I've tried two 24" TVs/monitors as second displays with my imac9,1. Both are sold as dual purpose--either TV or computer display--and both are HD resolution @ 1080. In both cases the perceived resolution is poor. I'd decribe it as grainy, with poor contrast, in spite of extensive adjusting and calibration of the software available with each and physical monitor settings. As televisions, both deliver a great picture, but as monitors, they are terrible.
I don't need fancy graphics or cinema, but I do need good resolution for documents--letters and numbers--that I hope would come near what the iMac delivers. I'm not knowledgeable about display technology, and I sure would appreciate some recommendations.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
BestBuy has a lenient returnpolicy. Try LED monitors until you find one you like.
As to TVs being good monitors ... I doubt they ever will, as long as they dedicate themselves to "fast football-action-response-time. And they also space pixels for viewing at 15+ ft instead of monitor-use distance 4 ft. All very fuzzy about making a prefect-image device that lets a 15-ft-distant image be crystal clear.
Also, this looks interesting for a 27 in LED that also does TV, if you need an LED monitor that does TV to minimize cost by combining: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=23826 44&CatId=1046