A long title, yes, but I could not think of any other way to word it! This is just a tip that I used a while back when it was time for me to pick up a new LCD monitor for my my home office. I was looking at 23″ Widescreen Dell monitors for about $300, but then I saw that I could get a dual-purpose 23″ LCD TV/Computer Monitor for about $550, so I picked that one up instead. Now my home office has a TV and a computer monitor for not much more than I would have paid for just the monitor alone. Plus, you don’t need to clutter up a room with yet another black box!
Since I have cable internet service, I just split the line right before the cable modem and ran one line into the back of the TV and one into the modem. The monitor has a remote control that I leave on my desk, so I just hit one button and I can switch over to watch some TV or catch up on the news for a few minutes. Time to go back to work? Just hit the button again and it’s back to the computer. They don’t sell the model that I bought anymore, but there are many options (and companies) that make these things.
Honestly, this thing is fantastic…since my home office is in our guest room, anyone that stays at our house now has their own TV to watch. And if my wife is watching something in the living room that I am not interested in, I can just go hang out in my office and watch whatever I want. We had decided a long time ago to never have a TV in the bedroom, but having an extra TV in the house sure comes in handy sometimes. So if you ever find yourself in the market for a new computer monitor (or a TV, for that matter) consider getting a 2-in-1 combo, it can save you money and space rather than buying 2 separate units!