The Best Computer Monitor is an HDTV

Updated on October 6, 2016
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Glenn Stok is skilled at researching and evaluating all kinds of products and has a knack for clearly explaining their features.

Here’s the scoop on my personal experience using an HDTV as my computer monitor. This article is for those who use their computer for serious work and not just for playing games.

Why pay a high price for a computer monitor when you can use an HDTV for a lot less and with more quality and features?

Today's HD televisions have the same, or better, screen technology as computer monitors. In addition, for less cost they include a host of extra features, including better sound quality.

I recently bought a new computer. My old LCD monitor would have worked fine, but it was not the wide-screen type that all new computers have today. So I felt it was time to upgrade that too.

For me, a 24-inch display was all I needed. That would be adding quite a bit of “real-estate” space anyway, since I was upgrading from a 19-inch display.

I had tried several brands and became very disappointed with the quality of all computer monitors on the market. I kept buying and returning several models.

There were two things that bothered me with regular computer monitors:

  1. Narrow viewing angle
  2. Poor audio quality

The angle of display on some brands was not as good as my old monitor. Computer displays are designed for front viewing only. The argument sales reps tell me is that this is a feature to provide security from peeping eyes.

That's something I don’t need to worry about since I work at home. I don’t want to be forced to sit directly in front of the screen just to see it well.

An even worse problem was the poor quality of the sound. The speakers are so small that they produce terrible results.

The response from store sales people was always the same excuse: They say that since new displays are so thin, there’s no room to put good speakers in them. They all tell me I should buy external speakers if I want decent audio.

I was eager to avoid cluttering my desk with extra components, so I really wanted the speakers built in.

I am actually very surprised that manufacturers can’t get it right. Apple did it! The iPad is thin, with little room for good-sized speakers, and my iPad has really great audio quality.

I thought to myself: Televisions built today are also thin and they have great audio with built-in speakers. Therefore, I decided to try an actual HDTV to be used as my monitor.

My HDTV Alternative For My Computer Monitor

24-inch Vizio HDTV being used as my computer monitor with 1920 x 1080 pixels.
24-inch Vizio HDTV being used as my computer monitor with 1920 x 1080 pixels. | Source

Having done my research, I discovered that a 1080p HDTV provides the same video quality as the best digital monitor. It’s equivalent to having a monitor with 1920 x 1080 pixels.

TVs are much cheaper than computer monitors, which is ridiculous because monitors don’t have TV tuners or Internet access. So why are they more expensive. Must be because people don’t know they can use a simple TV and are willing to pay a premium for their computer display. I found a low-cost solution that actually provides better quality.

I examined the LCD TVs that were on display at several stores. I noticed that the viewing angle was wonderful. All the way up to 178 degrees with no loss of clarity or color when viewed at an angle.

VIZIO makes a 24-inch HD model that is 1080p, and as a bonus, it’s a Smart TV. That means it picks up Internet streaming channels in addition to broadcast and cable. The Internet capability includes built-in Apps to watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and more.

However, the main objective is to use it as a computer monitor, so I’ll just talk about that.

What to Look For in a Television Monitor

I bought a 24-inch VIZIO Smart TV and it has excellent audio. I was right about that.

I assume most TV’s will have great audio. I never knew one that didn’t. However, whatever brand you select, it’s important to get an HDTV with 1080p so that you have the clarity of 1920 x 1080 pixels to produce the tiniest text and clear graphics.

You also need to be sure it has an HDMI Interface to connect to your computer. Many larger HDTV’s have more than one.

HDMI carries the signals for both stereo audio and video, so you’ll have less wires running around.

I have an Apple iMac Mini, so I used a cable to connect the Mini Display Port to the HDMI interface on the TV. You can also connect Apple's Thunderbolt™ to HDMI. If you have a computer with a DVI Port, you can use a DVI to HDMI Adapter Cable.

Remember, you need a TV with two features if you are going to use it as a computer monitor:

  1. 1080p resolution
  2. HDMI interface

The Model I’m Using

VIZIO E241i-B1 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (Black)
VIZIO E241i-B1 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV (Black)

I bought the VIZIO E241i-A1 24-inch 1080p LED Smart HDTV. I bought it for less than $200.

