Using TV as a Monitor: Is it a terrible or great idea?

use tv as a monitorRecently, I moved to a new place. It’s tiring, but it’s also exciting! One of the things I’m most excited about is setting up a new work space. As a way to take advantage of the electronics we have at home, I decided to use our old TV as a monitor.

It seemed crazy at first because it’s quite huge to use for a computer monitor!It’s a 32-inch LCD TV. The old monitor I used was a 19-inch.

So, you can see how big the difference is! Another change was that my old monitor was just placed on the table. Now, the 32-inch TV is neatly mounted on the wall.

So, is it a terrible idea to use the TV as a monitor?

I only have been using this setup for two days, and I can’t really say for sure as of now. 

But one of the reasons why I thought it would be a terrible idea is because an LCD TV consumes more electric power than the regular LED PC  monitor. I was worried that the electric bill might shock me.

However, I don’t use the PC all the time when I’m working at home. I mostly use my MacBook Air to do a lot of stuff. So, I think it wouldn’t really greatly affect electric consumption if I don’t use it every day.

Basically, that’s only the main reason why I was hesitant to use the TV as a monitor.

But in the end, I still decided to go for it. Here are the reasons why:

  • Using a huge screen for a monitor is quite exciting for me!

My dream desktop is an iMac, and using the wall-mounted 32-inch monitor gives me the feeling that I’m using an iMac. 🙂

  • Having a huge screen allows me to have multiple windows open at the same time.

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When I work, I usually like to see two windows on my screen: Microsoft Word and the timer. So, 80% or 90% of the screen’s real estate is dedicated to the document I’m working on, and the rest is for the timer. The timer is important, so I can keep track on how much time I’m spending on each task.

So, this kind of setup is great for multitasking!

  • Wall mounting the TV is a space saver.

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Now that my monitor is mounted on the wall, I’ve got plenty of space on the table. If I use my MAC, I can easily set aside the keyboard at the back of the table. And there would still be plenty of space for my MAC. So, it’s like two computer setups in one table!

So was it a good idea?

I have to say that using the TV as a monitor turned out to be a great idea! It’s better than I expected actually! But I do hope that I won’t get shocked with my electric bill next month. J

If you want to use an OLD TV as a PC monitor, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Check the outputs available in your PC and TV.

In my case, I used the HDMI output in order to connect the CPU to the TV. Luckily, the video card of the PC that we assembled came with an HDMI output.

If you don’t have an HDMI output, you can use VGA.

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  • Determine how often you’re going to use your PC.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, LCD HDTV’s consume more power than your regular PC monitors. So, if you’re planning to use this setup as your main computer, you might want to think long and hard about using your TV as a monitor.

Since I only started using this setup, I’m really not sure how much of a difference it will make (I’ll keep you updated once we get our bill in the next few months).

  • See if you can mount the TV on the wall.

I highly recommend this setup! If you don’t have a wall bracket for your TV yet, I suggest buying one. They’re a lot cheaper nowadays. You can probably get it for around P1000-P2000. Wall mounting the TV is not only a space saver. It’s also easier to look at the screen when watching videos or typing long documents. 

Do you have on old TV at home that you don’t use? Would you consider using it as your monitor?

Please do share about your computer setup! Let me know which setup works best for you. J

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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