high def. tv as primary monitor?

By franklinz
Dec 20, 2002
  1. I was wondering if anybody is using a high definition tv as a monitor?
    And if the refresh rate and resolution would be as high as a traditional monitor?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I haven't personally tried it, but I'm guessing it would be MUCH better than using a standard television, however - Nowhere as good as current monitors.

    The reason being is that HDTV has a lower refresh rate and a max resolution of somewhere around 1100x700 usually (not exact figures, because they vary).. But can you imagine using such a resolution on a 32" or more screen? Eeek gads! That would be pretty gross in my opinion. Your start button would be 5 inches wide and you'd have to move your head while you move your mouse. :p

    It would be very cool to watch DVDs on and perhaps play games (despite the not-so-great resolution).. Bigger is better! But the clarity of 1100 stretched out over 32+ inches wouldn't be that great I would think.
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I would think by now HDTV's would support multiple resolutions for this sort of thing, but they are TV's and not monitors :haha:

    And I concur on the 5" Start button...1024x768 is small enough on a 21" monitor, so just think of a TV twice that size :eek:
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