Pros & Cons of Using a Monitor to View TV
When an older computer monitor has been replaced by a newer model, the owner is left with a conundrum. What should be done with the old piece of hardware? Owners have several options. They can throw the monitor out with the trash, donate it to a school or charity, keep it stored somewhere or turn it into a makeshift television. Using a monitor as a television has advantages and disadvantages.
The best thing about a computer monitor doubling as a television is that it can be done with little or no fuss. Monitors broadcast using the same basic parts as a TV. Some newer LCD monitors come equipped with all of the connections necessary to plug a coaxial cable directly into the back of the screen and begin watching television. Older models require a cable box that connects into the back of the screen, while the coaxial cable is connected to an adapter on the box. Using a monitor as a TV saves the user money, since he won't have to purchase a new television.
Many people choose to toss a computer monitor in the trash when it is no longer useful. This clogs up landfill sites and has a negative impact on the environment. In some cases, this is unavoidable. Monitors break down and may cost too much to repair, forcing the user to toss it out. This is not the case for a fully functional monitor. By transforming it into a television, a user can reduce the amount of waste he produces.
The one major disadvantage of using a computer screen as a television is that the viewing area will likely smaller. This isn't always the case, as more modern screens are larger and wider, making them easier to see. With older screens, viewing area is more of a concern. Smaller monitors force viewers to sit closer to the screen, which may not be a problem in a small space but isn't practical for a living-room setting. Additionally, viewing a small screen can cause eye irritation from having to constantly squint.