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#167424 13-Mar-2015 07:14
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Hi

Am in the market for a new computer monitor, my old one having recently died. In looking for a new one it occurs to me that for not much more than the price of a dedicated monitor you can have a TV of the same size and resolution (1080p). Is there any reason that dedicated monitors are generally better than TVs? It seems like I could get a lot more bang for my buck by getting the equivalent sized TV and just using that as a monitor????

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  #1257606 13-Mar-2015 08:21
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Generally speaking, monitors are designed to be looked at up close and TVs are not.  In the past, using a TV as a monitor was pretty rubbish in my opinion.  The new LED-LCD TVs may be better.  I would suggest taking a laptop and HDMI cable to a retail store and trying it.

I'm using a 28" computer monitor as I type this - a demo unit that arrived yesterday.  I'm finding it notably less sharp than my 22", and am wondering whether this is just because the same number of pixels are stretched over a larger panel.




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Dynamic: 
I'm using a 28" computer monitor as I type this - a demo unit that arrived yesterday.  I'm finding it notably less sharp than my 22", and am wondering whether this is just because the same number of pixels are stretched over a larger panel.


Absolutely. What resolution is it? As I've said in the past: for anything above 24 inch I'd not even consider anything less that 1440p.




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  #1257682 13-Mar-2015 09:35
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Dynamic: 
I'm using a 28" computer monitor as I type this - a demo unit that arrived yesterday.  I'm finding it notably less sharp than my 22", and am wondering whether this is just because the same number of pixels are stretched over a larger panel.

Absolutely. What resolution is it? As I've said in the past: for anything above 24 inch I'd not even consider anything less that 1440p.

1080p.




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  #1257684 13-Mar-2015 09:36
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Dynamic: 
1080p.


1080p @ 28 inch, sounds horrible :p  IF you have a large desk move it as far away from yourself as possible.




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  #1257688 13-Mar-2015 09:43
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Dynamic: 
I'm using a 28" computer monitor as I type this - a demo unit that arrived yesterday.  I'm finding it notably less sharp than my 22", and am wondering whether this is just because the same number of pixels are stretched over a larger panel.

Absolutely. What resolution is it? As I've said in the past: for anything above 24 inch I'd not even consider anything less that 1440p.

1080p.


I used to have a full hd 27' tv as a display for my pc, but since I used my mate's 4k monitor, the tv looks like crap. plenty of tearing, artifacts and stuttering so I decided to upgrade. 


Like Dynamic said, TVs are meant to be viewed across the room while monitors are meant to be viewed less than 2 feet away.

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  #1257690 13-Mar-2015 09:45
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sidefx: 1080p @ 28 inch, sounds horrible :p  IF you have a large desk move it as far away from yourself as possible.

I've had it on my desk less than 24 hours and it's coming off.




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  #1257737 13-Mar-2015 10:50
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I would go for a actual PC monitor if it's primary use is for a PC.

IMO anything over 24" needs to be 1440p or higher




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  #1257741 13-Mar-2015 10:58
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I'd go for a 27" - 32" monitor that supports either 1440p or 2160p. I am still stuck with 1080p at work and it's horrible - but a good excuse to work from home more.

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  #1257746 13-Mar-2015 11:06
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I have this one and can't recommend it highly enough

 

 

 

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  #1257771 13-Mar-2015 11:27
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Dstarzero: I have this one and can't recommend it highly enough   http://www.justlaptops.net.nz/samsung-28-4k-uhd-monitor-3840x2160-1ms-response-2633

Nice if you can spare that kinda ca$h.

I bought an AOC (cheapie) brand ultra-wide 28" that is 1080p tall for my accounts person, and it's fantastic but it was still over $500 for a brand that I don't like.  Only the height of a 22" so the 1080p is fine but heaps more real--estate for multiple apps on the one monitor.  I forget the resolution width - it's around 2800 from memory.




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  #1257777 13-Mar-2015 11:34
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Dedicated anti glare monitor is the way to go. 

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  #1257782 13-Mar-2015 11:41
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I bought an AOC (cheapie) brand ultra-wide 28" that is 1080p tall for my accounts person, and it's fantastic but it was still over $500 for a brand that I don't like.  Only the height of a 22" so the 1080p is fine but heaps more real--estate for multiple apps on the one monitor.  I forget the resolution width - it's around 2800 from memory.


Presumably 2560x1080p. It's 33% wider than a standard 1920x1080p res. If you're after using it for spreadsheets and such, this can be really useful. It's an unusual resolution for a lot of mainstream media, gaming, etc, though, so less useful for these purposes.

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  #1257786 13-Mar-2015 11:47
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Dynamic:
Dstarzero: I have this one and can't recommend it highly enough   http://www.justlaptops.net.nz/samsung-28-4k-uhd-monitor-3840x2160-1ms-response-2633

Nice if you can spare that kinda ca$h.


I think that same monitor has been on some pretty good sales - like well under $500 or possibly even less, I can't quite recall. But yeah, still a fair bit and I haven't personally seen it in action. 




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  #1257799 13-Mar-2015 12:14
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Tv won't turn on and off as needed. Will show "no signal" when the pc blanks the screen and power down after 20 mins or whatever. Then you have to power it back on yourself.

TV won't keep its plug and play negotiation when off. So when you turn back on all your window sizes are screwed up as windows re detects it.

Ok as second screen that is used for gaming occasionally but hopeless as a daily screen.




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  #1257802 13-Mar-2015 12:16
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Have both, you deserve it.

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