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    Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    In the market to upgrade a small monitor on a spare PC, want 1080 resolution. There are a bunch of 32inch 1920x1080 TV's on sale right now for the same price as a 24-27 inch 1920x1080 monitors. These TV's have 4 ms response time and an obviously larger pixel pitch, but will it make a decent monitor? After all I will be sitting in from of it like a traditional monitor and not viewing it from across the room...

    I have recently used a 30 inch Dell 2056x1600 monitor and was impressed with the sheer size..

    Will the 32 inch monitor make a bad monitor???

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Well, yes and no.

    TV's have much better contrast ratio, and therefore black levels, than monitors. It's the one time when one is allowed to make a sweeping generalization because monitors just can't seem to get much past ~1000:1. LCD TV's are at a healthy 4000-5000:1.

    Most LCD TV's are nearly identical to each other in pixel response in which they're behind TN screens but not significantly different from IPS/PVA monitors.

    The single largest drawback with TV's is input lag, which you need to pay attention to when picking a screen. Many popular TV's have a hefty 40-70ms input lag which is quite a lot. Some awesome TV's, such as the Samsung C530, have only 10-20ms which is fine. I haven't seen LCD TV's lower than that, except the old Sony W4500-line. TV's also tend to have slightly worse color accuracy, specifically in dark shades of colors, that you can't really fix even with a calibration tool.

    Subjectively, I think TV's have much better picture due to the massive contrast ratio difference. Something like 4500:1 really pops out, the image is quite striking and deep, while 1000:1 or lower looks pretty flat and washed out especially in darker parts of the picture.
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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    I like using my regular monitor as a second display while having the tv hooked upto the pc. Also, the pc looks WAAAYYY better using the pc input on my tv rather than the hdmi.

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Most tvs dont have 4500:1 static contrast more like 2500:1 but still it is a lot better then TN and IPS panels which have about 850:1. Personally I would keep the TV as a TV and a monitor as a monitor because TV's look really nice as a TV but when used for a monitor they are not very sharp and also most have a lot of lag as the other poster said. Most likely you would find gaming pretty poor on a TV compared to a nice monitor and also it wouldn't look very good as well as being simply too big for a monitor imo.

    I would use each one for their designed purpose eg. 23-27 Inch IPS screen as a PC monitor - sharp res, accurate colour, good response, low input lag.
    32 Inch+ SPVA lcd as a TV - High contrast, good blacks, Big.

    Also I am not sure why the tv would look better using PC input as that is usually VGA? Really a hdmi cable should be better as it is digital, maybe try a different cable or port? Certainly shouldnt look better yet alone WAYYY better lol.
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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    That's interesting I was not aware of input lag, where am I likely to find this information? I assume that the a dual link DVI is the way to connect to a pc.
    My only cause for concern was the fact that I will be sitting 18 inches in front of it...

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Tv is sharp as you like for a PC monitor. But not sitting as close as you would for a normal monitor.

    Keep Monitor and have TV as second screen. Sit close to monitor and about 3 - 4 feet from TV and use it for films, games that use xbox controler and watching porn.

    Use monitor for web browsing and everything else PC related :D

    The input lag on mine is not so bad at all. You can feel it but its only about as much as you get from a wireless mouse. So if you are used to that anyway....

    And HDMI looks FAR better than using VGA input. If i use VGA on mine i dont think it can do 1:1 1080. It look like utter ****. Where as HDMI input from PC is sharp as you want and 1:1. And plus you can get the sound to go to the TV if you do not have a speaker set-up.

    HDMI port from Gcard to HDMI port on TV. That is how you should connect.. Stay well away from the VGA port i think that can only do 720 ?
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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    I don't personally understand the dot pitch argument. You'll get the exact same amount of detail on any 1080p screen. You're in fact more likely to notice that detail on the bigger screen.

    Finding input lag measurements isn't that easy since most sites don't do them. HDTVtest.co.uk and FlatpanelsHD.com have it in their reviews.

    If I had a TV with low input lag, say the C530 I mentioned, I wouldn't even have a monitor.
    Last edited by valtterieranen; August 12, 2011 at 13:57.

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Quote Originally posted by valtterieranen View Post
    I don't personally understand the dot pitch argument. You'll get the exact same amount of detail on any 1080p screen. You're in fact more likely to notice that detail on the bigger screen.

    Finding input lag measurements isn't that easy since most sites don't do them. HDTVtest.co.uk and FlatpanelsHD.com have it in their reviews.
    I dont know about other people but personally I can notice that different screens look sharper... for example my 20" monitor is 1680x1050 it to me it looks much sharper then a 1080p 32" tv from a few feet away basically because it has about double the pixel pitch.

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Quote Originally posted by CorrupT88 View Post
    I dont know about other people but personally I can notice that different screens look sharper... for example my 20" monitor is 1680x1050 it to me it looks much sharper then a 1080p 32" tv from a few feet away basically because it has about double the pixel pitch.
    Its all relative. If you sit 6 inches from you PC monitor that is 20" then you need to sit like 3 feet from TV that is 32" and it will look just as sharp. But if he is sitting right up to it then it will look less sharp.

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    Re: Does a 32 inch LCD TV make a good PC Monitor?

    Yeah but you're still looking at 1920x1080 pixels on each screen. It's not like the pixels "bleed" on TV's or anything, they're still fixed pixel displays. It's an optical illusion that smaller screens look sharper though if that's important to you then I have no issue with that.

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