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lawrosa

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Posted: 02/06/18 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a 26" vizio TV as my monitor in my den for my dell desktop. When Im not on computer I sit on the couch and watch TV with it..


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Posted: 02/06/18 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i sometimes use my 32" Vizio LCD TV as a monitor
it has an excellent picture
the windows PC will have the ability to customize the display

right click on an empty area of the screen and choose graphic properties
click on display
choose your primary display
it should give a default resolution matching the pixel count of the TV
i would start there, then adjust color , text , etc.. "IF NEEDED"


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Posted: 02/07/18 04:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We'll often use the HDMI hooked to the laptop to watch movies and it does great for that. Just need to select the input and the correct HDMI port on the TV.

I wouldn't suggest a desktop unless you have a specific need that calls for it. For most uses a laptop is more versatile and can be hooked up to TV's or monitors (presuming you checked for the appropriate cable availability.


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Posted: 02/07/18 08:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

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I wouldn't suggest a desktop unless you have a specific need that calls for it. ...


I joined the computer age when I was about 30 years old. My first experiences were all with the old 8088 desktop computers. The first one I owned had two 5 and 1/4 inch floppy drives and a 10 megabite hard drive. (today, one photo can easily exceed 10 mega bites!)

I advanced from there, gradually updating as technology advanced, and then one day, the glorious "Laptop" hit the market. Everyone raved about the "Laptop". But by now, I was a complete ingrained desktop user. I just couldn't part company with the idea of desktop.

My wife, being more progressive than me, decided one day she was getting a laptop, and she did. I still hung on to the old desktop mindset, but she kind of kept pushing me to try the laptop. Even back then, wireless was still not very popular, but it finally came.

All of a sudden, I realized her laptop could do anything (and even more) than my desktop, and I didn't have to tethered to a wire! My next computer was a laptop and I've never gone back. I've burned through many of them now, as technology continues advance.

I would never go back to a desktop now, unless I had absolutely no other choice. With the advent of a cell phone "hotspot", it's absolutely wonderful to be 100% mobile. I even took my (company) laptop fishing with me one day and did a work form home with one hand and a fishing pole in the other, all through my phone hot spot. No one in the office ever knew. As far as they knew, I was in my "home office" ... which just happen to be at the end of a dock, overlooking a beautiful lake, in a State Park that day!

Ahhh.... there's MUCH to be said for a Laptop over a desktop. They are so convenient, go anywhere, small, and most of all, don't depend on wires!

So, if you are still a desktop person, well ... consider that glorious day at work I spent "fishing". Maybe you'll give it a try!

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Posted: 02/07/18 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

But ...

You can't beat a big box for horsepower and graphics, not without spending twice as much for an equal laptop.
I have latest desktop, older laptop, ipad, Samsung View and spend most time on the iPad, go figure.

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I prefer using a larger TV as a monitor and you could get a 32" 1080p TV for $139.99 at Walmart . I sometime use my 50" 4K TV as a monitor in 3840x2160 mode but use my 4K computer monitors most of the time.


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Posted: 02/07/18 11:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DutchmenSport wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

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I wouldn't suggest a desktop unless you have a specific need that calls for it. ...



I would never go back to a desktop now, unless I had absolutely no other choice. With the advent of a cell phone "hotspot", it's absolutely wonderful to be 100% mobile. I even took my (company) laptop fishing with me one day and did a work form home with one hand and a fishing pole in the other, all through my phone hot spot. No one in the office ever knew. As far as they knew, I was in my "home office" ... which just happen to be at the end of a dock, overlooking a beautiful lake, in a State Park that day!


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You've only done it one day. I've been traveling with a laptop since 2007 and most of my clients don't even know. I did have to come clean one day on the boat when the client overheard a pod of dolphin making "pftt" noises next to the boat.

As I said unless you have a specific need, most are better off with a laptop.

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Since we're discussing laptop vs. desktop now...

I go the other way.

I can't stand a 15" screen, and the 17" screens are barely tolerable plus heavier. My vision being what it is. So I prefer my desktops (one in computer room, two in basement)

Not only that, unless you pay through the nose for a decent i5 or AMD Ryzen or or FX 6300 or above in a laptop. Laptops aren't upgradeable much beyond additional RAM and/or SSD's. Also, not all have the power of a good GPU. Then again, I do play games and use apps that require that power. Not everyone does.

Intel mobile GPU's are barely decent. AMD's are ok. I'm sure they suffice for most people. I am not most people [emoticon]

I get around the limitations of a desktop (can't move it) by using a tablet or android phone for mobile stuff. Or very occasionally I have to drag out the heavy 17" Dell laptop.

I have a 7 year old computer. Works fine for what I need even with a lower-power GPU. You'd be surprised at what you can get out of an AMD quadcore if you give it an SSD and decent memory bandwidth. Oh, and a good power supply.

Wow, that wandered...sorry!

Original topic - I'd love to hook up our 43" 4k TV to a computer, but... then again, not many video cards can output that. 1080 resolution maybe.

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I have been using a 32" tv as a monitor for several years, as a matter of fact, I am using now. I love it, and wouldn't pay for a monitor anymore.


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Posted: 02/08/18 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DutchmenSport wrote:

So, if you are still a desktop person, well ... consider that glorious day at work I spent "fishing".
I would rather be sitting in front of my 7.5 year-old desktop thanks. But I have a flip phone I could use at the dock (not).

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