This is the newer version of the VIZIO HDTV that I'm using, and it’s also under $200. Try getting a computer monitor for that price.

I was happy with last year's model, so I would bet that this newer model is even better.


There’s a physical difference between last year’s model and the latest:

  • The E241i-A1 (2013 Model) has a tilted view, which I like because it sits low on my desk.

  • The newer E241i-B1 (2014 Model) is completely vertical, but that’s okay too since it has a base that makes it a little higher on the desk.

Both of these models have only one HDMI interface. That’s all you need for your computer. Larger HDTVs have more than one.

If your computer only has an RGB or composite interface, this model of the Vizio supports those too, as you can see in the image of the rear panel below. I recommend HDMI since that provides the best signal.

Rear Component Connection Panel of my VIZIO E241i-A1
Rear Component Connection Panel of my VIZIO E241i-A1 | Source

General Specs of VIZIO Smart HDTVs

Display Type
1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Response time
5 ms
Video Interface
HDMI, RGB (PC), Composite
Other Inputs
Built-In Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Display Sizes
24", 32", 40" … up to 80"
Remote Control
Energy Star

Bigger Screen Sizes

VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV
VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV

This is the 32-inch version of the same HDTV that I'm using. For me, 24 inches (shown above) was perfect for my computer use. But you decide what's best for you.

My choice was for a 24-inch screen. If you want a larger one, you’ll still find a better deal with a HDTV instead of a computer monitor. Just remember to look for one that is 1080p and that has at least one HDMI interface or that supports your computer's monitor interface.


Of Interest to Gamers

Those who play games on PC’s and require monitors that have response times of 5ms or better will be glad to know that most modern HDTV’s are now in that range.

Gamers who have not researched this are under the impression that LCD TV’s have a slow response time, as high as 20+ ms. But I’m finding them in the 5ms range, such as the 24 inch Vizio I mentioned above that I’m using.

Vizio even has a 47-Inch Widescreen LCD 3D TV (Model XVT3D474SV) with a 4 ms response time.

I already had received thanks from a few gaming enthusiasts for guiding them to use a good quality HDTV. They saved money and since the sound with games is extremely important too, this solved their problem of having to use external speakers. The feedback I've received is that they like having less clutter. The built-in high quality speakers in an HDTV eliminated the need for having another item on their desk.

The Best of Both Worlds

Sampling of Smart TV channels
Sampling of Smart TV channels | Source

Most HDTVs today are also Smart TVs. Now that I have a Smart TV sitting on my desk, I find myself taking advantage of it. When I’m not working on the computer, I browse a variety of Internet channels that I don’t have on my regular TV.

The future of television is here. Now you can take full advantage of it to enjoy the best experience for a Computer Monitor.

How about you?

Are you considering getting an HDTV for your computer monitor?

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        Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Rossie Uranga - If you want touch screen then you have to use a computer monitor that has that feature and that interfaces with your computer. You will not be able to use an HDTV.

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        RossieUranga 9 months ago

        I have been waiting to do that since 2005. I saw it could be done but I am not technically talented, I just assume things that I see in my head can be done. I would like to write to you for I know the specs I want. I was going to buy AIO but they are limited to 2tb and I want my pc with at least 3-4tb. So figured I could get HDTV TV with 1080p, HDMI cable ready but also want it to have TOUCHSCREEN. Is the latter possible? Would be willing to send you full specs. Thanks so much.

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        Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Suhaas Ramesh - Don't worry about PPI as long as you get at least a 1080p HDTV no larger than 24 inches as discussed in this article. If you want something larger, then I recommend getting one that's 4K so you have good resolution of small text. Most TVs sold today that are 24 inches or larger usually are smart TVs, so no need to have to choose that or not. Anyway, why would you not get a smart TV since they are no more expensive than regular TVs. Your options may be different in India, so I hope my answers are helpful.

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        Suhaas Ramesh 9 months ago from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

        Hello Mr. Stok,

        You have written a extremely well-researched article. It is very informative and helpful! Reading others comments and your responses to their queries was insightful too.

