Monitor vs 1080p TV

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pdechavez, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. pdechavez macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    I'm using a 32in Sony Bravia TV for my mac pro atm. Why would most people use a monitor as opposed to a 32in tv?

    May be a stupid question but i'm curious.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
  3. SuperJudge macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    The Triangle, NC
    Pixel density/size, mostly.

    The viewing distance for a 32" 1080p monitor should probably be about 5-10 feet. It'd probably drive me nuts to look at an LCD TV at that distance.

    Besides, a 1080p monitor has way fewer pixels/way less screen real estate than my 30" ACD does.
  4. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    TVs have a lot of extra bulk to them. You also have to chose tv's carefully. Not all of them will happily accept digital input from a computer without totally screwing it up....

    In the end, buying a TV is more risky, and more expensive, than buying a monitor. Yeah, a 27" Cinema display is more expensive than your TV probably, but that's for a huge quality difference (LED is very nice.)
  5. pdechavez thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    thanks for all the replies. I bought a 24in viewsonic LCD and was kinda doubting my purchase since a little smaller than my 32in tv. any thoughts on viewsonics?

    btw, its viewsonic 2431wm.
  6. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Bigger ≠ better when it comes to pixel size. Generally speaking, you want the smallest pixels you can have text be readable at. Or even then, you could just use larger text, as pretty much all software can allow you to bump up the text, but most users are too stuck in their ways to make that change.

    All TV pixels are huge compared to monitors, except HDTVs smaller than 24" or which case I wouldn't even bother calling it a TV so much as a low quality monitor with a TV tuner built in.
  7. philipma1957, Jan 6, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 1, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    here is a dell link

    the 22 inch ultrasharp has a 24.7 dot pitch which is very good.

    the 27 inch apple has a 23.0 dot pitch which is better.

    your 32 inch has about a 30.0 dot pitch which for reading print close up is terrible.

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