LED TV as Ext. Monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thebadgator87, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. thebadgator87 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    just got a 24 inch led tv to use as a monitor and im not liking it. first i cant get it all to fit on the screen and second the quality is not very good. will i not receive the same quality that the imac gets? please help haha thanks
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Not even close. The vast majority of TVs don't have nearly the resolution that Mac computers have. They're not designed to be computer displays.
  3. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    are they monitors that can achieve the quality of the imac?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you want the quality of the iMac, why not buy an iMac?

    The 21.5" has native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels
    The 27" has native resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels
  5. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    your tv probably has settings called "just scan" or something like it to fit all the pixels properly. take a peek around.

    as for how it looks, there's so many colour modes now, you have to find one you like. presets like 'cinema', 'sports' etc might be all wrong for your tastes.
  6. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    I like having the portability of the macbook pro but would also enjoy having more real estate to work with when im not on the go
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Rather than use a TV, you'll get better resolution by buying a display that's designed for use with a computer.
  8. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Any suggestions as what I should look for?
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Just look for a computer monitor or display, rather than a television. There are thousands of models available, in different sizes and resolutions. Pick one that fits your budget and preferences.
  10. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009

    Almost all HDTVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 no matter how large they are. But they are designed for viewing in a much bigger distance than your computer monitor. So most people won't find it bad. But it's not the case for a computer monitor. You are much closer to it. So you need higher resolution to achieve the "retina" effect.

    For instance, the iMac 27" has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, which has 77% more pixels than an HDTV. The 15-inch retina MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 x 1800, which has 150% more pixels than an HDTV, not to mention in a much smaller size, i.e. the density or PPI of the screen is much higher therefore the image is more crisp.
  11. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Dell Ultrasharp models with an IPS panel are quite good for their price (1080p 23" models can be had for 200 USD, 1920 x 1200 24" displays can be had for around 300 USD, as far as I remember).
    Or do you mean something else?

    PS: Be vary of 27" computer displays, as many still use 1920 x 1080 pixel as resolution, and that looks abysmal on such a screen size. 2560 x 1440 would be the better resolution on such 27" displays.

    PPS: You can get any available external computer display you want, if it fits your requirements.
  12. SlyMac macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    Like sim said, an ips monitor with 2xxx X 1xxx should suffice. Full HD panels are only good in the 24" and below range.

    I have a dell U2711 and a U2410. Both are great and got hem on sale. The 27" (2560x1440) was around 800 and the 24" (1920x1200) was i think 349. Both very good monitors.
  13. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
  14. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
  15. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    How good do you need? Just as good as an iMac or really good for photoediting.

    That 170$ panel is a TN it is not going to win a price.

    Basically it goes like this
    TN cheap good for gaming -> cMBP
    cPVA, eIPS cheap good viewing angels.
    IPS, PVA, PLS -> iMac, rMBP, Ultrasharp, ... the expensive stuff great panels

    cPVA is great contrast but rather slow reaction times. eIPS is TN like in quality and can have color flimmer from the side. It is faster though.
    TN has no viewing angles.

    The really good panels look for Dell ultrasharp U2412, U2312, U2713.

    Good stuff costs.
    I wouldn't buy it for anything but professional photoediting and stuff.
    Movies eIPS does fine. cPVA is great for office and general stuff.
    Gaming is still TN domain.
  16. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    Agreed, I have a 24" ultrasharp and its great. Depends on your budget, of course.
  17. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    is there a way to hook the xbox to one of these dell ultra sharp monitors?
  18. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I had my MacMini on a Sony 40" KDL NX720 and was quite frustrated with the result. Then I locked more close on the screen and it looked like over sharpened JPG files after post processing of images.

    I looked into the setup and found setting where the TV was trying to be nice and added some sharpening.
    After switched that off for the HDMI channel where the Mini was connected the picture got much better.

    Look for that; might help too.
  19. snoylekim macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    if you must use a TV, check the inputs and setup to select for 'PC' ( if available)..and/or RGB colorspace .. the grayscale is wider on RGB than on broadcast signals (256 gradations from pure black to pure white) ...confusing this can really degrade the colors .. if you cannot select this , or the TV isn't made for double duty .. the output will alwaysbe challenged
    Best to get a dedicated monitor ...
  20. Stetrain, Aug 29, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012

    Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The 24" model has an HDMI input which should be the easiest if your Xbox has HDMI. Otherwise you can get a DVI or VGA adapter cable for your Xbox. You can also get HDMI to DVI adapter cables.
  21. thebadgator87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Thanks def going to look into the dell ultra sharps

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