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Windows 7: TV Vs. Computer Monitor?

03 Mar 2013   #1
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
TV Vs. Computer Monitor?

I want to upgrade my monitor and saw this TV that has a computer input.

FRYS.com*|*Coby
(I wouldn't buy Coby, but something similar)

I also am looking at this monitor (when it again becomes available.)

ASUS VE278Q 27 Widescreen Full HD LED Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 16:9, 10000000:1 Dynamic, 2ms, Integrated Speakers, DVI, VGA, HDMI at TigerDirect.com

Also looking at this one:
http://www.frys.com/product/6980027


Can I get good screen resolution with a TV, or should I stick to a monitor?

Thanks,

Paul


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03 Mar 2013   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I do believe you'll get a better resolution on a PC monitor versus a TV with the same screen size. My 22 inch LCD monitor has a higher resolution than our 28 inch LCD TV.
I had the option of getting a TV and also using it as a PC display or putting a TV tuner card in my bedroom PC and getting a new wide screen monitor for it. I bought a 1920 x 1080p LG E2242T-BN Flat Panel monitor and the TV tuner card and haven't looked back.
It all depends on your needs though. Just compare the specs of the monitor versus TV. I spent more money going with a monitor and TV tuner card but my PC is now a DVR so I'm happy.
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03 Mar 2013   #3
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

How far do you sit away from your monitor Paul? Also, do you play games, or is it more for movies/entertainment? I am of the school that a PC should use a Computer monitor, and a TV should be used with a cable/satellite service. That's just me though.

Kelly
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03 Mar 2013   #4
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

A tv, I use my 22 inch tv on my pc and gets full 1080p and has really nice color. I say go for a tv, can have your pc hooked up and possibly other stuff. More useful then a monitor in my honest opinion.
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03 Mar 2013   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

As mentioned, distance will be key. Being as close to a HDTV it as a you would be for a monitor you can see individiual pixels and it doesnt look so good.

I have a 42" Panasonic I use for gaming. At around 6-7' or so away it looks amazing. In my case, I just used a HDMI connection and set the TV to game mode.
Then, set the HDMI mode to 100%.
By default (and I think most HDTVs do this) it uses a underscan showing only 95% of the image. great for Tv and Movies, but cuts off alot of the desktop when using as a monitor.

The PC input is just a VGA connection I believe. IMHO, your better off using HDMI.

For gaming, provided you have a decent distance form a HDTV they are very good. Better than a monitor.
Although the text does look good and sharp, I personally prefer to read on a smaller screen closer to me which is why I would say for such uses a monitor is the better option.
I only use my HDTV as a monitor for gaming.

For monitor vs TV at the same size ... really not much of a difference. But get a good quality TV @ 1080P if you go that route. At smaller sizes many are just 720P. So watch for that.
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03 Mar 2013   #6
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
How far do you sit away from your monitor Paul? Also, do you play games, or is it more for movies/entertainment? I am of the school that a PC should use a Computer monitor, and a TV should be used with a cable/satellite service. That's just me though.

Kelly
Hi Kelly,

I don't game - I sit about 20" away.
I just thought a TV might be a better choice.

I have a TV tuner, so that is not necessary.

Have you any opinion of the monitors I referenced?

Thanks,
Paul
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03 Mar 2013   #7
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
As mentioned, distance will be key. Being as close to a HDTV it as a you would be for a monitor you can see individiual pixels and it doesnt look so good.

I have a 42" Panasonic I use for gaming. At around 6-7' or so away it looks amazing. In my case, I just used a HDMI connection and set the TV to game mode.
Then, set the HDMI mode to 100%.
By default (and I think most HDTVs do this) it uses a underscan showing only 95% of the image. great for Tv and Movies, but cuts off alot of the desktop when using as a monitor.

The PC input is just a VGA connection I believe. IMHO, your better off using HDMI.

For gaming, provided you have a decent distance form a HDTV they are very good. Better than a monitor.
Although the text does look good and sharp, I personally prefer to read on a smaller screen closer to me which is why I would say for such uses a monitor is the better option.
I only use my HDTV as a monitor for gaming.

For monitor vs TV at the same size ... really not much of a difference. But get a good quality TV @ 1080P if you go that route. At smaller sizes many are just 720P. So watch for that.
Quote:
For monitor vs TV at the same size ... really not much of a difference. But get a good quality TV @ 1080P if you go that route. At smaller sizes many are just 720P. So watch for that
Thanks for that info.
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03 Mar 2013   #8
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

A computer monitor is the better choice for a computer. The picture quality will be better if you go with a 23/24" monitor over a 27".......a 23" 1920x1080 will have a higher pixel density than a 27" 1920x1080. If you want a 27" monitor, out of those you listed, go for the Asus. You can get a nice 23/24" 1080p monitor with a nicer IPS panel for a good price too....and you will DEFINITELY see a difference with that.

Take a look at this: Dell Ultrasharp I wish I had a few of these myself!
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03 Mar 2013   #9
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
A computer monitor is the better choice for a computer. The picture quality will be better if you go with a 23/24" monitor over a 27".......a 23" 1920x1080 will have a higher pixel density than a 27" 1920x1080. If you want a 27" monitor, out of those you listed, go for the Asus. You can get a nice 23/24" 1080p monitor with a nicer IPS panel for a good price too....and you will DEFINITELY see a difference with that.

Take a look at this: Dell Ultrasharp I wish I had a few of these myself!
Why would a 23" have a better pixel density than a 27" - just curious.
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03 Mar 2013   #10
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Both have a 1920x1080 resolution, so they have the exact same number of pixels......on a smaller monitor, those pixels are jammed closer together, resulting in a higher pixel density.
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