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Hi,

Has anybody got any recommendations for a large screen that can be wall mounted. The Idea is the screen will be wall mounted in a Meeting room and will be allow the people using it to connect their laptops to the screen to show their desktop.

The screen will have to be around 50" in size and be suitable for viewing a Display from a laptop.
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Stewart, Draper, and Da-Lite are good manufacturers.  The specific screen material to get depends on the projector, ambient light and viewing angles desired.  You can take a look at the samples here: http://www.screens-usa.com/
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Hi,

Sorry I was a little vague in the question I am looking for a Large TV screen like a 50" HDTV that will allow laptops to be pluged into. The meeting room is not massive.

I know some TV's will allow PC input but I am just wondering if it is any good? and what the best TV's are for the Job.
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Almost all LCD and Plasma HDTVs have VGA or DVI inputs (look for these on the specs).  This makes the TV a large monitor and it is very sharp, if you match the desktop resolution to the native display (usually 1920 x 1080 for full HD).  I would recommend Samsung HDTVs - the LCD models are lighter than plasmas, but the plasmas are brighter and have better viewing angles.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LNT5265F-52-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000NVEG8S
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN50A550-50-Inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B0015AD2JK
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Will any of the new generation of Samsungs be good for this?

I read that for a TV screen to work with laptops the refresh rate and the response time must be good otherwise it will look slow and crap when used with PC input so will the Samsungs provide the right refresh rate and response time for this?

Also the screen wont be used much for video but will be used mostly for showing the contents of screens and presentations so are they any good for this?
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With LCD and LED HDTVs, refresh rate is not a problem, because unlike CRTs, there is no redrawing of screens on a line-by-line basis.  The pixels remain as they are unless they are instructed to change by the video card.  The native refresh rate of 60Hz is adequate, except when displaying fast moving objects and you don't want blur, such as in games.  If you are concerned, you can buy a 120Hz set and match the rate on your desktop, but other than for games, you shouldn't have to.  Response time is explained in this article: http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/lcd-response-time.html

For static images like PowerPoint, HDTVs are very sharp when you match the desktop resolution to the native screen resolution.
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The final thing I need to ask is what is the best way to connect the laptops to the TV?

We use Dell laptops at my company. All the laptops have inbuilt VGA connectors and a few have HDMI connections.

The docking stations we use have VGA and DVI connections on them.

Iv not really seen many TV's with VGA connectors so I am not sure wether you can buy them or not. Secoundly There is an option to use a docking station which will provide a DVI output. I have seen some DVI to HDMI conveters will one of these work?

What do you recommend?
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I have a TV with VGA input, but these are not as popular as HDMI.  The quality using decent VGA cables is more than adequate.  The DVI-to-HDMI adapters are inexpensive and preserve the digital signal, so if you use them, they would be fine.
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Ok thanks for all the help.

Matt
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