HDTV As a Computer PC Monitor – What You Need to Know

When you want to use your HDTV as a computer monitor, you can do so for several reasons. Maybe you want to use it for all the work you do with your PC, or you are more inclined to hook your console to your HDTV in order to play video games. If the sole purpose of transforming the HDTV into a computer monitor, temporarily, is to watch movies, than you do not need the extra advice displayed in this article. But, if you are interested in running an operating system or video games on your HDTV, please, read on.

LCD TV versus Plasma TV

There are two main types of flat screen TV on the market, LCD and plasma. While the competition between the two technologies is quite fierce, there are areas where one tops the other, due to their particular features. When it comes to using HDTV as a computer (PC) monitor, LCD is the favorite, because it does not develop the same problems as a plasma, when the screen is exposed for prolonged periods of time to the same images. This does not happen when we use our HDTV's as television sets, as movies and television programs change the image quite often. Now, you may ask yourself: what seems to be the problem with static images?

Plasma "Burn In" Problem

The problem with static images – that are displayed when you are using your computer operating system, or you play a game where the same image stays on the screen – especially has to do with plasma. These HDTVs do not deal too well with these type of images. This has to do with the technology involved, phosphorus-based screens; when an image "uses" one part of the screen for many hours, like holding the gun in a first person shooter, or displaying the same user interface, a ghostly-like shadow will remain on the screen, which will ruin further experience with your plasma. What is even worse, a burn in problem can become permanent with ease, and can only mean money thrown away.

Prevention is Key

If you have a plasma and you want to use your HDTV as a computer (PC) monitor, then you must provide caution in doing so. Use it for your desktop applications, or for your games, for no more than 3-4 hours, then go back to use it for movies and TV programs; that could save the day for you. Unfortunately, if the burn in becomes permanent, there is not much you can do (if there is only a slight image retention, that can be solved by going back to regular use).

Source by Jack A Smith

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