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What's the difference using HDTV as a monitor VS a normal monitor?

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Last response: in Computer Peripherals
November 5, 2012 3:11:38 AM

Hey guys,

This is what I am using now, a 24in 1080p hdtv

And since black friday/cyber monday is this month, I'm hoping to do a bit upgrade.

Compare it say, with this,

Is the dynamic contrast ratio the same when the hdtv functions as a monitor? I heard it's different when it functions as a monitor, not sure.

If it is the same, then comparing to the BenQ's 12mil: 1 DC ratio, I guess I'm missing out on a lot?

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November 5, 2012 9:02:00 PM

Dynamic contrast 'kicks in' if you are watching a video or playing a game that has high contrast changes.

You cannot reliably compare dynamic contrast numbers from one monitor/TV to another.
November 11, 2012 8:58:21 AM

Normal monitors are designed to display in a higher resolution. Often times a TV will not go nearly as high as a computer GPU is capable of. If your going to get a tv for a monitor id look into one of the japanese ones they have a 2160p tv thats like 60" but its very new and probably $1000s of dollars.
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November 11, 2012 9:00:58 AM

For example i have a gpu capable of 2560x1600 but my monitor 27.5" only supports 1920x1200 (1080p)
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November 12, 2012 10:53:20 AM

currently 1080p (1920x1080) is the most common monitor and television format. i believe there is a slight difference in pixel arrangements between the two but in general they are similar.

some smaller tvs are only 720p so any step up to 1080 would be an improvement.

a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 would be a slight step up in sharpness (like 7%) but can cost 300% more then a 1080p screen making it not very good in price vs performance. what you do gain instead of sharpness is a larger screen while keeping the ppi of smaller monitors.

what upgrade route you go depends upon your useage.

you could go with a 2560x monitor, 1080p monitor or large 1080p television depending on why you feel you need to upgrade and what you want to use the monitor for.

i myself use a 40" 1080p television as a screen. it suits frequent movie watching, gaming and only occasional msoffice/general tasks well.