well, actually since the Monitor would be further away from you it would not be so bad. Especially at 1080i resolution.
Random rant (cause have nothing better to do): HighDef TV's come in many resolutions. The High Def signals themselves come in a bunch too. The most popular are 480p 720p and 1080i. Many Plasma and LCD HDTV's are not considered TRUE HDTV's since the majority of them do not have 1080i resolution. Most have a little more than enough for 720p resolution. On the other hand, most projection screen HDTV's have true 1080i resolution. And remember, just cause a TV supports a certain signal doesn't mean it actually has that resolution size.
The 1080i and 720p stand for the vertical number of pixels on the screen. 1080i is MORE then enough for a PC display as the resolution is 1920 by 1080. And that's the signal Digital HDTV is sent at! Imagine that quality! DVD's are only 480p (720x480)! lol
So yes, If you got a Plasma display that had ACTUAL 1080i resolution, then it would be fine resolution wise for PC's. But the problem with Plasma for PC's? Burn ins. Yes, Burn ins. Just like the old green text Mac machines and pc monitors, if an image was on the screen for too long it would start to actually burn into the screen. This is not a problem for Plasma if TV is what it is displaying since the images on TV are USUALLY always changing (except on QVC
), thus Plasma is fine for TV. But for PC users, hell no. Thus the rising acceptance of LCD HDTV's. But even those have problems since most LCD HDTV's used as PC Monitors suffered from extremely obvious refresh rate problems. But the latest generation of LCD HDTV monitors is starting to fix that problem. They generally advertise the better refresh rate technology for LCD HDTV's that now have it, so make sure they have the new technology before you buy one to use as a PC monitor.
SO yeah... 1080i is an amazing resolution for video and a great resolution for computers, but since it's interlaced you may not like it for PC's. But most HDTV's that say they can be used for PC's have vertical resolutions of 768 pixels. So it's like having a huge 1024x768 monitor with extra screen space added to the sides. Whatever.
I want that 1,999 dollar Apple 23inch 1920x1200 16:10 LCD monitor. Sexy. It's the exact number of pixels horizontally that 1080i HDTV signals use, but an extra 120pixles vertically since it's a 16:10 ratio monitor. I still can't figure out why widescreen computer monitors use the 16:10 format and HDTV uses 16:9. 16:9 is much better IMHO, but oh well.
Ummm... yeah... I think I'll shut up now. Sorry. When I start talking about something I am interested in it's hard to stop me.