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LCD Monitor vs LCD TV

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  1. JC316

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    Ok, I need to know what the hell the difference is here.

    I can get a 22" LCD Computer monitor with HDMI inputs for around $220, in contrast, I can get a 22" LCD TV for around $350. That is a major price difference and I want to know why.

    I am going to be getting a decent monitor soon, but I am also planning on getting an Xbox 360 too and the monitor will double as a TV and my main computer monitor, so I need to know what the deal is.
     
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    Depends.....monitors may not have speakers, internal tuner, etc....that may be where your price difference is coming from.
     
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    Just get the monitor adaptor for the 360 and a TV card if you want TV. The monitor will be better in the long run. I would only buy the TV if is was 30+"

    That monitor has HDCP support and that is what you want.
     
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    Monitor: higher resolution, usually HDCP/DVI

    TV: sometimes only VGA/S-video, low resolution, has a TV tuner and usually speakers.

    That about sums it up.

    i was deciding between a 22" LCD and a 27" LCD TV, the LCD monitor is 1680x1050 while the TV was 1333x768 - thats a big difference for games, especially as most of them dont support the odd resolution.
     
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    I got my 22" widescreen monitor for $220. I then purchased a USB HD TV tuner for $50 bucks and I have a HD TV as well. The drawback is I don't have any HDMI inputs and am stuck with VGA or DVI. So, if you can get a 22" monitor with HDMI go for it!
    I paid $799 shipped for my 32" 1080p LCD TV and it's wonderful!
     
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    Luckly, the Xbox Elite has work arounds for DVI users.
     
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    An LCD TV or LCD monitor are basically the same thing. The main difference is the input options, a TV comes with a tuner and most likely with input like HDMI, scart or whatever. A TV also has better speakers on average, though I doubt you'd be using those.
     
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    Choose your preferred resolution first, then whether TV or monitor.

    For the extra spend, the speakers and the TV tuner are worth it. When you upgrade your monitor in 2 years time, you will still have a fully useable flatscreen TV.

    But a monitor of 1920x1200 cannot be beaten for dektop use by a TV. TV's a limited in their x and y resolutions. So if you do a lot of PC work, get the hi res screen.

    If you are considering a "low-res" monitor, like a 20", then I think a TV makes more sense.
     
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    Alrighty, thanks to all for your information, it was very helpfull. I will probably be going for a 22" monitor. Thanks again.
     

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