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I need a computer monitor either 27 or 32 inch, but when searching monitors alot of tv's come up. Is it better i Buy a standalone monitor vs a good spec tv - as both will have hdmi inputs and not sur… Read More
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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#1
It depends what you are going to use the monitor TV for.
#2
Unless you're viewing this from an unusually long distance for a monitor (1.5m/5'+) then a 1920x1080 screen probably won't let you fit on as much as you expect as well as looking a little blocky. For normal desk use you really want a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 screen at 32". 27" is sort of the crossover point and can go either way depending on the depth of your desk.

The other exception is content that is the same size whatever the resolution. If it's primarily for watching films then 1920x1080 would actually be preferable, and I'd suspect it's perfectly acceptable for gaming although I've never tried.

Generally the difference between monitors and TVs is that monitors are biased towards accurate reproduction while TVs are biased towards making the picture look good. For example if there's a video on the screen then the TV will try and clean it up. Great if the video is a film you want to watch, not so great if you're trying to edit that video. There are also a few image features only available on one side at the moment, like variable refresh rate for monitors or local backlight dimming for TVs.

The differences are bigger as you pay more, if you go as cheap as possible then you obviously get a minimal set of electronics on either side.

Edited By: EndlessWaves on Nov 28, 2016 17:06
#3
Don't make the mistake of thinking a 32'' FHD TV comes anywhere close to a 32'' FHD monitor. On a 32'' TV everything is blocky and text is unclear and reproduction of colour is way off (I'm assuming your're using the monitor with a PC). LG 32MP58HQ-P 31.5" Full HD IPS were going for £215 delivered 2 days ago when I was looking. Review here.


Edited By: RiverDragon8 on Nov 29, 2016 09:23: edit
#4
Thanks for the replies
So it seems the monitor would be better as will be used mostly for work and browsing and I dont want blotchy text.
Is the above samsung a good budget choice? thanks
#5
RiverDragon8
Don't make the mistake of thinking a 32'' FHD TV comes anywhere close to a 32'' FHD monitor. On a 32'' TV everything is blocky and text is unclear and reproduction of colour is way off

Colour reproduction depends on the gamut and calibration and varies between displays, wrong colours isn't a general TV characteristic.

Text being blocky and unclear sounds like you were feeding the TV a compressed signal like 4:2:2 or 4:2:0. Most TVs these days are pretty good about accepting the normal uncompressed 4:4:4 signal from a PC but it is a potential issue on the cheaper ones.
#6
So the 32 'monitor' will be clearer/better for internet browsing and for word documents in comparison to a FHD tv
#7
Sandy1012
So the 32 'monitor' will be clearer/better for internet browsing and for word documents in comparison to a FHD tv
110% I was in the same position as you wanting a bigger screen, have you considered dual monitors i.e 2 x 21.5'' or 2 x 24'' instead of one big monitor? you want to take a look into that.



Edited By: RiverDragon8 on Nov 29, 2016 13:08: edit
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RiverDragon8
Sandy1012
So the 32 'monitor' will be clearer/better for internet browsing and for word documents in comparison to a FHD tv
110% I was in the same position as you wanting a bigger screen, have you considered dual monitors i.e 2 x 21.5'' or 2 x 24'' instead of one big monitor? you want to take a look into that.

Def dont want 2 screens, so looks like a monitor is the way forward,
I would like 32" for the best price, iv been keeping an eye out an the samsung above or the curved version for £250
seems to be the value so far

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