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    Hi there everyone.

    I am sorry to be a pain but was wondering whether anyone in the know could help me with a quick question of mine.

    I am going off to university in a couple of weeks (yes York is just that gay :P) and have decided to buy a desktop rather than a laptop for my room mainly because desktops are easier to upgrade so have a longer life span but also because I want to bring my Playstation 3 up with me for a bit of FIFA and love the idea of having a nice large screen that I can use for both my computer and console.

    Basically I have about £150 (possibly even £200) to play with for the display (which I hope will be about 22 inches plus) and was set in my ways of getting a monitor with a HDMI input, however a few days ago a friend of mine (who is probably as clueless about these things as I am) said that I should get a television instead and just use an input for my computer with that.

    So, if anyone can help, what are the benefits of both a monitor and a television for use with both the computer and console and which would people recommend getting?

    Thanks in advance everyone!
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    It's got to be a monitor if you're going to be using it with a desktop. You can't use a TV as a replacement for a monitor really, the resolution will probably be too low and hurt your eyes. Get a 1080p monitor with HDMI - they're pretty cheap now and work well with your PS3. A decent TV will cost you a lot more, and if you're not going to use the TV function anyway then it's not worth it.
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    You can get TV/Monitor multipurpose LED screens these days, I got the LG M2250D and am very happy with it, I use it for my PC and ps3 as well and it's LED, 1080p etc it's £175 on amazon, £200 in curries :/
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    It's possible to do it with a TV monitor. I'm genuinely typing this on a TV right now, connected to my laptop (using both screens). The problem is that distance is a bigger factor with a TV, it's only comfortable on your eyes to sit a metre or so away from it, yet that leaves the text too small to read, so I compensate by zooming in a bit. The next thing is the issue when you want to watch something on the TV and use the computer at the same time.
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    I'll also add I have the LG E2260V-PN, which cost me £100 from eBuyer. Very satisfied with it.
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    If you get a 1080p TV then it will be the same res as most lager monitors (1920x1080).

    A TV is more likely to have several HDMI inputs and will probably be easier to switch between inputs. It's probably also got slightly better sound.

    A Monitor might be a bit cheaper and might be slightly better quality for use with a computer.


    So far no ones mentioned TV licenses - If you buy a TV and you're only using it for a computer / PS3 you don't need a license (you only need the TV license to watch TV as it's broadcast)
 
 
 
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