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Old 03-22-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Using LED TV as monitor?

I'm looking to ditch my old monitors and upgrade to one of these:

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/t...getype=subtype

Are there any possible issues with using a TV like this as your monitor? Or is it nothing to worry about?
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

I had a Samsung 55inch 8000 series LED. You can use it for a monitor, but it's a really expensive monitor. Also your not getting more resolution. You won't be able to fit a bunch of tables. If you are look at getting it for a new TV and use it as your monitor be careful with these LEDs. I had mine for 2 weeks before returning it. the off angle viewing is SO BAD I couldn't deal with it and even with the 240hz there was a lot of blurr.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:50 AM   #3
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

Why would you spend that damn much on a TV to use as a monitor that won't give you any more room (resolution) than a monitor of the same size? I'm not sure what size you're looking at buying but I personally don't think its worth the price considering the lack of value. Buy the LEDTV for the living room and buy a monitor for you computer.

I've never really been an advocate of buying a TV for use as a computer screen unless you're doubling it as an actual TV also. You can get more bang for your buck with monitors if its only going to be used for a computer monitor.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

Thanks for the responses guys. I'm looking at the 55" 8500.

The money is not a big issue. I'm ready to invest in whatever will monitor will help me play optimally.

The resolution seems to be the main issue. Is it that big a deal? The TV has the same resolution as my samsung T240 monitors, and blows them away in every other category. I calculated I can fit ~15 tables at once comfortably on the LED TV which is about all I'd need.

Another option is getting 2-3 30" monitors, but the idea of having to pay attention to only one screen appeals to me more.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:56 PM   #5
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

a 55" TV is nowhere near an optimal setup. The TV will hold the exact same number of tables as your 24" monitor, but just make them much much bigger (not scaled, just zoomed). There is wayyyy too much head movement required to look across the screen (assuming you set it on a desk) OR you will have to be sitting too far away to be able to monitor action/bet sizes correctly. Not to mention that you will have to adjust fonts to be able to view it correctly if you choose to sit far away.

If you're willing to spend $4500 on a monitor setup, just buy 1 or 2 30" monitors and actually have a comfortable viewing situation for poker.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:24 PM   #6
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a 55" TV is nowhere near an optimal setup. The TV will hold the exact same number of tables as your 24" monitor, but just make them much much bigger (not scaled, just zoomed).
Well, assuming I keep the tables the same size, it will hold many more tables right? I'm visualizing it being (roughly) equivalent to 2 24" monitors side by side.

I agree about the head movement. If I got the TV I would mount it on the wall in front of my desk, maybe 30" in front of me.

I'm still torn about this decision. Assuming the money is not an issue and I just want what will work best, the only pro I can come up with for getting 30" monitors is their superior resolution. Everything else seems to work better with the TV (size, lighting, refresh rate, contrast). If I got the TV I would get a good wall mount so I could adjust the angle and distance from my head.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

You will fit more on a single 30" monitor than on a 55"
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:29 PM   #8
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You will fit more on a single 30" monitor than on a 55"
Can you explain this? Does it all have to do with the resolution?
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

Screen resolution and screen size are independent of each other. Imagine a box with 1920 x 1080 golf balls in it. That is your 24" monitor. Now imagine a much bigger box with 1920 x 1080 baseballs in it. That is your 55" TV screen. It's not how big the box is that determines how much you can fit on the screen, it's how many balls fit in it.
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

i agree to kerowo.

is there already any 3d monitor available?
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:38 PM   #11
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Screen resolution and screen size are independent of each other. Imagine a box with 1920 x 1080 golf balls in it. That is your 24" monitor. Now imagine a much bigger box with 1920 x 1080 baseballs in it. That is your 55" TV screen. It's not how big the box is that determines how much you can fit on the screen, it's how many balls fit in it.
Good analogy, thanks. I'm still a little confused though.

My 24" monitor has a 1920x1080 resolution, as does the 55" TV. Continuing the analogy, doesn't that mean we're putting golf balls in both boxes, but the TV box is much larger so it can fit more balls? If I'm understanding correctly the ball size changes with the resolution.
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Good analogy, thanks. I'm still a little confused though.

My 24" monitor has a 1920x1080 resolution, as does the 55" TV. Continuing the analogy, doesn't that mean we're putting golf balls in both boxes, but the TV box is much larger so it can fit more balls?
think of the golf balls as being larger. same number of golf balls, but you can see them clearly from much farther away.
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Good analogy, thanks. I'm still a little confused though.

My 24" monitor has a 1920x1080 resolution, as does the 55" TV. Continuing the analogy, doesn't that mean we're putting golf balls in both boxes, but the TV box is much larger so it can fit more balls? If I'm understanding correctly the ball size changes with the resolution.
Think of just making everything larger, not adding more room for the golf balls. The screen size gets larger, but so do the golf balls. You can't fit any more in the area even though the area is larger.

The 30" offers so much more room because the resolution is 2560 x 1600 instead o 1920 x 1080 like the TV and your monitor.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:57 PM   #14
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Re: Using LED TV as monitor?

Okay I understand now. Thanks for the help. I went with two 30" dells.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:55 PM   #15
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Okay I understand now. Thanks for the help. I went with two 30" dells.
There we go. Whats your computer setup? Make sure you can handle both monitors :P
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