lcd tv as computer monitor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by billyboy, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    We are looking for a 24" something to watch tv and use with our computers. The choice in th estores is huge and just wondered about personal experience of whether there is a product that does it all?
     
  2. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    It depends on the t.v. Can you provide a link of your considerations and maybe a MR member has the t.v, in which they can recommend.

    Just make sure the lcd has a DVI input and you should be fine. Also keep in mind the resolution is generally low :)
     
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    Must LCD TVs in the affordable range will be poor computer monitors.
    We went the other way, got a Dell 2405 and use it as a TV. Video source is the DVD/VCR with a tuner (never use the tuner anyway) via component. Audio goes through the stereo so there's no problem with the monitor not having speakers. Picture is great.
     
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    yeah i got me a Sharp 23" LCD (LD-23SH1U) TV ready HDTV ready screen off of Woot.com a while back for about $650. I've been really happy with the picture quality and its got DVI/VGA/Component/Composite connections in the back. I love it!! Hooked it up to an Intel Mac Mini a while back and the image quality was just astonishing, I loved how Front Row looked on it.
     
  5. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    BestBuy recently had a sale on a 42" 1080p LCD TV. The resolution was 1920x1080 so pretty reasonable. $1500 is a lot for a monitor, but not if you want to enjoy it from 5 or 6 feet away.

    The sale is over, but here's a link if you're curious.
     
  6. billyboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That Sharp sounds like a great deal and would fit the bill, especially if it looks good hooked up to a computer. A 23 inch computer monitor for that money sounds amazing.

    Does the Dell (is that the one that sells for a grand more or less?) have blurry images with video or is that a criticism in the reviews I have read where tele-philes are just being ultra picky? I am not ultra picky btw!

    I know we all want the best of all worlds for a few bucks, but basically I dont want to spend good money on something and feel like it was great for one thing but a huge compromise for another ie end up not using a tv as a computer monitor because it really sucks compared to a half decent dedicated monitor. If there is anything that compares to a Powerbook screen and is a tv too, bring it on!
     
  7. whawhat macrumors 6502

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    toeknee,

    how is your mac hooked up to your sharp? my bro has a sharp 23" tv and a powermac g5 and was not sure which connection to use.....i am guessing the best choice is DVI to DVI?

    thanks
     
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    I've done the LCD TV as a display before...

    ...I purchased a Dell 19" Widescreen LCD Television - and, although the color quality was terrific, the resolution was pathetically lower than my MacBook Pro.

    After a few months, I went ahead and purchased a 20.1" Widescreen Viewonic Monitor, and use the LCD TV for...TV.
     
  10. Toeknee macrumors regular

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    I agree that the rez isnt the best in the world but just the multifunction ability of the monitor is pretty cool. The Apple 23" cinema display has a great rez than my 23", I know this but im still happy with my monitor.
     

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