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Selecting a 32ft + Montior for Group Briefings and Planning

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

     I hope you are enjoying a productive day. I want to conduct briefings and planning meetings from a monitor rather than an erasable white board. What is the best 32in or larger monitor to view "Word," "Excel" "Google Calendars" and "MindJet" documents from 5 to 15 feet for this purpose. Thank you and have an excellent day!

Very Respectfully
Rick
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Unless you are going to use a large font, most text will not be readable on a 32-inch monitor from 10 feet away.  For good value, an HDTV is probably better than a monitor, as monitors in the 30-in range are very expensive (Apple's CinemaHD, for example).  If you're going to use large fonts, the Samsung 32-inch 1080p HDTV that I recently bought is very sharp: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN32A550-32-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B00141AYM8
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Wizard,

     Thank you for your rapid response. If I increase to a 42in 1080p HDTV monitor, what size font will be viewable from 5 to 15 ft?  Additionally, what size 1080p HDTV will allow a 12 font character viewable from 5 to 15 feet?  Again, thank you and have an excellen day!

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Rick
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It's a simple case of geometry: if you can read text of a certain font size, you have to have the same angle created by the larger font or larger screen, whatever the distance.

Let's say you have a 24-inch widescreen 16:9 HDTV; it has a height of 12 inches and width of 21.3 inches. It is the font height that determines how readable it is, and for a given font the height is proportional to the screen height. It turns out that if you double the height of the font, you can double the distance you view it, as that will maintain the angle. Likewise, if you double the screen height, you can double the viewing distance, as long as you maintain the same resolution.

Now for the bad news: a 12 pt font on a 24-inch widescreen might be readable at 6 feet. If you want it readable at 12 feet, you will have to:
1) double the screen height
2) double the font size

If you choose 1, a 49-inch 16:9 HDTV will give you a 24-inch height. A 32-inch HDTV will only give you 16 inches of height, readable to 8 feet. Choice 2 means using 24 pt font or so.

You can try this out and see for yourself and se which option will work for you. You will need to make sure you get a sharp HDTV, as this assumes optimal viewing conditions.
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Callandor:

     Again, thank you for you quick response. My final question is if were tasked to purchase a 42in HDTV for the conduct of briefing and discussions from 5-15ft which HDTV would you purchase? If this question is too time consuming, pls disregard it. Thank you for your expert and invaluable advise. Have an excellent day!

Very Respectfully
Rick
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Callandor: You are the heat! Thank you very much for your rapid and knowledgeable responses.
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