Buy Appl 30" Or buy a 32" 1080P tv and use as monitor?

Xplicit

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What do you guys think,

I have enough money for a 30" ACD, but I am wondering If I should just get a 32" 1080P Tv and use it as a monitor. ALthough the resolution on the ACD is 2560X1360 which i think is really nice.


Any comments? Im looking for primary a monitor so i can do 3D work.
 

CalBoy

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If you can set it up nicely, I'd go with the TV. However, I'm not sure how well you'd be able to project if you have a mbp (the limit is 30").
 

iBookG4user

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If you can set it up nicely, I'd go with the TV. However, I'm not sure how well you'd be able to project if you have a mbp (the limit is 30").
There is no screen size limit on the MacBook Pro, you're thinking of a resolution limit. I've seen people use a MacBook Pro with a 37" tv before in the Post your Mac setup thread.
 

CalBoy

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There is no screen size limit on the MacBook Pro, you're thinking of a resolution limit. I've seen people use a MacBook Pro with a 37" tv before in the Post your Mac setup thread.
Ahh yes, thanks for the clarification. Then my vote goes for a 40" TV:D
 

Sean Dempsey

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1080p TV, no matter the size, will show your computer screen at 1920x1080. My 32" hdtv only will let my computer go to 1360x768... which is really constraining.

A 30" ACD is 2560x1600 pixels.

So, a 50" 1080p TV still won't have as much "pixels" as the 30" ACD.

I would never use a TV as a main display, personally. The best part of the ACD is the resolution.
 

jsw

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1080p TV, no matter the size, will show your computer screen at 1920x1080. My 32" hdtv only will let my computer go to 1360x768... which is really constraining.
One good point, which I've seen in a few misleading ads, is that many TVs "accept" 1080p but aren't actually 1920x1080.

The 30" has very nearly double the resolution of even a true 1920x1080 screen. That's a very, very big difference.
 

Sean Dempsey

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One good point, which I've seen in a few misleading ads, is that many TVs "accept" 1080p but aren't actually 1920x1080.

The 30" has very nearly double the resolution of even a true 1920x1080 screen. That's a very, very big difference.
30" ACD at 2560x1600 screen has 4,096,000 pixels
A 1080p TV running at 1920x1080 has 2,073,600 pixels

Pretty massive different, area wise.
 

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it all depends on how close you are sitting to the moniter. If you are going to be sitting close to the screen, get the apple. If you are going to be farther away, get the larger, but lower res tv.
 

Abstract

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Pretty massive different, area wise.
Yes it is.....in terms of area. Think about the myth regarding megapixels in digital cameras. Doubling the area means that the length increases by a factor of sqrt(2) = 41%. Well, not exactly, since I'm assuming a square rather than a rectangle, but the concept still stands.

Although what you said is true. 41% more desktop length and width is a lot. However, if you're not getting the screen because of the resolution, but because of the physical size of the display, then get the HDTV. You may have to sit 12-18" further away from the HDTV than you would have with the 30" ACD in order to achieve the same sharpness and detail, though. If you sit at the same distance, you'll see a more pixelly display.
 

Stetwin

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I ran my PC through a Samsung HDTV (same one they showcase the xBox 360 on) and I though it was awesome, ok so it didn’t have the largest resolution possible but it didn’t look pixelly and was very sharp and I use to sit no more then 12”-15” away, it was a lot more practical then my last monitor, I was able to use it for my home cinema system, sky TV and xBox 360/PS3. Now I’m back on an old 15” CRT monitor and I have to use it in 800x600 :(

If your wanting it for more then just your standard monitor then go for the 32” HDTV but if your going to only use it for your computer then go with the 30” ACD,

/Ste
 

Sean Dempsey

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I can't even use my computer at my HDTV's res of 1360x768, but I like as high of a resolution as I can get.

If you just want sheer size, get a projector. Way cheaper than a TV, and I bet you can project up to a 100" diagonal screen easily.
 

GoCubsGo

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I recently bought a Sharp Aquos 32" LCD HDTV and took it back. For my photography it wasn't good because it would not calibrate to the tune that I needed it to. I even called Sharp and sat on the phone with them for well over an hour. That said, I am buying either a 30" Dell or 30" ACD. I haven't decided what I wanted.
 

Xplicit

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i bought Two Dell 30" < one monitor for modeling and 2nd for graphic design / and chatting :)
 

Xplicit

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Well I got a spare 20" Monitor that id like to use, but I donnt know . Im kinda thinking it will be too big. Im thining of sending one back if i think 2 is to much. :D but i will keep it for now. Im gona talk it over with some one who uses 30" Display, u guys think its good that i should keep both.
 

ktbubster

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Well.. I know ACDs are THE shiiiiznit :) hehe, but if you are wanting a tv too.. either go with a Dell version with the same panels (not sure waht model it is) which will save you a bit and then save up a bit more and buy a 27 or 30 inch cheaper model LCD. You can get some gooood deals on tvs from circuit city and even some pretty darn decent brands at walmart. Then you'd be able to watch your tv AND work on your computer on separate screens at once... wooooooo.

If that's not an issues, perhaps still go with the dell and get a TV tuner and use your LCD through your comp as a tv when you want to.

Or.. get the ACD and be merry! :-D either way it'll be good. I def think though that you really should use an ACD over a TV for a monitor anyday. The screen quality is just so much better for long term use, and then you can actually get MORE from the space as the res is better so your desktop can be set so things are a bit smaller but still clear.
 

Steve Jobless

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theres a sharp acquos, fairly pricey.

why is the 30 inch so expensive? i was in the same dilemma although since it doesnt do tv on its own im looking to get a seperate tv.