There’s a great discussion going on over at Apartment Therapy, a thread debating the merits of chucking the TV and simply streaming content to a laptop or monitor.
It’s totally doable and seems to be the favored choice of AT readers, but there are some solid reasons to keep the TV, from a purely technical perspective.
- Constant use creates a lot of wear and tear on the computer. Spinning hard drives, heat, battery drain. All of these will decrease the life of a computer, especially a notebook computer. Consider the average life of a computer is three years while TVs will last for 10 years or more. Which one is the better value?
- Screen size matters. Scenes are more richly realized and eye strain dramatically reduced by watching on a larger surface. You don’t have to be old to appreciate the eye strain part, anyone who puts in long hours on a computer knows the burn of focusing too hard.
- Watching TV is more fun as a shared, social event. Gathering around a computer just doesn’t have the same vibe.
- And what about sound? Seriously. Doesn’t anyone consider audio to be an integral part of the viewing experience?