitor.
    I wonder what Acer monitors are like?
    DSE seems to have a few.
    Are new monitors easy to set up,
    and will they work with Windows XP & Me?
    (I use the two computers with a KVM switch)

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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    Acer are pretty horrible quality (as most people here will tell you)

    At least, I hear that all the time about their laptops. Not sure about the monitors though.

    Monitors are one of the easiest things to install.

    1) plug it in
    2) set your resolution/refresh rate accordingly (if needed)
    3) use it

    A separate TV tuner card would be best if you ever did want TV, then you can record to your hard drive as well as do timeshifting etc
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    Default Re: Buying a straight monitor, or TV come monitor, which is better?

    What size monitor are you thinking of getting? I am very happy with my 20" Viewsonic LCD widescreen monitor. An online store such as Ascent has a large selection of monitors to choose from.

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