I'm looking at a 24" Acer LED Monitor vs. a 24" Toshiba LED TV. They both have:
- 1920 x 1080 max resolution
- 60 ghz screen refresh rate
However the computer monitor specs include things like:
- 5ms response time
- 250nit brightness
- 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio
Will the computer monitor have clearer resolution? If I get the TV I will have to go DVI from computer to HDMI into TV, whereas the computer monitor will be a DVI to DVI connection.
I like the television because I edit video and I'll be able to playback the edited footage to a client on the TV quickly. (Clients like when I play back on a TV as opposed to a computer monitor) Also I can watch TV. However, I want the product with better resolution.
60 gigahertz would be an impressive refresh rate, but I'm guessing that was just a typo.
The response time and contrast ratio are 99% marketing BS, but what does the TV give for brightness? Also, does it give viewing angles (which might be a clue as to the panel type)?
A few years ago I used a 1366x768 TV as a substitute monitor while my regular monitor was in for repairs, and found it didn't really work well as a computer monitor. However, I think recent 1920x1080 TVs should work fine as monitors, and should have about the same text readability. In fact, there might even be a monitor that uses the exact same panel internally that the TV uses (for that size; screens bigger than 30 inches diagonal are almost always sold as TVs rather than monitors). The line between monitors and TVs has become very blurry - just about any TV sold now will have HDMI input, which is easy to connect a computer to, and there are some monitors, such as the Samsung P2770HD, that have TV tuners built in.
The 5000:1 "image contrast ratio" is probably exaggerated (though not as much as the dynamic contrast ratio of the monitor, I would guess), but that along with the viewing angles suggests that the TV is an AMVA panel, which in general has better color accuracy and static contrast than the TN panel of the monitor, though possibly a little more motion blur.
I see no reason to be wary of DVI to HDMI - they're both digital signals, and they have a high degree of compatibility. DVI usually doesn't carry the audio that HDMI can, but there are often ways around that.