HDTV or computer monitor for this scenario?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by uspcommuter, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. uspcommuter macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2004
    Hey y'all,

    Long story short, my place was broken into, lost my stuff and my precious iMac and I am in the midst of rebuilding my life. I am getting a mbp unibody, but I kinda miss the BIG screen functionality that I had with the iMac (20 inches) because I do alot of multi-tasking. Excel, adium, firefox, mail, itunes and eyetv or VLC (yes at the minimum).

    I also have a Wii and PS3 but no tv. So at this point, I am thinking what should I go with, a HDTV or a regular exertnal display (dell, apple etc.)? I have about 800 bucks.

    So please answer this...which one would you go with? pros and cons? and any suggestions on what model I should buy?

    Thanks much.
  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    Since you don't have a TV I would go for a HDTV. I think you would appreciate all the extra connections, especially if you hook your MBP, Wii, and PS3 all up at once. It sounds like you don't have TV service right now so I would go for the HDTV in case you get satellite, cable, etc. in the future.

    You can get a decent 32 inch LCD for $600-$700. That's a little larger than I would personally want for a computer monitor but it would be great for the other game systems.
  3. Migsy macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
    London, UK
    I'd personally recommend one of the non-apple displays (E.g. Dell or HP), with HDMI (PS3) and Component (Wii) inputs.

    If you do decide to go down the HDTV route and use it as a monitor, I'd try to make sure it's a full 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and it supports 1:1 Pixel Mapping.
  4. iTzChasE macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2008
    Hello, sorry about you stuff :(

    I've looked around, and i think im going to buy this:
    Samsung SyncMaster T240HD

    It has a ton of inputs. Its also comes with a nice remote.
    edit: Did i mention its 1080p

    oooh la la

    edit again: Its around $400 but you can find for $300-400, maybe.
  5. mpetrides macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Get HDTV

    I agree that you ought to get an HDTV. There are a ton of great 720p TVs for amazingly low prices, as all the stores go to 1080p sets.

    In particular, Best Buy has a Panasonic 50 inch 720p plasma TV for an outrageously low price: $899. I just picked one up this weekend and LOVE it.:D (BTW, don't believe the Best Buy website. This is not a 1024X 768 set; it is a 1366 X 768 set.)
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    TV, your laptop already has a screen. You probably wont like using your TV as a monitor but you also probably wont mind using just your laptop screen. You cant watch tv on a monitor without an expensive tuner and youre stuck watching it on a small screen sitting at a desk, that sucks.
  7. iTzChasE macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2008
    The monitor i posted has a built in HDTV tuner.
  8. Mr$Whale macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    Depends on what you're used to and what you'd be using the TV/monitor for. I have a 20 inch flat screen hooked up to my macbook. It works nicely since I'm in a smaller dorm room, so I put the TV/monitor on my desk and can use it as an extra monitor (for reading PDFs, outlines, etc) or as a TV and sit on my bed or chair, you know? It works for me since my room is small, but depending on your setup, it might not work.

    Idea: consider getting a mac-mini instead of the macbook, and thus you can put your TV in a more prime location than your work area?
  9. mahen macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Alpharetta, GA
    I was also debating between a HDTV and a Computer Monitor. In fact I bought a Sharp 26" HDTV and a Samsung TOC260 computer monitor to do some side by side testing.

    Things computer monitor did better than HDTV:
    The HDTV is 720p compared to the 1080p Samsung display
    The HDTV was bulky and heavier than monitor
    Samsung also has a HDTV tuner
    Monitor had more inputs than HDTV
    Monitor generated less heat than the HDTV

    Things HDTV did better than computer monitor:
    Watching TV was a pleasure
    Comes with lot of features like picture in picture, etc.

    I am sure you can find a full 1080p HDTV with better features than the Sharp that I was testing. For my price range ($450) the monitor was a better choice.
  10. c-Row macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    Heh... tried to find a pic of its inputs, and the first page that came up in Google was MacRumors. :D I love this place!
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
  12. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast

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