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Thought I would post here for some simple advice rather than getting overwhelmed with irrelevant information on an AV forum.

I want to buy a fairly large TV (46"-50"), mainly for watching TV, DVD's (and possibly Blue-rays).

One thing I would want to do that is possibly slightly unusual is connect a PC/Laptop to the TV as I am sick of just using a laptop screen.

I would then use the TV to play Video's (streamed or youtube) as well as surf the web, and possibly do some general tinkering with linux.

From a brief google, connecting a PC seems to be something fairly normal to do with a large TV these days.

However what specifications do I need to consider to get the best out of both using as a PC and to watch TV?

(P.S. I live in a 1 bedroom flat, so don't really want the advice that I should setup a separate "study" area for a desktop/PC monitor)

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i'd look for deals on LG LEDs as particulalrly the non-smart models are often discounted and so long as you have a good number of inputs you can add the smarts cheaply via a blue-ray (or other) box.

Modern LEDs are fantastic. I regularly connect a PC to my 42" LG for viewing photos and the display is just as crisp as my desktop monitors but with more vivid colours and deeper blacks.

most modern LEDs provide a PC mode these days optimized for fast-motion games etc.

you don't need to get too hung up on refresh rates.

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Most LED TVs should do the job. Ideally, you're after VGA and HDMI connections to be able to hook up a modern laptop. Almost any other connection will simply need adaptors which you can usually get for a few quid.

We have an Asda Polaroid 50 inch. Under £300 and it's great so far. We have a NOW TV box with Plex side loaded on it to play videos, youtube and other channels that don't come by default. Superb value for a tenner.

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I only use my 43" TV for the computer I am using it now. One of the things that put me off some of the new TV's is they are very wide and not that tall moving the tool bar to the side would get over that I guess.

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Could get a chromecast - you can then cast your browser window on to the TV wirelessly. You'll find that 3D tvs will have better panels than non-3D...

Alternatively, you could go for an all-in-one PC, although they can make a fair wedge..

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LG seem to get quite good ratings for the money.

If it has Smart TV capabilities, you might find yourself only connecting the laptop on rare occasions - it's nice to just be able to go into the menus and put something on without faffing about with cables.

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LG seem to get quite good ratings for the money.

If it has Smart TV capabilities, you might find yourself only connecting the laptop on rare occasions - it's nice to just be able to go into the menus and put something on without faffing about with cables.

LGs are limited when it comes to Smart...doesnt have all the catchup, like a Samsung has...

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Most LED TVs should do the job. Ideally, you're after VGA and HDMI connections to be able to hook up a modern laptop. Almost any other connection will simply need adaptors which you can usually get for a few quid.

We have an Asda Polaroid 50 inch. Under £300 and it's great so far. We have a NOW TV box with Plex side loaded on it to play videos, youtube and other channels that don't come by default. Superb value for a tenner.

Don't most tv's and laptops Have HDMI these days ? Sure I asked this same question on here a while back. Unless the laptop is old - TV connection is easy these days.

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Don't most tv's and laptops Have HDMI these days ? Sure I asked this same question on here a while back. Unless the laptop is old - TV connection is easy these days.

Yes they do - but given the mention of Linux by the OP I felt it was possible they might be using something older (VGA only) or otherwise unusual. I mostly use Macs myself - and very few have HDMI sockets - but you can get all manner of cheap adapters to convert them to VGA or HDMI. Tablets, of course, may also have mini-versions of HDMI.

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thanks for the replies :)

One more question for people using a large TV as a PC monitor. How does it work ergonomically?

A TV would normally be at about coffee table height, but I am thinking it would need to be at desk height or maybe even higher so that I do not have to keep looking down.

I was thinking of either sitting in front of the TV using a sort of reading chair: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S09897150/

with a bluetooth keyboard on my lap (could be a pain if I have papers to refer to)

or putting a table in front of the TV, and working from a keyboard on the table.

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I've only connected a laptop to my 32" 720p LCD TV. It was fine for watching video but I'm not sure the relatively poor resolution on a comparatively large display was up to working on it seriously although it was a useful feature to be able to use it via the TV.

Edit: 720p or "HD Ready" as it is described was still common at the very cheap end when I was looking for a TV a few months ago.

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I've only connected a laptop to my 32" 720p LCD TV. It was fine for watching video but I'm not sure the relatively poor resolution on a comparatively large display was up to working on it seriously although it was a useful feature to be able to use it via the TV.

Edit: 720p or "HD Ready" as it is described was still common at the very cheap end when I was looking for a TV a few months ago.

720p displays - 1 million pixels; 1080p - 2 million. 4k - 8 million.

You'll often find that a semi decent monitor will have a better screen resolution and pixel density than a cheaper, 50 or 100hz TV...

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If you put the TV at eye level height on a wall you can wear a Star Trek uniform and pretend you are a starship Captain when using Skype.

It helps if you can get others to dress up as Klingons or Romulans.

:)

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If you put the TV at eye level height on a wall you can wear a Star Trek uniform and pretend you are a starship Captain when using Skype.

It helps if you can get others to dress up as Klingons or Romulans.

:)

Wasn't there a banker with a similar arrangement in his apartment arrested/prosecuted for a sex crime a few months back?

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Maybe it was an EA? But he had his kitchen/living room done out like the bridge of the Enterprise.

Nah, bankers and EAs are the cornerstone of our civilisation along with WAGs and soap operas.

It all comes down to home porn anyhow with big TVs.

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Nah, bankers and EAs are the cornerstone of our civilisation along with WAGs and soap operas.

It all comes down to home porn anyhow with big TVs.

Well maybe I saw it on RT - that would make it untrue. B)

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My office PC is upstairs and the TV downstairs, I'm not even sure an HDMI cable will work at that length. We barely use the laptop now as we have an iPad for browsing.

Would be nice to have the browser come up on the TV, or to have the option, you can get a thing called Apple Airport which handles streaming from that to the TV but I don't think it can "project the desktop" as it were.

Tempting to imagine that it would be nice for Smart TVs to have a browser built in - you can use a wireless mouse and keyboard with our one, but it would date so quickly, HTML/CSS/Flash/whatever change so rapidly.

The future of the home lies in separate little wirelessly networked boxes linked to the "electronic brain" of the house - the main "CPU" if you like - each/any of which upgradeable and all interoperable.

I think.

Still a while away from that though.

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My office PC is upstairs and the TV downstairs, I'm not even sure an HDMI cable will work at that length. We barely use the laptop now as we have an iPad for browsing.

Would be nice to have the browser come up on the TV, or to have the option, you can get a thing called Apple Airport which handles streaming from that to the TV but I don't think it can "project the desktop" as it were.

Tempting to imagine that it would be nice for Smart TVs to have a browser built in - you can use a wireless mouse and keyboard with our one, but it would date so quickly, HTML/CSS/Flash/whatever change so rapidly.

The future of the home lies in separate little wirelessly networked boxes linked to the "electronic brain" of the house - the main "CPU" if you like - each/any of which upgradeable and all interoperable.

I think.

Still a while away from that though.

as i posted before, it's a waste of money to buy a tv on the smart features as these push up the price and can be added really cheaply.

better to buy the best-specced bare tv with a good resolution led panel and lots of inputs.

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