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Sony Bravia W5500 == main computer display

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
I am mulling over this Bravia W series tv for use as a computer monitor: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-KDL32W5500U-Widescreen-Freeview-Motionflow/dp/B001RCU7FI/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_4

This tv is an 8bit panel and is of the S-PVA panel type. I currently have the legendary IPS Dell 2005wfp paired with a geforce 8800GT. I would like to get a bigger display and keep the 8bit image quality that I have gotten used to, without breaking the piggy bank.

Anyone using an 8bit hdtv as a computer monitor? Or if you have one of the W5500 bravia's then please post your thoughts.
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Here is the clickable link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-KDL32W5500U-Widescreen-Freeview-Motionflow/dp/B001RCU7FI/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_4

PS: anyone know how to post a link in the first post. Was searching the forums but couldn't find anything.
#2
how far are you going ot be sitting? why not get a 24inch or if thats too small a 30?

TV's are Massive to be using sitting 30 cm's away!
#3
I would be sitting approx 2-3feet away. I also watch a lot of movies from the back of the room - about 4metres away. For that reason, 24inch monitor may be a bit too small. Would consider a 27incher, but really want good picture quality. I was going to think about 30 inch monitors, but the ones with 8bit panels get priced ridiculously high so thought why not just get a good 8bit telly at 32inches i.e. the Sony Bravia linked above.
#4
Seems a lot of money for a 32" and it will be too big if you're that close up.

Why not get the 37" or 40" for a bit more and a wireless keyboard and mouse ?
#5
That's not a bad idea at all. I will look into that. Possibly go see it in person at Currys or something. Only problem is that I don't have a display port adapter for my MacBook... really want to know how it handles pc/mac input.

There must be someone out there that has a Bravia W5500 connected to their PC??
#6
what do u want to know enemy? i have a 37w5500 i can connect my laptop to the TV if you want..

:)
#7
jackvdbuk;7838420
what do u want to know enemy? i have a 37w5500 i can connect my laptop to the TV if you want..

:)

Aha, I knew there were W5500 owners out there!

If you can hook it up and open up a blank notepad i.e. white screen, and let me know how uniform that looks from upclose and/or 2-3 feet away. Then if you open up a Windows folder that has files and folders inside it; does the colours of the files/folders look as they should? I've seen a couple of tellies display them as very bland and grey-ish (thinking of the Samsung T260HD) - the only way to correct this is to turn up the brightness, but with the Samsung T260, at a brightness level where the colours look good, it is uncomfortable to sit in front of. Do you see any similar issues? Also, if you load up a game like HL2 or counterstrike, does it look ok?

I went past Currys today and saw it in there. It looks about the right size for me to sit in front of. I will need to get a display port adator and a dvi to hdmi cable before I can do my own tests. So would appreciate if you could let me know your results from the tests above.
#9
Wow thanks mate, there is some rep coming your way! TV looks very nice. I can see what you mean about the text. When you say it is too big, were you sat facing head on, looking up at it / looking down? I saw it in Currys and looking slightly down at it, it seemed like it could work. My desk goes about 60cm deep and I normally lay back in my chair with my arms at the desk.

My manager at work has a 30" Apple Cinema Display. He sits ery close to the screen (about 1-2feet) with his eyes just above the top edge of the screen - seems to work well for him. I noticed that on the Sony, the distance from the frame to the corner of the display looks really wide - the Apple Cinema Display is not too wide. So I'm thinking that they are probably more or less the same size.
#10
well thats a 37, i suppose 32 could work pretty well

the edges are pretty thick but the styling i found is much nicer and clean over the rival samsungs , philips .et.c

why not go into currys and ask them to let you plug in your lappy ;)

the dell 3007 models are another option you could consider, crazy size and a res of 2560x something its massive!

i just wondered also, do cheaper TV models still suffer from when you dont look dead on you cant watch the picture clearly? unlike on more high end monitors?

i.e TN panels vs S-PVA ?
#11
jackvdbuk;7842872
why not go into currys and ask them to let you plug in your lappy ;)

Funnily enough, I did ask them that. The guy I spoke to was a supposed TV expert, he was trying to tell me there is no laptop in the world that can output 1080p because they aren't powerful enough yet lol. Ignoring his noobish misunderstanding, I asked him if I can bring it in and do it anyway, but he kept saying there is no point as it won't work. So I had to correct him by shattering his misguided illusion that 1080p was the be all, end all resolution that only bluray players can output. Then the guy basically said, ok bring it in and do what you want but we won't help you as we don't give that level of assistance. lol... I think I offended him in some way. I don't feel any sympathy for him though since he was that type of salesman that acts like he knows all and can't take it when you correct them. Oh well, he kinda gave me the all clear so I will try it once I get my adapters and cables sorted.

jackvdbuk;7842872

the dell 3007 models are another option you could consider, crazy size and a res of 2560x something its massive!

The 3007 is definitely nice, but the £1000 price is not exactly wallet friendly lol... hence, 8bit Sony telly seems like a bargain at £550.

jackvdbuk;7842872
i just wondered also, do cheaper TV models still suffer from when you dont look dead on you cant watch the picture clearly? unlike on more high end monitors?

i.e TN panels vs S-PVA ?

Yes. I bought a T260HD last year and I could see this when sitting slightly lower than the screen but not so much when looking from the sides. I got it on a bargain price from Asda and was going to ebay it. But in the end my mate wanted it so I sold it to him for the bargain price that I picked it up for.

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