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Before you dish out your dollars for an HDTV, consider its dual purpose.

As LCD TVs have grown in popularity and prices have plummeted, some tempting bargains have appeared. On some 32- and 37-inch LCD HDTVs, prices have slipped into the sub-$800 sweet spot, but they require some consideration before buying. The best way to justify the business expense is to make your HDTV double as a computer monitor. Look for a PC input that will make it useful in a home office or in a meeting room setting.

One to look into is the very affordable, 32-inch Vizio VX32L HDTV. At $599, it comes with a 1200:1 contrast ratio, 8 ms response time, two HDMI inputs and a PC input, all while supporting up to 1080i and 1366 x 768 WXGA. It's large enough to make an impressive computer monitor and still handle your TV and DVD needs. If you want a budget 37-inch, the Hannspree Xv-S HDTV, which has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 8 ms response time, costs about $700. If you need an HDTV for high-end video and graphics applications, chances are you'll be looking at nearly double the price.

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This article was originally published in the July 2007 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Watch This.

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