View Full Version : Using a wide screen TV as a computer monitor

March 21st, 2007, 12:00 AM
Hi all

Thoughts, comments suggestions


March 21st, 2007, 12:24 AM
At work, we hooked up a computer to a Sharp Aquos LCD display. Though it wouldn't accept full 1920X1080 resolution, it still looked pretty good.

That would be the thing: check to see what's the max VGA resolution the monitor will accept.

March 21st, 2007, 12:55 AM
Hi all

Thoughts, comments suggestions


Double check whether your computer supports the native(!) resolution of the monitor.
If the image has to be rendered up/down to the monitor's resolution it won't be sharp anymore.


March 21st, 2007, 01:37 AM
The unit I'm looking at is a Daytek DM32 sold at Costco.

Here are some relevant specs.

Resolution: 1366 x 768
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Screen size: 32 in.
HDTV ready 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast: 1600:1
Response time: 8 ms
Picture-in-Picture (PIP) and split screen (PBP)

AV connections:
1 x HDMI with HDCP support
1 x RGB (D-sub 15pin) input
2 x component video inputs (Y, Pb, Pr)
1 x S-Video input
1 x composite video input
1 x NTSC TV tuner
1 x composite video output

As my present monitor is set to 1024 X 768 am I correct in assuming I would get a larger viewable image with the same sharpness as my existing monitor?



March 21st, 2007, 02:22 AM
Ah now I understand what you mean by Native resolution...hmmm...kinda puts this TV in a whole different light

March 21st, 2007, 02:36 AM
It won't be good!

Don't do it!

March 21st, 2007, 08:24 AM
AFAIK that's an incredibly uncommon resolution for a video card.

also i dont know how you were planning to hook into the tv...

March 21st, 2007, 08:50 AM

March 21st, 2007, 01:02 PM
I finally got hold of my Computer guru who put the whole TV as a computer monitor in perspective so no, I will not be buying this puppy. He has a line on decent sized LG monitors for a few more $$$ so I think that's the direction I'll be going.

Price was damn good though - $650 CDN

Oh well

March 21st, 2007, 01:10 PM
This will a luxary one day. I so want to work on a 30 inch..think it would speed things up so much.
Its got to be last on the list though. I was thinking about getting a TV too but from wehat you guys say I'll look for an LG when the time comes.:)

March 21st, 2007, 01:38 PM

neither being standard on pc's... so there'd be adapters involved i guess?

March 22nd, 2007, 09:00 AM
I was looking at 19" flat panel monitors the other day and was amazed that they can be had for about US$200-250. They were all in boxes stamped "To be sold on the Malaysian market only" and only had PC video cable hook-ups. I still might buy one.

Years ago, like in around '98, someone wheeled a huge demo flat panel display into our area and said "see what you can do with this". The resolution sucked badly. I mean, who wants the Windoze icons to be 3" across? We ended up running some of our marketing videos on it in a loop for want of anything better to do with it...

March 23rd, 2007, 01:22 AM
I thought this looked pretty nifty when I first saw it:



March 23rd, 2007, 03:21 AM
that'll do