View Full Version : DLP TV as Computer Monitor?

08-26-2007, 03:06 PM
I'm looking into buying a 50-60 inch TV, and I want to hook it up to use as my computer monitor as well. Ya, I know everybody says to get an LCD. But LCD's are expensive, and I'm not compromising size for a better picture. I basically want the biggest TV as possible for the cheapest price without a complete crappy picture. I see people buying 50 inch LCD's for like 4G's while you can get a DLP tv even larger for 1500. The picture really isn't worth 2500 extra for me.

I know LCD's have good longevity, but I don't have enough money to buy one. I like Plasmas, but I hear that you can experience burn in and some have longevity issues of having to replace the plasma. So then I come to DLP TV's. I see nothing wrong with these things unless I'm missing something. You can get a huge picture, for relatively cheap, and the picture looks great IMO. My only question is I'm basically going to be using it all the time, it will be on a bunch of hours a day as I would be using it as a tv and computer monitor. Will the lamp go out? Are they cheap to replace? With heavy use, how long until a lamp will go out? Is there anything wrong with using a 55 inch DLP TV as a computer monitor?

08-26-2007, 04:29 PM

I'm looking at this one.

08-26-2007, 04:40 PM
I bought an open box Mitsubishi 37in for 730 dollars.. Originally retailed for 2k+ when it came out last year.. I wheeled and dealed and told them I would get the plan if they dropped it more. Got the tv and a 5 year accidental replacement plan on the tv.. Come year five I am accidently knocking it off while cleaning so I can get a new TV...

08-26-2007, 07:32 PM
I suppose with the right video card it will look good. I hooked my laptop up to my 50" Panasonic DLP and all the text was fuzzy and hard to read. I didn't care for it.

The Bad Guy
08-26-2007, 08:08 PM
I have a 55 LCD and I paid 2 grand for it. You can get good inexpensive LCD monitors, you just have to look.

08-26-2007, 08:09 PM
Make sure your video card can handle the resolution.

08-26-2007, 08:17 PM
I was looking at a 50" Toshiba DLP from Tiger Direct. One thing that I found while researching is that the Toshiba bulbs tend to go out. They are around $200 to replace.

I would recommend buying some extended service plan. However, I wouldn't buy one from Tiger Direct. Tiger Direct's service plans are expensive. I just bought a refurb Vizio 42" LCD and they have service plans through their website. I get a 5 year on site service plan for $150

08-26-2007, 08:41 PM
I have a 55 LCD and I paid 2 grand for it. You can get good inexpensive LCD monitors, you just have to look.

I'm not looking to spend over 1000 to 1200 though. 2G's is way outside of what I'm willing to pay. It has to be at least 50 inches too. I think I could live with a 42, but I really really want at least a 50. How do you work the video card thing? Are those expensive for your computer and how do u install them? I have no idea really about video cards.

08-27-2007, 12:31 PM
It's going to look grainy, consider a 1080p TV set is 1920x1080 native resolution. Now consider a 24" widescreen computer monitor has 1920x1200. OK, so you have a 50" monitor with fewer pixels than a 24" monitor, so basically that means edges are going to be fuzzy as hell. It might be fine for gaming, but I suspect that for everyday use it would drive you crazy.


08-27-2007, 02:01 PM
I bought a 50" samsung DLP......I love it. Hi-def channels are amazing....regular pictures are so-so...but that goes without saying.

I couldnt be happier with it so far.