Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: St-Basile-le-Grand, Québec
Widescreen PC monitor with HDMI settop box? Or LCDTV as a monitor?
I'd like to upgrade my computer monitor and at the same time add a TV to my computer room. After seeing how good my 52" Sony Bravia looks with my laptop hooked up to the PC input, I've been thinking about picking up a smaller LCD TV and using it as a monitor.
Most of what I've read and been told indicates that a 720p TV is not sufficient for a PC monitor (basically like a widescreen version of 1024x768). Anyone using one of these as a monitor, and if so, does the reduced resolution bother you?
The smallest 1080p LCDTVs I've seen at Canadian retailers are three different brands of 32" models (Sharp, Samsung and LG IIRC). Not bad but a bit pricey and slightly larger than I'd like. I see on the Viewsonic site that they now have a 26" 1080p TV but I can't find it at any Canadian dealers (from online searching anyway. I haven't contacted any yet).
On the other hand, there are lots of nice 24-26" widescreen LCD PC monitors around, some with HDMI inputs. These are substantially cheaper than the 32"1080p TVs mentioned above, so I could spring for one of these plus an HD settop box and still end up paying less. Will one of these work with the HDMI output of a settop box (Videotron in my case)? I've tried downloading a couple of manuals from the Viewsonic site, but they don't mention what HDMI devices that can be used, etc., only that the port is there and just to connect a device to it.
Anyway, I'd appreciate any help you can give. This is a Christmas present to myself and I use my PC daily for a variety of tasks, including occasional graphics work so I display is important. I have a Pinnacle USB TV connection for my PC, so in a pinch I could use that going through the PC and to a new monitor, but it would be nice to just turn on the screen for TV viewing without booting up the PC all the time. Plus, I've never found PC TV cards, etc., to be as good as a dedicated connection.