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Sender:Roger D Williams
Date/Time:17-Apr-2012 13:12:05 +0000
Subject:Re: Re: Will an HD TV function as a PC display?

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Thank you, Paul. That's very helpful. You've probably saved me from a disappointment, although my wife isn't keen on 3D TV anyway (even if I could use it as a monitor) so it's rather a moot point at the moment.

Roger W.

Sent from my iPad

On Apr 17, 2012, at 9:23 PM, Paul Fretheim <#removed#> wrote:

> I have an entertainment center Windows platform connected to my 
> Panoasonic Veira HDTV. My plasma HDTV is only 720p resolution. I use the 
> computer board, which has HDMI output on the video card as a second 
> signal source for watching entertainment. My video card can output 1080p 
> or 1080i. I don't really notice a difference between 720p or 1080i when 
> viewing the HDTV as a monitor.  It's fine for watching YouTube videos or 
> movies.
> 
> But the resolution is not good enough for text reading or text editing. 
> I do not think it is a good idea to substitute an HDTV for an actual 
> monitor for all purpose computing. You can read a few emails or see well 
> enough to navigate a few web pages, but the eyestrain would be terrible 
> if you were trying to write a term paper or thesis on the thing. On mine 
> you have to increase the font size so big to be able to read it you lose 
> the advantage of a big screen.
> 
> Bottom line - Don't do it. Find a plasma 720p 55" like mine somewhere 
> for watching movies. I found mine new for about $500 at a K-Mart and I 
> have been very happy with it. It's great for watching sports too. 
> Plasmas are brighter, sharper and much faster. No trails from fast 
> moving objects. The "burn in" issue has not been a problem. But they are 
> not designed to do what actual monitors are capable of when it comes to 
> small detail.
> 
> Paul Fretheim
> 
>> 
>> Now that HD TVs offer full 1080 lines vertically and the horizontal 
>> resolution needed to support 16:9 frames, they have the nominal 
>> resolution to act as PC monitors. In fact 1920 x 1080 is about the 
>> maximum resolution my video board supports. I don't know whether the 
>> steadiness of the image is good enough, or whether anyone is already 
>> trying it, but at a nearby discount store they are offering a 
>> Panasonic 32" 3D display, which would be very nice for viewing stereo 
>> images and would double as a computer display, which is probably the 
>> only way I could justify its purchase to my wife. What do people 
>> think. It would kind of dominate my desk, that's for sure... (grin)
>> 
>> Roger W.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
> 
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