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LCD TV to use as PC monitor

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by kennyboy, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. kennyboy

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    Hi I'm new to the forum and pretty green on all things AV so my apologies if this question has been asked a million times before:

    I'd like an LCD TV for our kitchen that also doubles as a PC monitor (the PC will be connected permanently to the TV) and wondered what I should be wary of, what my options are etc?

    Here's some requirements and the scenario:

    Will be used as a TV 80% of the time so good TV picture is the main criteria
    Will have SKY plugged in via standard aerial socket (kitchen is a 'second tv' for the main sky box elsewhere)
    Would like a decent resolution when the PC is on e.g. 1024x768 and more if possible.
    Would like to be able to switch between pc and tv very easily when both are on.

    I'm a bit confused whether I should be looking for a PC monitor which can accept TV input or the other way around? I've read different things about limitations on PC resolution, brightness etc and wondered if someone could give me the full sp.

    cheers.
     
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    You could just buy a standard PC Lcd Monitor and a TV Tuner card for the PC!
    Pluses - You can watch TV in a small box whilst working on your PC (as I am doing this very minute) as well as Full screen TV
    Minuses - The PC needs to be turned on to watch TV (not a problem in my househald as the PC is on 24/7)

    Cost vary from around £40 upto around £80 depending if you want a standard tv tuner or freeview or as in the case of my card, both.
     
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    Nuff Said! nvrsbr :thumbsup:
     
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    I'd like some plain >32' lcd (without tv tuners, motorised stands, etc) for pc/dvd use (dvi/hdmi is a must) only also.

    so far no luck finding decent looking one (or any to be exact :) )
     
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    You'll not have any luck for a hell of a long time, if at all. What you're after is a computer monitor - the largest of which is Apple's 30" Cinema Display - but no DVI-HDCP or HDMI, just plain ole DVI.
    You'd be better off looking for a 37" Plasma if all you want is "the basics" - plenty of monitor only versions, but that may be a stumbling block when it comes to HDMI, still.
     
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    thanks for the replys - I'll check out that acer tv.

    I've been doing some reading - do you think the best input is DVI then?

    the pc won't be on most of the time so don't want a monitor...

    one chap said I'm wasting my time at the mo. - why is that?
     
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    Hi
    we bought a medion from kwiksave £649 to use as a tv and for experiments with media centre building..pc performs well with svga to svga and svga thru converter to dvi lead to dvi socket, cant get hdmi to hdmi working well it flashes on evry 2 secs suggesting clocking problem trying next with 9800se...
    bought a new dual layer dvd for pc to play dvds and quality of thats fine..
    laptop works fine...
    also works well as tv, no probs just exchanged scarts and sky/dvd/vcr worked immediately, much better that philips 32in though I miss the PIP..

    woolworths have an lcd for 550 now if youre quick

    my eyesight aint 100% its as good as my last glasses, my colour perception aint 100% either and my hearing is going so a super duper system would be wasted on me...but the text at 1024 768 looks fine from my chair 8ft away.

    just need to find the best meedia software now...

    I now know i want an lcd and at least 37 or better a 42in !!

    peter
     

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