Syntax Olivia LT26HVE 26-inch LCD TV as Monitor? For $675?!?

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  1. unclepunk macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hi all,

    Pretty new to these boards and not quite a Mac user yet, but moving in that direction (have a wedding first... if thinking about to get married do the Vegas thing, your wallet will thank you!)

    While I don't have a Mac yet, I'm planning on getting one right after the honeymoon. I want to have a really nice big display and this one seems to fit the bill. Since I haven't seen anyone mention it yet, I'd like to hear if anyone has had any experience with it. Check out the specs. It seems better than the Dell 2005FPW that I've seen people review (600:1 contrast ratio) but not as good as the new 24" (which has a 1000:1 contrast ratio). Another thing, would a 26" monitor be *TOO* big? Opinions? They actually had a deal that just expired where after rebates you could get one for $615!!! Crazy.

    > 26" Cinema-Style Widescreen Aspect Ratio
    > HDTV Display Ready (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i)
    > 750:1 Contrast Ratio
    > Wide XGA 1280 x 768 Native Resolution
    > High Brightness 700 cd/m2
    > 12ms Response Time
    > PIP Split Screen capability
    > Digital YC 3D Comb Filter
    > Dual Progressive Scan Component Inputs
    > 178 / 178 Degree Wide Viewing Angles
    > VGA (DB15) & DVI HDCP Inputs
    > 10W + 10W Surround Speakers
    Model Number LT26HVE
    Panel Size 26"
    Aspect Ratio 15:9
    Contrast 750:1
    Brightness 700cd
    Native Resolution 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
    View Angle 170 (H) / 170 (V)
    Dual TV Tuner N/A ( Single Tuner Available Only)
    Response Time 12 ms
    3D Comb Filter Yes
    Progressive Scan Yes
    Noise Reduction Yes
    TV System NTSC
    Signal Sources TV, AV, S-VIDEO, Y, Pb/Cb, Pr/Cr, VGA, DVI
    Picture Grid N/A
    3:2 Pull Down Yes
    DVI with HDCP Yes
    HDTV Ready 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
    Speakers 10w x 2 (Surround Sound Enhancement)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 35" x 19.7" x 8.3" w/ Stand
    35" x 18.1" x 4.5" w/o Stand
    Net Weight 31 lbs w/ Stand 29 lbs w/o Stand
    Wallmount Type VESA 200
    Power Consumption 130 Watts
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    What, the resolution is 1280x768 (WXGA)! The 2005 (I have) is 1680x1050. If you don't sit too close it may be OK, or for games or watching videos, but for general computer work those big, chunky pixels will drive you bonkers.

    You'll need a cable adapter for the HDCP, no big deal.

    As a TV it's nice (and good price too!), and no worry about longevity as you would have with a plasma.

    So the key is, what are you going to do with it, and how close to it do you expect to sit.
  3. OnaMacSince1989 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Cubist's points are right on. It is a great monitor for TV or games, but it may not be so good for reading words (ie: net surfing, email, MS Word). The resolution of dedicated computer monitor is much better...that's why they are much more expensive than TV monitors like this one.

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