I am in the market for a 19" LCD. I recently moved from the U.K to the U.S.A and can get some good deals on Newegg. However, when it comes to advice you can't beat the people on PC Advisor forums!
The following interest me: 1) Viewsonic VX922 $270 click here
2) Viewsonic VX924 $295 out of pocket / $255 after rebate click here
My computer uses are gaming (25%), internet use (60%) and word processing (15%).
The viewsonic VX922 seems to have higher specifications with a 650:1 contrast ratio and a faster response time. It is also cheaper than the VX924. Is there something special about the VX924 that I am unaware of?
Personally I would go to a store that could demonstrate a working model that you could see and view the monitors for yourself. What might seem good for you might not for others. The refresh rate is important but so is the shade of white. Anyway best of luck in the USA.
I bought an HP 19" screen in April and I have to say that the quality and build of it is excellent. the colours are displayed crisp and clear on it and it was only £230 so it was well worth the money. Even the built in speakers are great quality.
I'm with Rdave13 on this one. Theres no harm getting a short list and doing some research into what monitor to get, in fact its pretty much essential. But I've read reviews of monitors that said they were brilliant and when I saw them they didn't appear all that good to me. I think theres a lot of personal preference in this sort of thing and what appeals to me may not appeal to you. Try to see them working if you can, especially with moving pictures such as a fast action DVD and perhaps a game if you can.