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HDTV 4K as monitor help.

Geronemo3 855 57 May 13, 2016 at 02:47 PM
Hi,
I am looking to use a HDTV as a monitor.
Currently I have a 27" 1080p and 24" 1080p as dual monitor setup.

I not a big games or anything, but do some video editing on the side so wide screen might be helpful.

I am thinking 42" 4K would be awesome although my current PC won't be able to push 4k pixel so I might use it at 1080p for a while before I buy a new PC.

Other alternate is 34" Wide screen monitor but those are around $600-700 range.

Also what HDTVs are good going forward as monitors. Some ppl state that chroma 4:4:2 is very important. Any insight will help.

Thanks Smilie

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What is your current PC's GPU?

In general TV's make crappy PC monitors. Usually the colors poor, TV's tend to overscale, and then you have pixel size. That 4k 27" monitor that's fine on a desk 3-4 feet away from you has a lot smaller pixels than that 42" TV thats a lot further away most likely.

What are you envisioning for your "desk" setup?
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would have to agree with the above post. tv's usually make bad monitors. specially if you use the larger ones.
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Right now I have Intel NUC 4th gen Core i7, 8GB RAM 256 SSD.

I like 2 monitor setup but would prefer a single one which can display more info.

End of the year I will be purchasing tower PC with dedicated graphics.

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How far away will you be sitting? You'll probably hate using this thing if it's on a desk 24" from your face. Way too big and the picture won't look as great as you think. A 27" monitor is about as big as I ever recommend. Even having two 24" monitors is far better than a single 42" to me because you start having height problems. You don't want to have to look up to the top of a 42" display that's in your face.
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my tip would be just buy a monitor. tvs make bad monitors.
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thanks guys. I would sit 3 fit away when working on PC
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As others have said - sitting within 36" of a 42" screen sounds like a lot of eye strain and/or neck pain. While it may suit your workflow I second the idea that anything bigger than 28-32 inches is just too big to constantly be scanning and panning (either your eyes or your neck).

All that aside - why buy a TV before your computer? A 4K display is only going to be cheaper the longer you wait. If you don't have anything that can drive 4K right now there's literally no reason to get a 4K TV or Monitor. Wait until you upgrade your GPU or buy a new computer entirely - then think about a new monitor.
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Quote from Geronemo3 View Post :
thanks guys. I would sit 3 fit away when working on PC
3ft is way to close for a screen that large. 3ft is a fairly normal desk. 4k or not I would not want to sit that close to any 42" screen.
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I got the idea looking at this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyJpaJvwlH8

But ya it might be overkill.
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Quote from willow_ve View Post :
As others have said - sitting within 36" of a 42" screen sounds like a lot of eye strain and/or neck pain. While it may suit your workflow I second the idea that anything bigger than 28-32 inches is just too big to constantly be scanning and panning (either your eyes or your neck).

All that aside - why buy a TV before your computer? A 4K display is only going to be cheaper the longer you wait. If you don't have anything that can drive 4K right now there's literally no reason to get a 4K TV or Monitor. Wait until you upgrade your GPU or buy a new computer entirely - then think about a new monitor.

Listen to him. Don't buy until your PC is upgraded.
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Thanks. I'll upgrade my PC first, in my case just get a new one. Around Thanksgiving I can probably get a new monitor. thanks for helping me in the right direction Big Grin
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Television sets are not computer monitors.
Computer monitor backlight is designed for 18" to 24" viewing distance. TV backlight is designed for 6 to 12 feet of viewing distance. Totally different.
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just buy a monitor would be my advice to you op.
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