Buying Advice TV or monitor

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  1. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    I want to buy a screen, which I would be using currently only with Raspberry pi, but this is an anticipatory purchase and it will accommodate for my future rig.

    24-30 incher(please suggest a size)
    provision for HDMI/VGA/DVI
    Cheapest possible for these features
    programming/FPS/movies
    Not very bulky.
    Full HD(ofcouse)
    Additionally, but not necessarily: TV functionality to be able to connect to Video Player or gaming consoles.

    Please do suggest other requirement I should look into etc.
    As I have read that TVs are terrible when it comes to resolution at closer sitting with smaller fonts.
     
  2. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    TV functionality in laymans terms would means

    1. A Remote Control
    2. Analog tuner
    3. Built-in Speakers

    Everything else will be provided by any decent LCD Monitor.


    Benefits of a TV
    1. Better screen quality/contrast ratio.100hz refresh rate (in some models)
    2. More inputs .. like USB, DLNA
    3. Easier support for wall mount.

    Benefits of Monitor
    1. Smaller, Portable.
    2. Better for productivity.
    3. Consumes less power (debatable)

    Problems with a TV:
    1. Bulky
    2. Not well suited for PC usage .. high contrast ratio make things look bleak working from a distance is not advisable.

    Problems with Monitor:
    1. Troublesome to mount on a wall.
    2. Need a set of external speakers.



    Now pick :)
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    i donno about tuner but i don't need speakers or remote.
    According to most website TVs have lower resolution for same size and specs.
     
  4. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Well TV's are larger than most monitors .. so yea..


    Besides what you mentioned ..
    TV still has more input options ..

    Ultimately, whats more important to you .. Media consumption or Productivity.

    Do you plan to set this up on your tabletop as your primary display or will it be placed elsewhere as a secondary connected display ?
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    table top
    productivity
     
  6. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Look for the cheapest Full HD LCD/LED TV that you can get in 24 inches or 26. It would be 1920x1080 resolution, so even if you hook up your PC, the pixels won't look grainy, and it will suffice really well as a monitor for PC.

    Better still, see if you can demo the LCD before buying it. I took my trust N8 with HDMI out cable to see the graphics performance with a HD video.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Get the monitor .. you will get a better value for the money you would invest in a TV ..

    I guess you were debating since you are also planning to setup an HTPC with the RasPi
    --- Double Post Merged, Jan 4, 2013 ---
    TV displays in shops are too controlled in terms of ambient lighting so they look much better than they would at home ..
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    ^^ Thats why the portable test equipment.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Heh.. most stores i've been to had 'unfriendly' staff .. 0:)
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Hehe, Walk in like you own it baby, and tell em first up, you ain't buying till they don't let you test the video settings, input settings etc.

    @init - Most of these LCDs now have USB playback, take some movies of various formats/resolutions to test as well. That also gives a good idea.
     

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