Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 2nd Aug 2007 06:42 UTC
Multimedia, AV Let's back up for a moment. It's 2007. Most geeks like you and me already use dual monitor setups with their multi-purpose desktop machines. However, have you ever asked yourself if that second monitor should be that old XGA LCD monitor from your previous PC, or a big, impressive flat panel television? Geeks.com sent us in an iLO 32" HDTV and we review it exactly as such: a computer monitor!
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had a feeling of hasty writing
by juhani on Thu 2nd Aug 2007 08:32 UTC
juhani
Member since:
2006-07-06

I am sorry, but from this review I saw only 2 ideas:
big tv-s have become cheaper;
perhaps you should watch for a 1080p tv.
And everything else, from my point of view, was quite pointless, dead weight. X-bit labs has had quite thorough reviews, a lot more informative than others.

Was it good as a tv monitor? How did if fail?
for video editing, how was it?
Did you at least tried to compare it to other similar products? (preferrably an expencive one as reference)?

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

>perhaps you should watch for a 1080p tv.

1080p TVs still cost $2500 anew, so they are out of the question for most people. From the 37% of the US population who own HDTVs, only about 3% have 1080p TVs.

>Was it good as a tv monitor? How did if fail?

Did you actually read the article? Besides, the product was used on an office with various equipment and multimedia devices, not on a living room. As I wrote earlier, the monitor worked perfectly, and the only problem I found was its resolution which was not 720p-native. Other than that, I found no problems whatsoever.

>for video editing, how was it?

You still don't understand. The video editing part happens on my higher-resolution PC monitor, not on the HDTV. On the HDTV you only *test* the video for color/contrast accuracy, you do nothing else with it.

>Did you at least tried to compare it to other similar products?

I compared it to our 55" HDTV. Really, did you read the article or you just skimmed it?

>(preferrably an expencive one as reference)?

Feel free to send us one. I am not related to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs so I can't ask for a loan.

Edited 2007-08-02 08:58

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james_parker Member since:
2005-06-29

1080p TVs still cost $2500 anew, so they are out of the question for most people.


Eugenia, you may want to double-check your price expectations (at least in the US). As a sanity check, Amazon has a 32" Sharp Aquos 1080p for < $1100 (and claims the list price < $1400). Shipping, tax, and extended warranties are, of course extra.

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

The 27-28" 1920x1200 LCDs are starting to drop toward the sweetspot. You can even find good brands like Viewsonic for under $700 these days. These are big enough for the 10-foot TV scenario, small enough to fit on a desk, and they have a reasonable pixel pitch for workstation use. You don't really want to go any smaller for a TV or any larger for a desktop monitor.

If you're looking for smallish HDTV, you might as spend a little more and get one that doubles as a killer primary monitor. The perfect single-head HTPC setup.

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