Thoughts on this as a monitor

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  1. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

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    Just curious as to everyone's thoughts of using this as a monitor?

    I'm not worried about color accuracy or anything like that, I just want screen real estate without two monitors.

    Common Uses of MP:
    Handbrake
    Safari
    Quicktime
    Sling Box - TV
    iWork
    Final Cut Express
    iDVD

    Anyway, not sure how it would work out and was hoping for some inputs.

    I currently have a 27" Hanns-G at 1920x1200 and like it but wanted to move it to a different room.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+32...HDTV/9244668.p?id=1218066285003&skuId=9244668
     
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Too big for such a small resolution. 1080p does not look right on a 32" monitor. Everything on the screen is out of proportion. If you're looking to get something that big, honestly, look at a big monitor (rather than a lower resolution TV) such as a Cinema Display or a Dell 30".
     
  3. BillB50 macrumors member

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    I have to agree with Ryan. For about 400 USD more you could get a 30" monitor that could display a resolution that allows you more workable space - 2560 x 1600. There are four or five good monitors out there capable of that resolution.
     
  4. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Where on earth are you finding a good 30" for 400USD? A good 24" 1920x1200 costs more than that. TN at 30" = NOT FUN.
     
  5. PrinceAvalon macrumors member

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    Maybe as a monitor for a computer it's bad but not sure where people get the idea 1080 on a 32 inch TV is too small.

    Well you'll all geek out in 2011/2012 the FCC in the States at least; not sure about other nations, is already talking about the UHD "ultra high definition" era and 1080 will be like 480p now. I think the new top res is gonna be 2160p if I recall right.

    **EDIT**

    I agree TN on a 20 inch is one thing but spending that cash on a 30 and getting a TN is not good. 30inch+TN=FAIL. Even a M-PVA is perfectly fine, in some ways they're better than some IPS, but I still prefer H-IPS I think is most current or did I get that wrong?
     
  6. BillB50 macrumors member

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    You are correct - I left out the word "more"...my original post is edited now....
     
  7. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    He specifically says he wants to use it as a monitor. A 32" TV is fine and looks great in 1080p.
     
  8. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    Unless you're vision impaired (i.e., you like your text big and blocky), you're better off with a 24" Dell or some-such.
     
  9. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Good luck finding a 30" TN panel: They don't exist. There is one 30" PVA panel, made by Samsung, and all the rest are IPS.

    You can, however, if you look, find an older model 30" LCD in the $500-$700 range, if it's used or refurbished.

    Note that there's more to monitor quality than the panel type it uses, so it can be an IPS/PVA and be crappy.
     
  10. PrinceAvalon macrumors member

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    I never said they ARE inherently bad. I don't use a TV for a computer monitor.

    That's why I used the word "maybe" specifically to quality as such and not to make it a concrete statement.


    **TO THE OP**

    Just research the TV though. Email the manufacturer maybe or ask around if anyone uses that TV specifically as a monitor with HDMI if they get 1080p. Not all TVs when used with a computer even under HDMI do 1080p. My friend got stuck with 1440x1050 under HDMI with his computer.
     

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