Originally Posted by golfster
What is your viewing distance? If you are 3 feet or so from the screen, 720p should be OK. You might look at the boxes in the store and see what resolution is printed on it. Other than that, you might have to change screen sizes if possible.
I'm sitting pretty close. Probably at least 3 feet, but I use it as a monitor/TV.
A quick background of my scenario may be helpful--
I'm running two 28" 1920x1200 monitors on my Desk in my office, and a 26" 720 TV as a third monitor connected via HDMI. Plex Home Theater is set to the TV display and it's audio is configured to output using the TV's speakers.
So I use it like a TV, but it's driven by my PC.
I like being able to source content from my pc but easily control whether the audio comes from my 5.1 PC speakers or the TV's speakers-- that's why I prefer this be a TV and not a monitor.
I've had this setup for quite some time and really love it, but the 8 yr old 26" TV is starting to die (just randomly goes blank and sometimes comes back a few minutes later). It was also a terribly low end TV when I acquired it-- terrible viewing angles, audio is poor, color and contrast are abysmal-- and it hasn't aged well. The 720p resolution isn't bad when I'm watching TV shows, but on the occasion I use it as a monitor the resolution is pretty awful.
So I figured if I were to replace it, I might as well get a TV that more closely matches the resolution of my other displays to make multi-monitor scenarios more pleasant. TV's generally have better speakers than monitors with built-in speakers (though typically neither are great), but if I could improve my video and
audio quality with the upgrade I would be pleased.
I'm not married to the 28" size, but I liked the idea of the TV closely matching my monitors in size. If a monitor existed with respectable speakers that would work for me, but most monitor soundbars attach to the PC via 3.5mm audio and I'd prefer they be detectable by my PC through HDMI (the HDMI device gets detected as a separate sound device in windows which is how I'm able to send individual program's audio to it). So I'm thinking most speakerbars wouldn't work for my application.
Anyways, this got more off-topic than I intended it to. My apologies. I guess I'll just have to consider moving up to a 32" TV or try to find a 28" monitor with acceptable speakers for my setup.