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HDTV vs LCD monitor for TV use

by patelnd123 / December 12, 2009 8:56 AM PST

Hey there,

I'm looking to buy an LCD tv in the 24" - 26" range. I noticed that you can buy LCD monitors with built in tuners, and 1080P resolution that are cheaper than LCD TVs with 720P resolution. For example the samsung T260HD vs. samsung LN26B460. Is there a big difference in how these will perform as a TV because the LCD monitors are significantly cheaper


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This will help explain the differences
by givemeaname / December 12, 2009 10:02 AM PST
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not quite what i was getting at
by patelnd123 / December 12, 2009 11:44 AM PST

did you look at the models i described. The one that is called a "monitor" still has a tuner and 2 hdmi inputs and speakers. That's why i dont understand if there is a big difference because it is also 1080p where as the TV is only 720P and the moniter is cheaper.

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Then it is not a monitor.
by givemeaname / December 12, 2009 12:54 PM PST

Both are HDtv's one being 720p & other is 1080p.
Unless you will be sitting 2.5ft or less your not going to see any difference of 720p vs 1080p on those size.

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I don't know what area you are in, but...
by ahtoi / December 13, 2009 1:36 AM PST

here in Los Angeles, the price difference is only $20 (330 vs. 350). The decision here is which function is more important to you (TV or Computer) and are you thinking of adding a bru-ray player later.

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