        Here are few reasons why I want to opt for a large display (monitor or full HDTV) for my computer:

        1. If you notice most people (including me) who use laptops tend to tilt head down with back bent and slouched most of the time. This is very uncomfortable and doesn't help in maintaining a good posture while sitting and working on a laptop especially for long hours. In order to avoid serious health issues, I plan a invest in a large display for my computer. I believe that using a large display will help me maintain a good posture since I'll have to lift my head, erect my spine and maintain my torso parallel to the display without leaning forward too much.

        2. I believe that having a large display could help me focus, be efficient and enable me to produce quality work.

        3. My current laptop is HD (720p), not full HD (1080p). So, I want to go for a higher screen resolution so that my content appears sharper and crisp.

        4. I'm unhappy with the max sound that can be achieved with the built-in speakers on my laptop. By owning a HDTV, as you have mentioned, I don't have to invest in additional speakers since HDTVs comes with with high quality built-in speakers that provide max sound compared to monitors that either don't have speakers or come with poor quality speakers. Saves a lot of space on my study desk/computer table.

        5. HDTVs can be used both as TV and monitor. As you have highlighted, screen resolution and PPI is pretty much the same for 24-inch displays. Therefore, I don't have to buy a TV tuner.

        However, I have a few questions for you.

        1. Most TV catalogs don't mention anything about PPI in HDTVs. They only mention screen resolution. A commoner or someone who is less enthusiastic about technology and tech specs would easily overlook such crucial info. I'm so glad I came across your article. How do I determine PPI in an HDTV?

        2. Since I would be accessing the internet through my computer, I thought of going for standard full HDTV rather than a smart full HDTV. Also, I've noticed that it is quite uncomfortable to use apps on an HDTV. Typing is so tedious and time consuming when you are accessing content on an app like YouTube and it makes me feel very clumsy. Do you think it is necessary to choose a smart full HDTV over a standard full HDTV?

        3. I learnt that 4K UHDTVs comes with 8.3 million pixels and with high PPI. Therefore, large TVs can be viewed from a short distance. I'm not sure if 4K HDTVs come in smaller display sizes like 24-inch or 32-inch. Do 4K UHDTVs come in smaller screen sizes preferably 24-inch?

        4. The biggest issue I'm facing is that I'm unable to find 24-inch standard full HDTVs in premium TV brands such as Samsung, Song, LG, Panasonic, etc. in any of the electronic showrooms my city (Bengaluru) including online retail websites like Amazon India and Flipkart. Standard HDTVs come with only 720p. The full HDTVs starts with sizes that are 32-inches and above and are smart TVs. Amazon India lists other TV brands that offer smart full HDTVs but they aren't popular brands. I'm unsure about the warranty or the quality of service they provide. Is there a TV brand that you would recommend other than the one you own which is available in most of the countries?

        5. In your article, you have pretty much covered everything one needs to know about using an HDTV as computer display. Still, is there anything I should know before purchasing my HDTV?

        I'll gratefully appreciate your reply.

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        Glenn Stok 13 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Thanks Pete. I appreciate your posting your experience. As you may have noticed with the other comments, I get a few people complaining that I don't know what I'm taking about, but they never actually tried it. You have – and I appreciate your feedback attesting that the right HDTV actually does work as a computer monitor. In addition, you're a professional in the business so your comments mean a lot. Thank you.

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        Pete Nutsford 13 months ago

        Thanks so much Glenn. You're quite right with 4k. Actually at the moment we are not using 4k resolution here in NZ (not a broadcast standard yet), and now the top Japanese manufactures have released 8k sets!. I guess 4k will not apply with our use cause even though the feature is there - it is not being used directly. The exception is my good main tv - it is a Panasonic 48ax670 UHD4k 2d / 3d set. Now this is about the best thing I have ever brought. Last night I ran the output of my macbook pro to the HDMI inputs - Voila!... absolutely perfect display for text and graphics. But 48" is a bit large for close up desktop work. The only reason I was looking at 4k is that is really all you can buy new these days - and I want to try and get 2 sets the same, so buying new might be the only course of action. I might pop back into the store today and try a few more sets, also checking the PPI rating on them.

