Bought a new 19-inch monitor today. Didn't have to, but wanted one. I just sent off a big payment for my credit card so I treated myself. I got a ViewSonic A91f+.
I actually had a good reason to ditch my old 17-inch. My previous monitor, a Philips, was a big disappointment. It "bows" (pronounced 'boh-s') on the bottom left. Hate that so it had to go. (grin)
This monitor was bought from CompUSA. Why did I go there (because I rarely buy from a computer store)? I wanted to physically see the monitor work before I brought it home. I saw it work. Looked okay. I bought it.
I paid $200 (after I get the rebate check) for this. My only complaints are as follows:
1) A tad fuzzy - enough for me to notice, but that's the way these 19's are. I'm running 1280x1024 resolution and I can see the fuzzies just a little bit. Were I running something lesser for resolution it would be crystal clear. Fortunately the fuzzies are not enough to distract me from doing work on this thing.
2) Colors aren't as vibrant as the Philips. Again, this is to do with it being a 19-inch monitor and the fact I'm running 1280 resolution.
Why I blame resolution for lack of color and slight fuzzies:
Windows is simply not meant to run on any resolution above 1152x864 (not well anyway). When you do, fonts look different (because you have to increase the size else you can't read them,) and picture rendering is different. There are those who would say "No, no.. everything is the same at just a higher res." Wrong. My eyes don't see that. I have seen this occur in every version of Windows ever made. For some reason, the higher you go, the worse it looks. Then the next version of Windows comes out and everything is fixed (groan).
I blame res problems on Windows itself because my vid card is fine and programmed properly and the monitor has absolutely nothing wrong with it. Maybe if I spent 300 bucks more I'd get the clarity of a Philips, but I'm not about to spend $500+ on a monitor. Screw that.
I'm sure the next version will be more accommodating to higher resolutions. XP in its current state isn't. But what ya gonna do. :-(