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26" LCD TV or similar sized PC monitor?
#308297 05/27/10 08:20 PM
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I picked up a used Core 2 Duo Mac Mini to replace my aging (but still working) PowerPC version.

This is our family computer that will be doing double duty as the kid's TV monitor in the great room. It'll be about a 50/50 split for computer and TV usage.

I've connected it to my in-law's 26" Samsung and it looks great. I've been trying to look for something similar but I'm not that familiar w/ the 2010 models and most reviews concentrate on 42" and above. I want it to be at least 720p, 1080p would be nice. I may opt to connect an HD Tivo via HDMI but not a requirement. I can still use Slingplayer on the Mini for now.

I'm wondering if I should consider PC monitors of the same size as well. I can see the advantage of higher pixel density but the contrast is less (as in 1000:1). Not sure if I should be that concerned.

I almost got a 27" iMac because of that stunning display. I'm trying to duplicate that w/ a budget setup. Any specific display help would be greatly appreciated.

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oldskoolboarder #308360 05/28/10 12:32 AM
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This might be bigger than you want, but a friend of mine just bought one and it looked very good:

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/category/30-...2715ef00217en01

Just drop the Z off of the end for the equivalent U.S. model:

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-32RV525R-32-inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B002DW98WO

Re: 26" LCD TV or similar sized PC monitor?
#308364 05/28/10 12:35 AM
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Thanks. Yeah, 32" is way too big. This is sitting on a desktop and we'll be sitting in front of it for computer use. 26" is kind of a practical limit.

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oldskoolboarder #308420 05/28/10 01:12 PM
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I picked this one from Futureshop here in Canada for $299 as they had a one day sale last Sunday. Not exceptional but I think it's pretty good so far.
LG 27" Monitor


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Lorenzo1000 #308463 05/28/10 05:00 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Lorenzo1000
I picked this one from Futureshop here in Canada for $299 as they had a one day sale last Sunday. Not exceptional but I think it's pretty good so far.
LG 27" Monitor


I was looking at the exact same one. Why is it not exceptional? Spec wise it seems it would be.

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oldskoolboarder #308488 05/28/10 07:12 PM
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I think part of that is the adjustment from my smaller monitor to this one. I also haven't had a chance to calibrate it yet...still looks pretty good the way it is though. As well it's a TN panel which apparently isn't as good as an IPS (sic) panel. Regardless, I certainly didn't mean to say it wasn't good. I quite like it and am very happy with my purchase.


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Lorenzo1000 #308495 05/28/10 08:35 PM
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Good point on the IPS. You guys have recs on >= 24" IPS monitors?

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oldskoolboarder #308514 05/28/10 10:38 PM
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For $189, I may jump on the Dell ST4210.

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oldskoolboarder #308531 05/29/10 01:30 AM
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Did you mean ST2410?

ST4210 would be pretty big!!!


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Lorenzo1000 #308539 05/29/10 02:26 AM
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DOH. Yup, 2410.

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