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TV or Computer Monitor for kids room?

zafirablanca 166 154 February 18, 2016 at 05:51 PM
I am redoing my 11 year olds room and would like to create a place for her screentime. But I am confused because these days its all web streaming. I could get her an LCD TV with an Amazon Fire TV box like we have in the living room. Or maybe just a larger computer monitor (she has a 15" now) and she can stream through the PC? Anyone BTDT? I just dont know which way to invest.

I am completely making over her room to be less child like and more teen friendly in hopes that I dont have to do this again anytime. Ha. Basically an IKEA showroom loft bed with a small sofa under it type of set up and a tiny desk. Her current computer is a very old (white-remember those LOL) emachine refurb that I updated the processor and RAM on, -but it still doesn't run Minecraft very well at all. Its junk that has served us flawlessly as a very basic pc until now. So as I see it I either:

A. Invest in a better desktop computer and monitor now and call it good.
or
B. Buy a smaller lcd tv with a Fire TV box (which has some gaming options for her and a pretty vanilla Minecraft app with no mods). And save up for a laptop down the line.

I dont know anything about the issues with eye strain watching a monitor like a tv. would this be an issue in this scenario? Think Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google Docs and Minecraft as top use of the screen. Single mom budget, which is why I got so handy doing my own computer upgrades ;-)

Thanks for the guidance!

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I am redoing my 11 year olds room and would like to create a place for her screentime. But I am confused because these days its all web streaming. I could get her an LCD TV with an Amazon Fire TV box like we have in the living room. Or maybe just a larger computer monitor (she has a 15" now) and she can stream through the PC? Anyone BTDT? I just dont know which way to invest.

I am completely making over her room to be less child like and more teen friendly in hopes that I dont have to do this again anytime. Ha. Basically an IKEA showroom loft bed with a small sofa under it type of set up and a tiny desk. Her current computer is a very old (white-remember those LOL) emachine refurb that I updated the processor and RAM on, -but it still doesn't run Minecraft very well at all. Its junk that has served us flawlessly as a very basic pc until now. So as I see it I either:

A. Invest in a better desktop computer and monitor now and call it good.
or
B. Buy a smaller lcd tv with a Fire TV box (which has some gaming options for her and a pretty vanilla Minecraft app with no mods). And save up for a laptop down the line.

I dont know anything about the issues with eye strain watching a monitor like a tv. would this be an issue in this scenario? Think Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google Docs and Minecraft as top use of the screen. Single mom budget, which is why I got so handy doing my own computer upgrades ;-)

Thanks for the guidance!
What are her school related needs? And what will they be next year?
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Schools issue each child a Chromebook for schoolwork.
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Quote from zafirablanca View Post :
A. Invest in a better desktop computer and monitor now and call it good.
or
B. Buy a smaller lcd tv with a Fire TV box (which has some gaming options for her and a pretty vanilla Minecraft app with no mods). And save up for a laptop down the line.

I dont know anything about the issues with eye strain watching a monitor like a tv. would this be an issue in this scenario? Think Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google Docs and Minecraft as top use of the screen. Single mom budget, which is why I got so handy doing my own computer upgrades ;-)

Thanks for the guidance!
That's a bit tricky. Some schools really push kids having their own laptops or tablets. Laptops don't last as long as desktops, they're prone to damage and batteries and hard drives don't last forever.

No eye strain issues watching videos on a computer monitor. Generally it's the other way around, you can have eye strain issues when you try to use a tv as a monitor. If you're keeping an old computer alive, it's especially important to maintain a good backup and it doesn't hurt to proactively replace hard drives at 3-5 years.
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32" LCD and Chromecast /thread
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32" LCD and Chromecast /thread
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