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June 9, 2012 2:22:48 PM

Hi,

Buying a new monitor and wondering how important connections are.

A lot seem to have DVI only - is there any advantage to paying more for a monitor that has both DVI and HDMI?

I have separate speakers for my computer because in my experience monitor speakers are generally pretty poor.

Blair

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June 9, 2012 2:38:16 PM

im in the same boat as you, i have never used monitor speakers because of their poor quality. in fact all the monitors I own don't even feature speakers. since you won't be using the speakers, DVI only monitor will work just fine for you.

image wise, DVI and HDMI give you the same quality image.
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June 9, 2012 3:20:25 PM

wordjuggler said:
Hi,

Buying a new monitor and wondering how important connections are.

A lot seem to have DVI only - is there any advantage to paying more for a monitor that has both DVI and HDMI?

I have separate speakers for my computer because in my experience monitor speakers are generally pretty poor.

Blair

Advantage? No. However it does make the monitor more universal. Many smart phones/laptops consoles use HDMI so it makes connecting those to a monitor easier.
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June 9, 2012 4:23:31 PM

If your only going to use your monitor for your computer, then DVI is fine. However, in the future you may want to multi-purpose your monitor and use it for other input. For instance, I have my computer hooked up to my DVI connector, an XBox through the HDMI and a TV tuner through the VGA.
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June 9, 2012 10:00:23 PM

Best answer selected by wordjuggler.
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June 9, 2012 10:04:54 PM

Thanks, hadn't considered the XBox or laptop when looking for a monitor but it does make sense. Will get a monitor with DVI and HDMI.
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June 10, 2012 3:09:16 AM

DVI and HDMI give you the same image quality. The difference is that HDMI carries audio and video; DVI only carries video. Since you won't be using your monitor speakers, DVI should do fine.
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