I'm considering buying a 42" television to use as a computer monitor. I'm not sure whether I'd (a) put it across the room from me, (b) put it directly in front of my face, or (c) be better advised to give it a pass. Your advice?
I have the opportunity to spend $330 to buy a used 42" TV (1024p x 1024p) (this one
) that can be used as a computer monitor.
1) Is it a good idea to use such a screen as an ordinary monitor, 3' from my face, in order to enjoy 4x the screen real estate I'm used to?
2) Is it a good idea to position such a screen about 12' from where I sit, so that I can switch back and forth between staring at it and staring at my ordinary monitor just 3' away, in the hope that varying the distance between the screen and my eyes will reduce eyestrain?
(I realize this would involve lowering the resolution. What I'm imagining is that this setup would give me pretty much the same effective view and screenspace as a regular monitor perched 3' away; the only difference would be that the physical screen would be at a different distance from my eyes. Am I right?)
3) Is this a price/quality I'll be able to beat if I'm patient and look around for a few weeks or months?
4) In light of your similar experiences, what problems or issues am I not anticipating?
- I use my computer about 12hr/day for reading, word processing, and Excel + 30 min/day for viewing video.
- I know almost nothing about this market; talk to me like I'm an idiot.
- I don't intend to use the TV as a TV -- just as a monitor.
- I've seen these similar questions
, but I imagine the market has moved on in the last 9 months (right?), and I'm interested not only in "will this work?" but also "will this help my eyes?" and "what am I not considering?".
I appreciate all input -- thanks, guys.