The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor?

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PostThe advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor?
by freeda » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:28 am

So I was in a electronic superstore the other day and I asked the guy in the computer department what I should buy if I want to have a 27"+ screen but one that handles handles dark area's well and avoids back light bleeding. He directed me to the TV section. There someone told me that most cheaper TV's would suck for a computer monitor for the reasons you guys have told me before. He said I'd have to spend a fortune getting an LED one that gave me the same picture quality as a Plasma one of the size. He said I could pick up a 40" Plasma that would give me great image quality for my games for about 500 Euros.

So what say you guys, is he talking out of his ass? Would a decent Plasma screen serve me well as a HD gaming screen?
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Falsey » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:00 am

Yeah mate 40" pc screen nothing could possibly go wrong.

Protip: Go to the shop and demo them till you find one you like
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by TheTurnipKing » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:59 am

The only thing about plasma is that it consumes a lot of electricity relative to an LCD panel, which might be an issue if your PC spends a lot of time on.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by glowy69 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:38 pm

Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Somebody Else's Problem » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:45 pm

glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


What's two inches between friends?
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by glowy69 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:34 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


What's two inches between friends?


Not much, but they guy clearly doesnt know what he is talking about
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Somebody Else's Problem » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:03 am

glowy69 wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


What's two inches between friends?


Not much, but they guy clearly doesnt know what he is talking about


I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Kenneth Williams.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Moggy » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:45 am

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


What's two inches between friends?


Not much, but they guy clearly doesnt know what he is talking about


I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Kenneth Williams.


Too obvious. Have Kenneth Branagh instead.

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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by glowy69 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:58 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


What's two inches between friends?


Not much, but they guy clearly doesnt know what he is talking about


I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Kenneth Williams.

:lol:

Sorry
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by more heat than light » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:33 pm

glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


:|

I'm pretty sure I have a 37" Panny Plasma.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Somebody Else's Problem » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:54 pm

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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by systematic » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:31 am

Make sure your television supports Chroma Subsampling if you intend to use it as a monitor for the best picture quality.

B1) What is Chroma Subsampling?

Wikipedia explains chroma subsampling very well, so I’ll defer you to there: link.

In summary… Chroma subsampling is a process where color information (a.k.a., chrominance or chroma) is sacrificed in order to reduce bandwidth. Why sacrifice color information? It’s because of the limitations of our eyes. The human eye has poor color acuity for detecting color details -- especially on a moving object.

Chroma subsampling sounds like an awful idea, but think it in terms of individual pixels (which is the level where subsampling works its magic). Let’s say you have a column of bright-red pixels and another adjacent column of dark-red pixels. With subsampling, you’ll end up with two columns of bright-red pixels instead. Unless you sit 1 cm away from your TV and have the eyes of a hawk, it’s highly unlikely you can detect the difference. Compound the fact that typical video footage is a series of different images being displayed at a rate of 24/30/60 fps, subsampling becomes imperceptible to the human eye.

B2) What does “4:4:4” (or 4:2:2 or 4:2:0, etc) mean?

Again, Wikipedia explains this very well with illustrative examples: link. For more technical descriptions, check out these pages: link1, link2, link3.

For you audio-visual learners, this youtube video explains the nomenclature very well too: link.

To sum it up, 4:4:4 means no subsampling is used at all -- so your image is displayed in its purest form. Anything less than 4:4:4 means original color information is lost.

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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by freeda » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:16 pm

Good to know. Ultimately I'm looking for a screen that will give me fantastic image quality and be over 27"
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Grumpy David » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:11 pm

more heat than light wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


:|

I'm pretty sure I have a 37" Panny Plasma.



Panasonic stopped making them years ago. I think they said a Full HD 37" plasma screen would cost as much to make as a 42" (or even more expensive) and that it just wasn't cost effective. Real shame, I'd love a Full HD 37" plasma screen.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by Fatal Exception » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:13 am

It's pretty retarded to use that as a PC monitor. For it to be usable you'd have to sit way back, and you may as well have just used a smaller and higher res PC screen.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by TheTurnipKing » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:41 am

Fatal Exception wrote:It's pretty retarded to use that as a PC monitor. For it to be usable you'd have to sit way back, and you may as well have just used a smaller and higher res PC screen.

Depends on how far away you WANT to sit from the monitor.

I sit far enough away from mine that I could probably be doing with a bigger screen.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by freeda » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:40 pm

TheTurnipKing wrote:
Fatal Exception wrote:It's pretty retarded to use that as a PC monitor. For it to be usable you'd have to sit way back, and you may as well have just used a smaller and higher res PC screen.

Depends on how far away you WANT to sit from the monitor.

I sit far enough away from mine that I could probably be doing with a bigger screen.

I sit 4 feet away from mine and I'd like to be able to watch movies from my bed which would mean sitting at least 8 feet away.
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PostRe: The advantages/disadvantages of a Plasma TV as a monitor
by glowy69 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:52 pm

Grumpy David wrote:
more heat than light wrote:
glowy69 wrote:Plasmas only start from a 42" screen so what the strawberry float is he on about


:|

I'm pretty sure I have a 37" Panny Plasma.



Panasonic stopped making them years ago. I think they said a Full HD 37" plasma screen would cost more to make than a 42" (or even more expensive) that it just wasn't cost effective. Real shame, I'd love a Full HD 37" plasma screen.


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