Calm Man wrote: henry A wrote:
I recently lost my cable bill and did the same thing. I simply have an old laptop hooked up to an HDMI port in the TV. The laptop stays on and I also own a wireless mouse. Thus, all I have to do is change the input to HDMI on the tv. I then have lots of my favorite websites and streaming media saved as favorites so I can use the mouse to get to everything I need. The best part? I never have to get out of my seat.
I like this set up so much I've considered purchasing a wireless keyboard and simply using my TV as my computer..
Pardon my ignorance. Although I intend fully to keep cable, are you saying that connecting the laptop up to the tv allows you to use the mouse and see everything on the computer right on the tv? And can you see writing and websites adequately when you view it on a tv or does it take a lot of adjustment, including for typing, etc?
Flatscreen TVs are nothing more than computer monitors with an added TV tuner. You can plug your computer into them just as you would any other monitor and work on it the same way. The issue is size and resolution. 1080i (and 1080p) is only 1,920x1,080 pixels, which is about what you'll get from a decent 17"-19" dedicated computer monitor or a 15" laptop screen. So you can stick a 50" TV on your desk, but you aren't going to be able to get more stuff on the screen, it's just that what is there will be bigger. Much bigger. If you sit too close to a big monitor, you'll be able to see the individual pixels. But if it's a several feet away, you should be fine. Actually, in a lot of the world where space is at more of a premium than US suburbs, it's very typical for a single 20"-42" screen to serve as both a TV screen and the computer monitor.
BTW, if you get your TV through a cable or satellite box, you aren't actually using the TV tuner, so you can use also use a computer monitor as a TV. You just need to be sure to get one that supports something your box can output (normally 1080i or 720p) as a native resolution or you'll get a blurry image.