Be smarter than your TV

Smart TVs have been around for a while and are now commonly accepted in the marketplace. Invented in 2008, the Smart TV allows users to access multiple channels and services without requiring a cable subscription or access to a TV antenna. Users can also access the internet through an ethernet cable or via built-in Wifi in some models. Games and other types of content can be accessed through apps on the TV, and in some cases, users can access multimedia content stored on another device. Smart TVs tend to cost around $100 to $200 more than their “dumb” counterparts, which makes sense given the added features.

So, given the aforementioned benefits of owning a Smart TV and its nominal additional cost, owning a Smart TV should be a “no brainer”, right?


Owning a Smart TV may seem like the best decision when considering convenience and economics, but prepare to have your mind warped by the simple solution that blows Smart TVs out of the water! This simple solution is to hook up a desktop computer to your “dumb” TV. All you’ll need is an HDTV, a desktop computer with an HDMI port and an average graphics card, an HDMI cable, a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard. I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t this solution more expensive than a Smart TV?” It absolutely is, and while I’m not always a fan of the costlier solution, it’s completely worth it in this case.

A Smart TV gives you access to internet browsing, streaming through apps and other features, but even these features are limited compared to what you can access through your desktop computer. You can only utilize the apps that are available through your particular Smart TV, whereas a desktop computer opens you up to the entire internet. Your standard desktop computer will also have a DVD player for watching movies, SD and other ports so you can show your pictures to family on an easy to view TV, and gives you access to a multitude of additional computer programs including Microsoft Office applications. With a “dumb” TV and a desktop computer, you’ve turned your average living room into a multi-functional space where you can work and play. So next time you’re looking at Smart TVs, take a step back and think about what the “smart” solution really is.