I went to a computer store yesterday for the first time in a very long time and looked on the back of a brand-new, low-end Gateway desktop PC tower box and noticed a new connector I have never seen before. It was an HDMI ouput jack (now on the back of even the cheapest PC's I guess). I know that HDMI means High Definition Multi-media interface and I think that it's used for connecting it to a High Definition TV instead of a conventional PC monitor. However, I am having trouble visualizing people hooking their desktop pc tower boxes up to a High Definition TV (mounted presumable on a wall for a large TV set) and then pulling their chair up to a Hi-def TV and using that for a "desktop personal computer". Wouldn't the level of lumens eminating from a High-Def TV blow away the retina in the eyeballs of people doing this, especially if someone tried doing this with a very large screen HD TV set?
I use my computer daily (for many hours a day) mostly for surfing the internet, reading websites, visiting forums, sending e-mails, reading blogs and so forth, all of which, by default, have bright white backgrounds with black text (usually very small text at that). I can't picture myself pulled up to a hi-def TV and using it in the stead of a conventional computer monitor. In situations like this (especially using a large screen), wouldn't that cause intense eye straining to read the small text typically found on the internet?
So the question then becomes, what exactly is the purpose or intention of an HDMI output on the back of new, low-end desktop tower PC boxes?