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TV with smarts vs Computer with TV capability?

I'd like a PC in my kitchen and I'd like a TV in my kitchen.
I'd prefer a 23-33 inch monitor. I have room for only 1 of the above. I know it's possible to watch TV on a computer and some TVs allow some computing (perhaps not enough?)
Which way should I go? Any advice would be appreciated.

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It's almost here.

The experiments of PC+TV didn't play out over cost issues. Today you may try the Intel Compute stick but reviewers seem to want it to be a full up PC.

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A D.I.Y. Hybrid?

Depends whether you want to try to use both at once - if you do, then a PC with a TV dongle or inbuilt TV support might do, so you can have multiple windows.

If you are happy to use one OR the other at any one time, how about a TV with an HDMI input that you could use as your computer screen when not watching TV? You could use some minimalist computer, such as the Intel ComputeStick that Bob mentioned (I've never used one, so don't have personal experience) or use something a little larger, like an Intel Nuc mini PC, about the size of a paperback (I'm not promoting Intel specifically, there are others in both cases) or even a small, say 10" or 12" laptop with an HDMI output port plugged into one of the HDMI inputs on the TV.

I did exactly this to watch a streamed event on the other side of the world that warranted something bigger than my laptop screen. Worked just fine.

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TV with smarts

I purchased the Google Chromecast about 2 years ago, so I just stream to my non smart TV it works great best buy I ever made.

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