LCD Monitor vs LCD TV: What buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mamcx, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. mamcx macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008

    I plan to buy a larger LCD (first time, my actual monitor is only 22") and wonder what could be a smart investment.

    I'm a developer, and barely play games but I see almost all the movies in my computer. I have a macbook white previous gen and maybe I will buy a brand new mac mini.

    So, I check the prices & specs of some Dell 24"> monitors and some Sony Bra TV LCD 24"> monitors and found that a LCD 30" cost almost the same than a Dell 24" monitor.

    So, I wonder why?

    Any reason to chosee one or the other?
  2. fpar macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    If you intend to do more text based work on the TV then video then I would go with the monitor because of the higher pixel density, the 30" LCD will not provide as sharp a picture as a 24"monitor, this will be most apparent when reading.
  3. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    I used my 26'' TV for awhile before I got my 22'' Dell monitor. With the TV at 1366x768 and the Dell at 1680x1050, there is a HUGE difference. Get a monitor and then a smaller, say 26'', TV.
  4. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    A TV will have lower resolution, but still high resolution. A tv is good if you need the hdmi ports and utility as a television (will also be cheaper too). I personally dont like very high resolutions because text is extremely small. Sometimes size is more important than crispness/sharpness. It's all about you r own personal preferences.
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    TVs usually have less PPI because people look at it from a long distance. Monitors have a high PPI because people look at it from a short distance. I'd choose a monitor. Don't mix two things into one.
  6. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I'm in the same sort of situation. I have a BlackBook, a 22" Acer monitor, and want a better setup for watching movies. I think a good compromise might be Dell's Ultrasharp 2709W. It's got the same resolution as a typical 24" monitor, but slightly more physical space. You lose some crispness, but not a lot, and it's a reasonable size for movies. The price is a bit steep T $999, but they've gone on sale for $500 in the past, so if you're patient, you can get a deal on one. :)

    Of course, a 32" LCD TV is awfully tempting. You might try taking your notebook to BestBuy or wherever and plugging it into a TV there. Put up some text and see if you can live with the TV as a monitor - it's not as good as a proper monitor, but it's not terrible on a 32", either.
  7. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    My Samsung T260HD has the best of both worlds.

    Beautiful 1920x1200 resolution on a 25.5" screen for my MBP (DVI Port) and it can run a PS3/XBOX360 (2 HDMI Ports) as well as HD TV just fine (Built In HD Tuner or via HDMI), they can be had for well under $500.

    (Notice all the five-star reviews)

    I've had mine since last August and love it! it was the best value dollar for dollar/feature for feature out there IMO.

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