Low Res. HDTV or High Res. Monitor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bluetorch18, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. bluetorch18 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2006
    I'm in the market for a display for my computer(2nd Display) that will double as something to watch movies on and play Xbox 360 on. I'm stuck between 2 possible choices. A Samsung 42" HDTV with a resolution of 1280x720 and a BenQ 24" Monitor with a resolution of 1920x1200 resolution. They both can output 1080p, which kind of confuses me, because I figured the Samsung could only do 720p. If you want to see the link its right here:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...23-4228&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&CMP=OTC-GOOGLEBASE. The BenQ is $800 new and the Samsung is $850 refurbished. I want this to last me for a long time and eventually will be my TV at college in the upcoming years. Another question is: if I hook my MacBook Pro to the HDTV, will it output at 1920 x 1080 or only 1280 x 720? I would really appreciate any help as I'm not very knowlegable when it comes to HDTVs. Thanks:)
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    it will be 1280x720...

    the HDTV may accept a 1080 signal, but it will only display 720p. If the BenQ works with the 360, then I'd go with that.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  4. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX

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