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Old 17th June 2010, 15:44   #46
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Another worthy candidate: Acer Aspire Revo (Atom+ Nvidia ION)
It comes in a very sleek profile and has Nvidia ION chipset to support 1080p videos. The flash 10.1 update also allows it to play HD flash videos from youtube without any issues. Supports HDMI output too for use with LCD Tvs.

At 199 $ it is a steal. I'm seriously thinking of getting this next week.
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Another worthy candidate: Acer Aspire Revo (Atom+ Nvidia ION)
It comes in a very sleek profile and has Nvidia ION chipset to support 1080p videos. The flash 10.1 update also allows it to play HD flash videos from youtube without any issues. Supports HDMI output too for use with LCD Tvs.

At 199 $ it is a steal. I'm seriously thinking of getting this next week.
Yes, Acer Revo (Ion based) is a decent HTPC alternative if you can live with limited expandability and a few compromises. As a matter of fact, Ion does not support DTS-MA

But is it even available in India and if yes @ what price?

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Old 12th July 2010, 18:06   #48
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Hi guys, need some help choosing a monitor for my Desktop in the bedroom....Now i am looking for something which would ideally double up as a normal TV as well soo that i can watch (my fav channels as and when i want without disturbing my folks in the TV room)....

Now i was all set to buy the revolutionary LG Monitor/TV - M237WA for 16k.....But then i stumbled upon a LG 26" LED TV - 26LE5300 which is primarily a TV but also has PC input..... I was amazed by it and i can get it for 26k........

Now the question that arises is..........will the LED TV work properly with my desktop?........I know it will do a great job to satisfy my TV needs....But what i want to know is that is it a compromise in any way over a proper computer LCD monitor when it comes to working off my desktop???

Secondly i have a pretty hi-end machine with a Palit Geforce9800 graphics card with HDMI port....can i connect this to the LED monitor's HDMI port??? will that work?? or will i have to connect it through DVI cable??? Which would be better???

I know my above questions might sound a bit naive.....but then i am a noob when it comes to electronics

soo gurus, waiting for your reply?

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depends on whether you will be primarily watching from up close or from afar.
The 26" has less resolution compared to the 23" monitor.
It will work properly, but the edges of the fonts might not be as smooth as you are otherwise used to them being if you plan to use it as a desktop.
The HDMI should work
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depends on whether you will be primarily watching from up close or from afar.
The 26" has less resolution compared to the 23" monitor.
It will work properly, but the edges of the fonts might not be as smooth as you are otherwise used to them being if you plan to use it as a desktop.
The HDMI should work
Thanks buddy for the prompt response.....but i am bit confused when you say that the 26" LED (10,00,000:1) has less resolution than the 23 LCD Monitor (20,000:1).... How is that bro?

And my viewing distance would be like 5-6 feet when watching TV and 3 feet when on the comp.....

Which one would you suggest between the above 2 and the 22" LG LED LE5300?

Please suggest!

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What is the resolution you want to support on your PC ? And what is the max resolution on the 26 Inch TV you want to buy ?

Example a 1080P Full HD TV which supports 16:9 aspect ratio has native resolution of 1920X1080 so this is the max setting you can do on display properties of your PC.

If your 26 Inch TV is 720P HD ready then Max resolution that you can set on your PC would be 1280X720.

Low resolution on a bigger screen say 26 inch looks really bad as compared to same low resolution on a 17 inch LCD.

So if you want to use high end graphics card and have resultion such as 1600X900 or 1600X1200 then you need to get a dedicated LCD monitor.

Dedicated LCD monitors do not have many TV related circuitery but they are good in supporting native PC resolutions.

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Thanks buddy for the prompt response.....but i am bit confused when you say that the 26" LED (10,00,000:1) has less resolution than the 23 LCD Monitor (20,000:1).... How is that bro?
My bad, i got all confused between contrast ratio and resolution!

Soo bro, if i go for the 23' LG monitor which has a very high resolution of 1920x1080, then will i be able to get transmission from my desktop in full HD through the DVI out of the GPU card? or would i need to make use of the HDMI connection on my GPU card as well as the monitor to get and effective full HD view on my monitor?

Which should be the better way forward?

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prince, you're still mixing up contrast ratio and resolution
resolution = wxh in terms of pixels
contrast ratio = brightest: faintest. Contrast ratio can be fudged btw. let your eyes be the guide

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My bad, i got all confused between contrast ratio and resolution!

