Since I bought a hi-rez 24" monitor over 15 years ago ...
.. I see no reason to try connecting my computer to an HDTV. But in a wonderful example of how all trades are trade-offs, I recall that with the money I spent on that monitor, I could otherwise have bought a new compact car. It did however have such flashy extras as picture-in-picture, and I've never regretted the expense.
That flat-screen monitor still works perfectly and when it dies, I will replace it with another rather than engaging in unneeded fiddling with my HDTV. Today, expensive such monitors cost $250 or less, and cheaper ones from excellent manufacturers are edging down to $150.
One not-so-small point: earlier references to hi-rez monitors suggest that these are of value principally or solely to graphic software users. Virtually all my use has been of character-based files, and I have found from Day One that working with these can be much, much faster and better-directed when one can bring up document sections for detailed examination of the text. My monitor paid for itself in higher productivity in a few months. When I must work on smaller screens, as when traveling with a laptop, I feel my effectiveness declines considerably.
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