        What I am after here is dedicating one monitor to running the V'Jay app (Virtual DJ), and the other for live monitoring of the motion feed out to the audience.

        Again, thanks for the help.


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        Glenn Stok 13 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Pete, as you noticed I wrote this in reference to using 1080p HD TVs as a computer monitor and not about using 4K technology. Even though 4K is an advanced technology, it's purpose is evidently not for use as a monitor as you discovered. Something about 4K obviously is not right for the purpose, but I haven't tested it so I can't comment about it. If you want to be sure, get what I am using. I've been very happy with it for several years now and I do a lot of work on it, writing articles, editing images, etc.

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        Pete Nutsford 13 months ago

        Hi Glen, Fantastic page. At the moment I am looking at buying 2 tv's for use as monitor - live video feed out from a V'jing program.

        I have looked at 2 Panasonic 32" 4K sets, and would have thought they would have done the job being 4k - but text is a little blotchy / grainy. Guess the PPI is not high enough?.

        So is it best to purchase a HD1080p set dedicated to this?.

        Any help you can give me would be great.

        Thanks so much!, Pete

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        Glenn Stok 13 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Great Janet! As long as you stick to the technical recommendations, as I see you clearly understood, your son should be very happy with it. Please report back here with a comment on the outcome.

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        Janet Boles 13 months ago

        Thanks for this information. I googled this exact thing and got your article. We were wanting to get our teen a TV like this and put it on his desk so it could be a TV/ computer. Just about the right size and all. My main concerns were would it really work like we thought and which ones would be the best to choose... We wanted a smart TV also.. Well I think you have answered all my questions and then some lol!!! Will take all your technical advice on size, 1080p HDMI etc... Thanks so much.. people taking the time to post their successes is what helps others so much.. My son will also thank you!!!

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        Glenn Stok 15 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Brian Adams - I'm actually surprised you had no problems with text on a 720p TV, especially since you were using such a large screen. Even a 24" screen requires 1080p when using it as a computer monitor. Since you plan to stay with 42 inches with your new monitor, I recommend going with the highest pixels available with the present technology, and that is 4K.

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        Brian Adams 15 months ago

        For the past 5 years I have used a 42" 720p TV as a computer monitor at about 10 feet from where I sit. For the most part I use it for photo editing and some Word/Excel documents. I am now looking at upgrading to either 4K or 1080p. From what I have read it seems as though the 1080p has fewer potential problems with set up. I know you are commenting on 24" monitors, but do you have any comment on using 4K or 1080p?

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        Glenn Stok 15 months ago from Long Island, NY

        BarbRad - No, I never heard anything about humming or any noise coming from a smart TV. When it's off - it off. Maybe you misunderstood what you read on Amazon.

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        Barbara Radisavljevic 15 months ago from Templeton, CA

        Thank you for this information. We've been thinking of upgrading our very old TV to a smart TV that will add internet capability to the TV programming. I was reading the reviews on Amazon and some people complained of humming or clicking they could hear from 10 feet away when the unit was off. Have you heard that?

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        Glenn Stok 16 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Jerry Griswold - If your TV has two HDMI ports then connect your cable box to one and the laptop to the other. The TV itself has an option in it's settings menu to select the input you want to use.

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        Jerry Griswold 16 months ago

        How do I move between cable tv and my laptop. Do I need a TV with two hdmi ports and some sort of switch? The cable folks left me their remote and an hdmi cable. My laptop is ready for hdmi. Just trying to figure out how to move between.

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        Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Alan - I wouldn't call a 42-inch TV a monitor. I never even considered one as a computer monitor. You're on a new threshold, one I have not researched.

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        alan 17 months ago

        thank you so much for your input re the choices for a large 42 inch mobile monitor so i can be a distance away from the monitor/tv (i will ck into the 4k)

        With my work, i need to keep multiple screens open

        and use table/desk in front of me to write on documents and/or read from technical books. i don't want the screen on my desk.

        if you have any ideas re:mobile stands for a 42 inch monitor please let me know

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        Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Dominick - Thanks for sharing your experience with a 40" TV. Of course, since it's 4K, you have no problem. However, you're paying for the advantage. That's fine if that's the size you want for your computer monitor, but most people don't need 40" for desktop monitors. That's why this article is focused on smaller size monitors.

