How to use the TV as an additional monitor,

Modern TVs have quite a few different functions and have very impressive image quality, which undoubtedly led to customer demand. Bright colors, high detail pictures contributed to the fact that users began to use the TV as a monitor. Personally, I prefer to broadcast video streams, via the home network. That is, I mainly use the TV for media playback, working on the computer.

To pass the video from the computer to the TV, the second one should have the DLNA server function, and you need to install media server. You can also create multimedia network, you can use the built-in Windows Media or use «Home media server». Also described previously, the software for the models from Samsung. All you have to do is pressure-tested the LAN cable is to configure the program.

However, you can use the TV for play or work together with the monitor or connect it to the computer separately, but it is necessary to consider several main points. First, it makes no sense to connect your computer to the TV with a small screen resolution. The text on these screens is not comfortable to read, and the image will be coarse because of what will quickly tired eyes. It is desirable that the screen resolution is at least 1920 x 1080 @ diagonally 32 inches.

Second, the TV with IPS panel have excessive contrast causing black colors and shades become expressionless. To monitor such an image would be a disaster, and for the TV it is normal. First of all, his task is to create the intense brightness and color of the image create a nice contrast and if you look at the TV screen from a distance of 2-3 meters, then the picture quality is good.

But to work on the computer in photo and video editor, at a distance of 50-70 cm behind the 32-40 inch TV already so comfortable. The monitor looks big and all workspace items simply cannot fit into the field of view, forcing you to twist the head from side to side. In addition, from a short distance such permission still see the pixels, which in my opinion somewhat hinders to achieve a good result when editing video or processing color photos.

I already mentioned earlier that such a the refresh rate of the TV, which can be 100, 200, 400, 800 and 100 Hertz, but these indicators is achieved by means of a special algorithm, highlighting and analyzing two consecutive frames where placed additional duplicate frame. It's more like a marketing ploy, despite the fact that in reality the image becomes smoother in dynamic scenes. But in reality, for example, the film industry standard is 24 frames per second to reduce flicker, each frame is shown to the audience twice which is 48 Hz.

This technology certainly works in terms of digital television, transmission and playing video and other multimedia content, but we want to use the TV as a monitor. Therefore, to obtain sufficiently smooth images in the same games, it is advisable to to computer video card could give 50-60 fps.  In this case, the technology will manifest itself 100%.

Connect the TV to the computer via a connector.

To link the TV with the computer via the digital interface HDMI, DVI or obsolete, but still used analog VGA interface. Previously used component and composite connector, but they are not as relevant and modern video cards they do not complement each other.

I use only interfaces HDMI, DVI and will show you how to create a connection from the TV to the system unit of the computer via a HDMI cable. You similar can create a connection using the VGA cable, and if necessary to use an adapter DVI-VGA. Insert one end of the cable into the TV connector, and the second to the HDMI interface of the computer.

On the TV screen, select the port number to which the inserted HDMI connector. It remains to perform a simple setting. Click the right mouse button in an empty area of the desktop and from the context menu, look for «screen Resolution». In the opened window there is a dropdown menu called «Multiple displays».  Item «Duplicate these displays» speaks for itself, and «Extend these displays» will give the ability to drag information of the mouse from one monitor to another.

So you can drag, for example, the workspace of the program or move the window the video player, which in my opinion is very convenient. Here you can configure the orientation or the screen resolution. Here is an example with the option «Duplicate screens».

Don't recommend using TV as the main monitor for work at arm's length. Especially if the size of TV screen over 40 inches. But to experience the game at a distance of 2-3 meters or watching movies, photos or any apps at this range is just super.

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