For the last six years, my primary computer has been a notebook computer. The flat panel LCD in the notebook made a fantastic monitor for me.
First, I used a Dell Inspiron 5000, with a 1400×1050 resolution. Then, until very recently, I used a Dell Inspiron 8600 with a widescreen 1680×1050 resolution.
I love the LCD screen and the extra “real estate” on the screen. My desktop computer is a home-brew and uses a 19″ Dell monitor that I picked up from Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, who sells all their stuff on eBay.
Now, my wife has a new monitor, too. Her old Iiyama 19″ CRT with built-in speakers started having problems. The slight green shading in one corner wasn’t too bad.
But, when it decided that it didn’t want to turn on — that was grounds for immediately replacing it. The Iiyama also taught us that built-in speakers may be ok, sometimes, but they also may be noisy pieces of junk that make noise by themselves.
So, she got a new flat panel LCD!
I bought the ViewSonic VA902B 19″ LCD Monitor for her from Buy.com. It has 1024×768 resolution, 550:1 contrast and 270 “nits” brightness. It handles standard 15-pin video connectors. With a Saturday order and free shipping, I received it on the following Thursday — not bad at all.
Amazon.com has it also.