Need a TV/LCD for College

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  1. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Hello.

    I really don't know much about LCD monitors and LCD TV's and what the difference is besides the ratio, but I'm wondering if you all could help.

    I will be recieving a MBP soon, and would like to have the 17" screen and another montitor working together. To save space, but to be able to play my games/watch movies I'd like a TV to. So my question is this: Is there any LCD monitors/LCD TV's that could do both act as a monitor to use for dual monitoring and to use seperatly as a TV that is under or around 500 (under better).
     
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    Or even LCD computer monitors that I could hook my Gamecube/Xbox to and maybe satelite. Anyone know of anything out there?
     
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    OH that'd be awesome except its 1699... I'm trying to stay at around 500 if not less...
     
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    I've got the 40" black version of that LCD HDTV hooked up to my iMac and it isn't in the OP's $400 price range. ;)

    A Dell 2007FPW seems like a pretty good compromise. They are ~$400 and with DVI/VGA, composite and S-video inputs it should perform very nicely and have much higher resolution when used with a computer than any LCD sold primarliy as a TV.

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    Ooo awesome. I'll check it out. Will the images look ok? I''ve read a few people hooking up comps/satelites/games to LCD's and one or the other not working well (like not fitting on the screen).
     
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    You'll always have a problem when the source and screen resolution don't match, but the flipside is that when you get an LCD that's optimized for TV you end up with a resolution won't be very useful for use with a computer. (Resolutions of ~640x480 to 800x600 and similar are common in smaller <20" screens).

    This effect is less noticeable when the resolutions are close, or at least close to a multiple. The Dell 2007 is 1680x1050 pixels so it's a pretty good fit to 720x480 video from a DVD with a 2x2 pixel, and most satellite programming is 480x480 native, so again not a bad fit at 2x2.

    Two downsides: 1680x1050 isn't full 1080p HDTV compatible, but then again neither is my 1360x768 HDTV. No speakers, you'd have to add your own.

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  8. poppe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah.. wise one of the LCD's...

    Well HDTV isn't in demand, and I don't mind if watching the TV if the show is a square, but the LCD screen itself is a box. I just dont want to be trying to play smash bros and can't see parts, or emailing/whatever and can't see my finder or something...
     
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    Scratch everything I said.

    See if you can find/afford the $500 Samsung LN-S1952W it's the new 19" version of the TV I have and since it sports a 1440x900 screen it'll be fine. I have no issues watching satellite TV on my 40" with lower resolution from the composite inputs.

    http://www.samsung.com/Products/TV/LCDTV/LNS1952WXXAA.asp

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    How will OS X look on it? Thats about the same res as the MB no?
     
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    It's the same resolution as my 17" iMac, and higher resolution tham my 40", on which OS X looks fine too.

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    OS X looks fine on any monitor, I doubt there'll be cropping as the display automatically adjusts. It looks fine on my Dell 2005FPW at 1680x1050.
     
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    I find it a bit cramped on my iBook at 1024x768 which is in part why I was trying to steep poppe away from lower resolution screens. (The extra width on the HDTV almost makes up for it.)

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    Save your money, don't be spending it on fancy LCDs. You'll be finding that even Milwaukee's Best gets expensive in the quantities you'll be drinking it ;)
     
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    haha yeah... specially since I'm more of a hard drinker... I was thinking about saving my money... but then how will I play drunk Smash bros? How I ask you?...
     

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