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Old April 13, 2013, 07:15 AM
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Can 4k tv's serve as a monitor? What is the down side? What video card is required?
Primarily used for surfing internet, watch movies, some photo editing, and some gaming like Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinte.
Seiki 50 Class 2160p 120Hz LED HDTV - 3840 x 2160, 16:9, 120Hz, 5000:1 Native, 6.5ms, 3x HDMI, VGA (SE50UY04) at TigerDirect.com

With this TV, I'll be lounging on my lazyboy (no, not really, I do not have one), surf the web.

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Old April 13, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Four Titans should do it.

I've never heard of that brand before. Any reviews?
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Old April 13, 2013, 07:28 AM
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Seiki 50" Class 2160p 120Hz LED HDTV - 3840 x 2160, 16:9, 120Hz, 5000:1 Native, 6.5ms, 3x HDMI, VGA

it don't say anything for upscaling

con: need long HDMI (1.4a) cable if system not close to screen $$$ and for viewing need min 2 meters so would need wireless keyboard/mouse

any video card that's supports HDMI port 1080p or 3840 x 2160 to get full use of screen

2560x1600 is the max @ moment for gpu's
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Old April 13, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Googled and found a a long discussion thread at overclocker. It can only do 24 Hz with HDMI, a little more for 1.4a. I guess I'll have to keep my Dell 2405 a little longer.
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Old April 13, 2013, 08:30 AM
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I'm thinking at 1300$ for a 4k 50" TV, the picture on that TV can't be very good. Could be wrong, but it seems too good to be true for a good TV. Even if it's LED instead of Plasma ;)
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Old April 13, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Definitely wouldn't jump into 4K with such a cheap model. You'll probably just be disappointed.

Wait a few more years until this price is for an actual name-brand. And from what I've read lately, the usual 1080p LED TVs actually decreased in quality for this year's models compared to last year. Not quite sure how that works... Guess TV's are becoming like phones, focus on apps and forget about what the device is actually supposed to do.
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Definitely wouldn't jump into 4K with such a cheap model. You'll probably just be disappointed.

Wait a few more years until this price is for an actual name-brand. And from what I've read lately, the usual 1080p LED TVs actually decreased in quality for this year's models compared to last year. Not quite sure how that works... Guess TV's are becoming like phones, focus on apps and forget about what the device is actually supposed to do.
Totally agree. I believe LG's top of the line LED TV for 2012 was a breakthrough in design and features. But the most important aspect, image quality took a step back. It is as if they remembered everything except the TV.
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Old April 14, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Sure glad my 2009 52" LG TV is still kicking. Though it only has 1 USB, 3 HDMI, 1 Optical in, 1 VGA in, 2 composite, 2 S-video. And a bunch of other stuff I'm not going to look for. It doesn't have a LAN connection but my LG Blu-Ray does. So I guess that's more than enough.
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Old April 15, 2013, 07:51 AM
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While this TV is looking like a bad idea. I can attest that gaming/pc use on a good HDTV is pretty nice. Gaming looked especially nice on my 50" Plasma, no lag or after effect, great blacks. Setting up sound through HDMI and my receiver was a little tricky at first but it ended up working great. Just be warned, unless you sit real close to your TV, reading text (in game or out) looking at menus, etc, is way worse on the TV. Even after adjusting size levels and truefont (or whatever it's called), it was a big strain to read at times.

I've stopped gaming as much so I moved back to a monitor and desk, but when I pick up a great game next, I'll either migrate back to the living room or look at getting a WDTV transmitter to play in the living room.
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Old April 15, 2013, 08:30 AM
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Funny, I find text just fine. At least with web pages and documents. Steam is a little annoying though. I usually just open Steam in a browser so I can increase the page size.
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