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        Dominick 17 months ago

        I am using a tv as monitor as well...I am using the Samsung 4k smart tv at 40"...I have to tell you I thought it was going to be too big but r is absolutely perfect reason being the 4k works perfect at the distance I am sitting from...and it did NOT require a lot of adjustments whatsoever...the detail, the pixels...EVERYTHING...just just wanted to share that as well...and keep up the great post!!!!

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        Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Alan, A 42 inch TV is not useful for computer work. Even with the best resolution available today the text would be blurry.

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        Alan 17 months ago

        I want to be able to have a 42 inch screen with great resolution that I can operate w mac computer using a cable or AppleTV. I want to work on three pages open at one time. I want to place it on a mobile stand so that I can roll it between two different rooms in the office. Please inform me what your recommendation is for these three requirements of this size screen used at a distance on a mobile stand using AppleTV. Thank you

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        Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Marcus, Your comment is not posted because you were promoting another site against the terms of service as noted. However I am pleased to respond to your concerns.

        You did not mention which brand TV you bought that had blurry text. The one I mentioned in this article has crisp text even as small as 6pt. I never had a problem and still using it today for all my development work.

        As for subsampling , you did not mention what interface to your computer you were using with the TV using 4:2:0 subsampling. That might be the issue causing your problem. Once again, the one I mentioned does not have this problem. In any case, subsampling is more of an issue for film makers using green screen backgrounds.

        As for 4K, of course that will always provide crisp text, but the extra expense is not necessary for normal desk work distance. 4K is a high end technology really meant for large screen TVs that are used for far-distance viewing.

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        Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

        Daniel - The pixel density (or pixels per inch) will decrease with larger TVs, so a 40 inch HDTV will not serve well as a computer monitor.

        Large-screen TVs are made for distance viewing, such as across living room. They are not meant for detailed clarity that is necessary for computer work.

        My discovery that HDTVs make good monitors is based on normal monitor sizes. A 24-inch HDTV at 1080p has extreme clarity because it has a large number of pixels per inch (ppi), so tiny characters are clear. As you increase the screen size for distant viewing, the ppi is no longer sufficient for detailed computer work.

        I do all my work on a 24-inch HDTV monitor as I referenced in this article. At that size it matches or exceeds the clarity of a dedicated monitor.

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        Daniel 17 months ago

        I need to upgrade my PC monitor, but also the TV in my room.

        So I'm thinking instead of buying a monitor and a TV to buy just a new TV and use it as a monitor.

        But the TV is going to be big, I'm going for the 40 inch Full HD by Hisense.

        What I wonder is if what you said about HDTV being the best monitors and how you can still see clear characters and details applies to also TV that are that big or if by increasing the size of the screen the clearness of characters decreases.

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        Glenn Stok 21 months ago from Long Island, NY

        RJ73 - HDMI 2.0 cables can handle up to 18 gigabits per second. That's enough to handle up to 60 fps.

        What you said about many manufactures not advertising the true Hz is correct. For that matter, many even use methods to make it seem like it's better than it is. For that reason you have to trust your own personal experience, as I do.

        I'm still using my HDTV mentioned in this article for a few years now and I'm very happy with the results. Since I use my computer for writing these articles, creating spreadsheets, and working with images, I find that small detail such as tiny lettering is completely clear and easy on the eyes.

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        RJ73 21 months ago

        What about frame rates? Could be wrong here but my understanding is that HDMI cables can only cope with enough data to produce 30fps (1080P), most serious pc gamers will not go below 60fps. Also when many smart tv's promote 250hz etc as a refresh rate this is most often non native and is internal processing done within the TV itself - many will not even advertise the true Hz. For gamers Gsync monitors look like the best option these match the frame rate of the monitor to your GPU, smart TVs cannot do this.

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Hi Glenn,

        You didn't miss anything, I was just offering up a dual option. I enjoy following this thread - fascinating as we are all involved in both tv and computers on a daily basis. Outstanding and well thought out post and fantastic comments. Thank you!

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        GmaGoldie - If I understand correctly, you say you are using your PC as a TV. That's fine too, but my article is about using an HDTV as a monitor. Quite the reverse. Did I miss something from what you meant?

