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Lcd TV as computer monitor?

by doc j / June 17, 2008 10:34 AM PDT

I was ready to buy a 22 inch LG LCD monitor that doubles as a television. It is 1080p ready and has analog and digital TV tuner. I thought it was great when one of my collegues proposed to sell me his 36-37 inch LG TV second hand at a very good price.

Will this be an acceptable/good computer monitor? I have a HP 2510p notebook which I plan to hook it up to, will it work with it?

Will it be any different with a regular LCD monitor?

Will it have a glare problem if I do reading with it?

Is it ok to buy a 1-1.5 year old LCD tv at half present market price? Would it be outdated in a general sense?

Any tips to make it work at its best whether monitor or tv?

Thank you.

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it should work with your laptop
by ramarc / June 17, 2008 12:45 PM PDT

if it's a 720p tv (most likely) set the resolution for either 1366x768 or 1280x720. if it's a 1080p tv, then set it for 1920x1080.

as for glare, that depends on where you'll be using it and how it's positioned. you should place a tv that size at least 3 ft from your eyes (much further than a 22") or you may cause eyestrain and have to move your neck/head too much to see the full image.

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try it out
by squirtlewa / June 18, 2008 10:38 PM PDT

If your colleague's TV has matching inputs, it'll work fine. Use the VGA out on your laptop + a standard VGA (dsub) cable.

A heads-up: resolution on TVs is lower than computer monitors, in the sense of pixel size. Which is just fine because we usually sit next to our computers, but view TV from a distance. So it's not any different than a regular LCD monitor, but it is what it is.
1080 lines is great for TV, not going to be crystal sharp up close as a computer monitor at that scale.

For a business/mobile style laptop, even a 19" monitor will feel like a nice big screen when working at a desk, so I'm confident you'd like the 22" LG, too.

But hey, bigger is better, eh.

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