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    What are the problems with using 32" TV as a monitor?

    Is there a big difference between a monitor and a tv if I sit at it for a prolonged period of time?



    I have a 32" TV not can I use it as a monitor but will it give me headaches, or burn my eyes out?
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    I guess I never thought of this but I wear glasses and use 3 65in led tvs as monitors in my living room about 5 feet away so I am sure its bad for me in many ways but I can see everything in hd lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geiser093 View Post
    Is there a big difference between a monitor and a tv if I sit at it for a prolonged period of time?

    I have a 32" TV not can I use it as a monitor but will it give me headaches, or burn my eyes out?
    This is question for an eye doctor.
    Do you really want to take advice on health issues on a scrap metal forum.

    I guess you do, so here's mine...
    Looking at a screen continuously without breaks will strain your eyes. Reading continuously without breaks will strain your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    This is question for an eye doctor.
    Do you really want to take advice on health issues on a scrap metal forum.

    I guess you do, so here's mine...
    Looking at a screen continuously without breaks will strain your eyes. Reading continuously without breaks will strain your eyes.
    To add on to what Junk said...

    Sitting for long periods with no breaks, will add strain to your back an knees.

    That said...I use a 15 inch tv in my office. No need for larger, plus a bigger one would take up more room, which means less work space. I also read in low light, an watch tv in all kinds when I do watch. An my eye sight is still good.

    When forced to eat healthy I'm a fan of carrots. Granted their cooked in brown sugar an other not so good for you things..but it's still carrots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirscrapalot View Post
    To add on to what Junk said...

    Sitting for long periods with no breaks, will add strain to your back an knees.

    That said...I use a 15 inch tv in my office. No need for larger, plus a bigger one would take up more room, which means less work space. I also read in low light, an watch tv in all kinds when I do watch. An my eye sight is still good.

    When forced to eat healthy I'm a fan of carrots. Granted their cooked in brown sugar an other not so good for you things..but it's still carrots!

    Sirscrapalot - Eyes like a hawk.
    Like my carrots that way. Only veggie I would eat as a kid, (not goat)lol

    Junkfreak: eyes like a bat. Learned the hard way about eye strain.

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    A 32" TV!? Wow- I thought my 23" monitor was awfully large!

    It could work, but the resolution would likely be pretty low.
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    When the kids dont want to eat carrots I ask them if they ever saw a rabbit with glasses?
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    I use a 27 hdtv as a monitor, no issue. I have used up to a 40 hdtv. And resolution is no biggie. If you have the right video card and a hdmi cable it will run full 1908p. Even with a blue vga Im running the hdtv at close to 720p

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    Resolution and refresh rates are the only really difference between hdtv and todays monitors. As long as your good with that you should see no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    This is question for an eye doctor.
    Do you really want to take advice on health issues on a scrap metal forum.

    I guess you do, so here's mine...
    Looking at a screen continuously without breaks will strain your eyes. Reading continuously without breaks will strain your eyes.
    Over the years I have learned that while this is a forum focused on Scrap Metal I can rely on the wisdom of some of the members. I guess I could ask an eye doctor. I have had good vision all my life. I don't regularly go. I operate on the trust but verify philosophy. This was just the first place I asked the question.

    The first part of my question seems answered. other guys do it. The resolution may be an issue. A good video card and HDMI cable are required. Still gathering information.

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    I've got one computer specially dedicated for the living room TV. The TV is a largish flat screen something like 48" ??? Having the computer hooked to the TV is nice because it gives full access to all the media available on the web like youtube, netflix, hulu etc.

    It works quite well and has for awhile now.

    Point being: No real problems with using a big flat screen as a monitor so far.

    The only issue could be image "burn in". ( I set the screen saver to kick in after five minutes of inactivity. )

    Afterthought:

    I'm not seeing very many computers coming in with a connector for an HDMI cable on the back. It's a whole lot easier when it only takes one cable to do everything. You might need an HDMI card for that job.
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    sure it will hurt your eyes, sure it will occasionally give you a head ach. But electromagnetic and microwave radiation will eventually kill you or cause serious other problems. I'm with JF this is a question for an honest medical person, (if you can find one) sry to be harsh but Bud you need to do some serious research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddude View Post
    sure it will hurt your eyes, sure it will occasionally give you a head ach. But electromagnetic and microwave radiation will eventually kill you or cause serious other problems. I'm with JF this is a question for an honest medical person, (if you can find one) sry to be harsh but Bud you need to do some serious research.
    Agreed I am just asking here. My wife has to pick up her glasses next week. I will ask the optometrist then. Thanks for all the input.

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    I use old tube tv's for computer monitors in the arcade machines I build that run off PC's. one doubles as my main shop computer and music machine. the main difference is the resolution. even with a good tv-out card, the graphics are not even close to a tube monitor, or newer LCD monitor. that said, no reason you can't use one, i've been doing it since '02. I use the S-video out for the best resolution on the old tubes.

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    You should watch TV from a specific distance. I used to go and sit right in front of it and within days my eyes started hurting. Always keep a safe distance and avoid watching them continuously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gungatim View Post
    I use old tube tv's for computer monitors in the arcade machines I build that run off PC's. one doubles as my main shop computer and music machine. the main difference is the resolution. even with a good tv-out card, the graphics are not even close to a tube monitor, or newer LCD monitor. that said, no reason you can't use one, i've been doing it since '02. I use the S-video out for the best resolution on the old tubes.
    I get the odd 100htz CRT TV, they have twice the normal refresh rate. Are they a better screen for video games than all but the most modern monitors/TV screens?
    Are they sought after?

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    true arcade monitors have different refresh rates than a tv. I use TV's because they are a lot cheaper and can be made compatible with a video card with tv-out (usually S-video) much easier than an arcade monitor.

    modern TV's flat panels and computer monitors have exponentially better graphics, but the problem is, old video games with 8 bit graphics look like crap on them. they were made so the poor resolution was part of the graphic. when you put them on a high res monitor, it looks like a cartoon, not the original video game...

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    Most monitors and TV's these days have the input for being used as a monitor. It should have either the blue or white or both inputs to be used as a monitor.

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    I used a 55 inch lcd tv that I picked up for scrap, had no problems connecting it to my laptop. I like that I could see it from across the room.my work benches are higher than the normal benches just because I don't like sitting for long periods, so I have a bar stool I lean on or sit on when I get tired of standing.


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