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Fantastic idea! Thank you! I have used my HP Touch Smart for a tv for close to five years and love it - so now that is time to upgrade a few other spaces in our home, this is a perfect alternative. Keep up the outstanding work!

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Thanks for noticing that, Audrey. Reading the comments brings a full picture to the surface, doesn't it? They argue, but they haven't tried it. I'm using my HDTV for over a year now with no problems. And a couple of friends did the same thing and are very happy too. Be well, Audrey. Thanks again.

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        Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

        Hi Glenn _ I love the way the naysayers try to convince you that you are wrong. Your reasoning is sound and makes for excitement for others to do the same thing. You investigated. You liked. You bought. What better way to get what pleases you. Wait until my husband hears this story. Sounds wonderful. Sharing Blessings, Audrey PS I like the way you think outside the box.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        cfin - The Vizio model that I mentioned here does not have that problem. I work often on images that have mostly black backgrounds and I don't see flash lighting as you described. Thanks of that info. It goes to show that buyers need to do their due diligence.

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        cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

        Hi Glenn Stok,

        What I mentioned is flash lighting, not flashing lights. It is prevalent in many side lit LED TV's. It is actually extremely common and only bothers some people. The TV was not a dudd or damaged. It is where blobs of light or stripes of lighter texture are visible across the screen when viewing dark scenes. Every unit within some models have this, and the manufacturer will just tell you that it's normal. This may be a factor or con to consider for example when using autocad or 3D renderer on the PC. It's worth researching for someone like yourself who finds this interesting. My wife is very sensitive to flashlighting and usually people who enjoy a good contrast ratio on their monitor cannot use a TV with heavy flashlighting. It is also of note that Many backlit plasma TV's do not suffer from this issue, and it is a reason why I was also a fan of plasma.

        To see flashlighting, do some work on screen that requires a very dark screen. The lighting issue will be quite clear. In some TV's it can be minimized by turning down the backlight almost completely.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Writer Fox - Thanks for sharing this with your followers. Glad you found it useful. I've been using the Vizio HDTV for almost a year now as my computer monitor and still am amazed at the quality of the video and the sound.

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        Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

        You've convinced me to look into the VIZIO Smart TV. I appreciate your thorough review of this and the other options. What you said about the price comparison is amazing, too. Voted up, highly useful! and shared.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Suzanne Day - I stayed with my old monitor a long time too, until I decided that I was missing out by not having a wide screen. That's when I discovered how awful computer monitors are as compared to HDTVs. You just have to remember to get an HDTV with 1080p.

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        Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

        Great idea - I'm using up my OK monitor until it burns out, then I'm gonna try what you recommend! Voted useful.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Some Gamer - The HD TV's built today have the same technical specs as a PC Monitor. And in addition, HD TV's have better built-in speakers than PC monitors have. Just make sure you buy a TV with 1080 pixels as I mentioned in this article. And if you are concerned about gaming speed, get one with 120 Hz, that's better than the more expensive monitors.

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        Some Gamer 3 years ago

        This wouldn't be a good solution for gaming though, as the response time would be much higher in a TV than in a Monitor.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        MsDora - I guess what your son did that for was to make presentation of a computer application to an audience. A 54" screen is great for that, but on the other hand, I think it's too big for a desktop.

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        Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

        I have seen my son project the computer images onto the TV screen and I actually like the 54" view. Thank you for this very commonsense idea. Voted Up!

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        heidithorne - That's why I use a 24-inch screen. One wouldn't want a 70-inch screen for a computer monitor for sure. Your graphics design work would be great on an HDTV. And by the way, it IS a real screen. The technology used in a High Definition TV is the same as used in a computer monitor (as long as you go with 1080p). And a TV provides improved audio without the need for expensive external speakers.

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        Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

        My husband does the same thing with a humongous TV! For me, it's just too large to view and so bright it makes my eyes hurt. But I think a smaller version of it would be usable for sure.

        I think the only concern I would have is with some graphic design stuff I do. It would look so amazing on the screen, that I may forget to see how it looks on a real screen. :)

        But it is tempting!


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