For a while I was trying to use a 40″ 1080p LCD TV as a monitor. I
thought that this was going to be fantastic – it was going to be like
having 4 20″ monitors side by side. My productivity was going to
increase. Cutting and pasting between different documents and work
environments was going to get so much easier.

Unfortunately the reality is it’s pixels that matter, not inches of
display space.

A 1080p TV has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels regardless of it’s
size in inches. Most monitors these days have the same resolution,
1920 x 1080 pixels which means a $200 22″ monitor has the same display
real-estate as a $2000, 60″ 1080p HD TV when used as a monitor.

There may be a benefit to the larger screen for people with poorer eye
site that prefer larger text sizes, but for me, there was no benefit
to the larger screen.

The only displays I’ve been able to find that exceed 1920 x 1080
pixels are the 27″ iMac and the Apple LED Cinema Displays which both
have 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and a correspondingly high price

I want to get one of these things so bad – but not bad enough to pay
for it just yet.

Using a 40″ 1080p LCD TV as a monitor – FAIL