1. 7on macrumors 601

    7on

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    I was thinking about saving up for a 20" ACD - but then I thought why not go HDTV?

    Any good monitor replacement HDTVs around the price of the 20" ACD? I'm not talking huge living room sets, but something to sit next to my PB and use as a monitor then click a button to watch TV. My roommate has one, but alas bought his in Japan. A nice Dell 17" for something like $400 (though I doubt I could get that deal). I was hoping 1080p as that's the closest to the 20" res, but I'd "look" at 720p models.
     
  2. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    As far as I know, only Sharp and BenQ make 1080p (native) TVs, and they're a bit more costly than an Apple 20" display.

    37" BenQ $1999 at the time of this posting
    45" Sharp $6999 at the time of this posting

    I saw a 45" Sharp 1080p model on sale at Micro Center for around $4500. I think that sale is over now though. The Great Indoors had a Sharp 1080p model for $8000. Micro Center's current sales circular (which I tossed in the trash yesterday) shows a 1280x768 TV / computer monitor for $700.
     
  3. punkbass25 macrumors member

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    to be honest you could get hte 20" dell monitor for 500 dollars maybe less, and you can get the 24" for 850-900 range.

    go to fatwallet.com and look for deals ont he 2005fpw and the 2405fpw

    both have been said to be fairly good for TV, and they can do PIP and side by side... pretty sweet i'd say... even if it is a dell.
     
  4. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

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    Add to that the cost of an HDTV tuner and for over-the-air reception, an HDTV antenna. Of course at that point you'll still be saving a lot of money compared to the BenQ and Sharp TVs.

    The only catch is that 24" is way smaller than 37" and 45", so this depends on the size of your room and how you watch TV.
     
  5. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

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    I looked at fatwallet.com's forums and found a couple of posts where people reported that the 2405fpw does not function as an HDTV monitor without extra parts (in addition to a set top HDTV tuner). Scroll down to read Mattazuma's post.

    The 2405fpw is ready for standard definition TV right out of its box, but not HDTV.
     

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