Soo bro, if i go for the 23' LG monitor which has a very high resolution of 1920x1080, then will i be able to get transmission from my desktop in full HD through the DVI out of the GPU card? or would i need to make use of the HDMI connection on my GPU card as well as the monitor to get and effective full HD view on my monitor?

Which should be the better way forward?
Got it sir greenhorn, but my above question still remains
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My bad, i got all confused between contrast ratio and resolution!

Soo bro, if i go for the 23' LG monitor which has a very high contrast ratio of 1920x1080, then will i be able to get transmission from my desktop in full HD through the DVI out of the GPU card? or would i need to make use of the HDMI connection on my GPU card as well as the monitor to get and effective full HD view on my monitor?

Which should be the better way forward?
That is resolution not contrast ratio. Resolution is a NXM where N= number of pixels on X axis and M= Number of Pixels on Y axis..

1. If your PC has HDMI Output and your monitor has HDMI or DVI input then you can use an HDMI Cable to connect PC to monitor.
DVI is more common in monitor then HDMI. HDMI and DVI are equalent in terms of Signal and only pin configuration differ usually PC motherboard bundle a free HDMI to DVI convertor or you can buy one.

Do not confuse DVI with D-Sub which was old connector still present in monitors and TVs for compatibility.

2. Yes The HDMI /DVI out will be from your graphics card ( either dedicated or onboard) and your GPU output will be obtained through it.

3. As HD TV resolution is less then Monitor it is fully possible to see Full HD TV content on monitor but there are 2 distinct disadvantages.
- You need a good TV Tuner card to watch cable and broadcast signal.
- TV you can get more then 50 inches but monitors stop at 22 - 23 inch.

So decide your main use case
If it is entertainment then use a TV and compromise on the resolution for PC usage ( 1024X768 is also usable).
If your main use case is PC then buy a monitor and supplement it with a good TV Tuner card to watch TV as well.

Or in other words do you need PC for serious Office work such as reading PDF documents , excel sheet preparation or for programming ? If yes monitor is better because reading documents and books on TV for 7-8 hours or editing code in editors for whole day is strain on eyes

In case you need system to watch movies and home usage such as mails , internet surfing and occasional reading then TV is better as your primary requirement is of big screen which is easy to use
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What is the resolution you want to support on your PC ? And what is the max resolution on the 26 Inch TV you want to buy ?

Example a 1080P Full HD TV which supports 16:9 aspect ratio has native resolution of 1920X1080 so this is the max setting you can do on display properties of your PC.

If your 26 Inch TV is 720P HD ready then Max resolution that you can set on your PC would be 1280X720.

Low resolution on a bigger screen say 26 inch looks really bad as compared to same low resolution on a 17 inch LCD.

So if you want to use high end graphics card and have resultion such as 1600X900 or 1600X1200 then you need to get a dedicated LCD monitor.

Dedicated LCD monitors do not have many TV related circuitery but they are good in supporting native PC resolutions.
Thank you sir for your detailed explaination, really helped me understand better!

I would very much like to utilise the maximum resolution possible...and since the LG LED TV does not support any higher than 1366x768 ive decided to drop it.....

I would want to have a monitor which can double up as TV as well and i am glad that the LG LCD TV/Monitor M237WA does just that and whats better is it has a max resolution 1920/1080!

Now there is another worthy LCD TV/Monitor from AOC V24T which plays TV and does 1920/1080

Which among the two (LG vs AOC) would be better for me???

Thanks soo much gurus,, u guys have been massive help for me

thanks again

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one more question. will you be using it from afar (bed/couch) or from nearby?
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one more question. will you be using it from afar (bed/couch) or from nearby?
Sir, the viewing distance when working on the PC would be 3 feet max and when watching TV would be 6-8 feet max.....

Plz help me deciede between the AOC V24T and the LG M237WA. Both are LCD TV/Monitors with support for 1920x1080 resolutions. Both are available at exact same prices as well.......difference being the LG is 23" whereas AOC is 24".

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my question is , which usage will be more ?

between the two above, the bigger one, obviously. AOC is well known as a bang for buck brand
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my question is , which usage will be more ?
Pc usage will be more like 70 percent sir

Also sir, LG claims a contrast ratio (DFC) of 20,000:1 ..... whereas the AOC V24T claims a dynamic contrast ratio of 60,000:1. which is better?

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