Will 32" HDTV look good hooked up as a monitor from my laptop?

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Old 01-21-10, 06:42 AM
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Will 32" HDTV look good hooked up as a monitor from my laptop?

I'm shopping for a new 32" hdtv lcd display. I'm wondering if I can expect it to look good as a monitor hooked up via the VGA cable (my only option), and if so, would 720p or 1080p look better? The laptop has Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M graphics. I'd like to be able to read text as I would on my laptop. Would I be able to? I know nothing about HD tv's.
 
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Old 01-21-10, 05:24 PM
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First off, TV and computer have different resolutions. 720p, 1080i, and 1080p are all TV resolutions. Computer is different. there is 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768. An HDTV can be used as a computer monitor. But, the VGA input on the display is all on its own, the supported resolutions are different. When a computer is connected to a display, it looks great, but the text does tend to get small in comparision to the size of the display. Can it be read? Yes, it can, but from my experiences, you have to be 5 feet or less from the display. If that does not work for you, try to use the accessibility settings on the computer to make all of the type and fonts larger.
 
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If the video card's settings in the computer you're planning to use can match the "native resolution" of the LCD, you'll have nice crisp text. If the computer's video card is set to exceed those numbers, you'll either need to dumb down your computer settings (free), or buy an LCD with a built-in scan converter (adds to least $500 to the price).
 
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Old 01-24-10, 12:33 PM
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How about a 720p lcd? Would there be a noticeable difference from a 1080p when using as a monitor?
 
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Why not take your laptop to a store and try out several different brands and styles?
 
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Old 01-29-10, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the idea. I had a question; I just realized one of the models I'm looking at has S-XGA, vga pc connection. Does this mean the screen will have black bars on both sides and show the computer screen in only 4/3 instead of 16/9 wide?

Newegg.com - TOSHIBA 37" 16:9 8ms 1080p LCD HDTV 37RV525R
 
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Depends on your PC output. Some can output in widescreen, some can't. I know that mine can, but my brother's can't.
 
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