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Question Monitor vs TV

One of my monitors at home has gone kaput (the screen is now a not very fetching shade of pink), so I shall need to replace it - any thoughts or recommendations?

Requirements are fairly standard, it needs to connect via my laptop using either an HDMI or VGA cable and should be about 22" in size. I use the screen mostly when I work from home - so documents and the interwebz. No games.

Sound is not really a consideration but I'll add a supplementary and possibly bit of a dense question, which is what's to stop me from buying a TV instead of a monitor?
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The TV is a little more expensive, and may only work with an HDMI cable (which costs more) but otherwise can't see an objection.
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I've got some Toshiba TV/monitor thingy that I bought as 'unused stock' and it does not really give a great picture - I suspect that is because I am using a Vista PC with with the olde-fashioned connector (can't remember what they are called, with the pins and sh#t)

I'd probably go TV, blow the extra on the upgrade and then never do anything other than browse AO and do spreadsheets on it
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I use a monitor connected to an old(er) computer in the garage/workshop.

As the internet reaches there the computer serves as a TV anyway.
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A TV is basically a monitor with a tuner and speakers built in. So it'll probably cost more for something of similar capability and quality.
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Is there a difference in the number of pixels / display quality though? i.e. would one be better that the other?

I am minded to go for a monitor as if I was going to buy a telly, it would be bigger that the 22" item that I would look to buy (unless there is another clearout of electrical goods at work )

I may need two, as when I moved the redundant monitor out of the way, I put the laptop in its place (Zbook 14 or 15) and then discovered how poor the whiteness on the other monitor is. It is no way near as bright as that of the Zbook....
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Well there are differences between different monitors and between different TVs, so you'll have to find the stats for the individual screen to decide.
A full HD TV should be 1920x1080 pixels, which is quite standard for monitors too.

One thing you might find is that a monitor is likely to have a much better response rate. But since you're not playing games, that's likely to not matter anyway.
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OK, so no point in getting too technical about it.

This looks like it might do the job. Quick refresh rate for the five minutes in July that I want to play Frogger and half price too.

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Do you need your monitor to have built in speakers? Or do you have the sound aspect sorted?
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We used to have a 32" monitor on our PC. Recently it packed up. Went to buy another and paradoxically a monitor was significantly more expensive than a TV. So we bought a 32" JVC TV for just over 100. Works fine. Has HDMI, VGA and a load of other connections including SCART
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Do you need your monitor to have built in speakers? Or do you have the sound aspect sorted?
Hmm, I had thought that sound is / was not a consideration, as I use a headset for calls but just thinking about it, when I have to watch a presentation, it would be more comfortable to listen via speakers than wearing headphones

Did you have something in mind?
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Hmm, I had thought that sound is / was not a consideration, as I use a headset for calls but just thinking about it, when I have to watch a presentation, it would be more comfortable to listen via speakers than wearing headphones

Did you have something in mind?
Well no, but that monitor in question appears to have 2 x 1W built in speakers. But in the specification it has:

HDMI x 1
VGA x 1
Audio output 3.5 mm jack x 1

The question is, how you get the audio signal into the monitor. What outputs does your PC/laptop have? I have a monitor with built in speakers and had to buy adaptors so that my HDMI output from graphics card and stereo output from soundcard could be 'mixed' into the HDMI input for my monitor. It'd have been so much handier if the monitor had a separate audio input. Looks like this one you linked to is the same, it only takes sound input through the HDMI port, your PC might not have the facility to output its audio signal through the HDMI port.

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Good point. Both laptops have HDMI outputs, so that's OK. There's a Currys about 100 metres from work, so I could take it in and test out whether the sound works on it.

However, it's not that important to me; I use a headset with the w**k laptop and if I use my home laptop to listen to music, then that always gets streamed via my amplifier.
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