I use a 17" HP L1706. Dot pitch could be better (.264mm) but the color is
really nice. Anything thinner than a 19" CRT is really nice.
Some folks will nitpick over screen refresh rate or color temperature, but I
don't. I find my 17" LCD has the same (or close enough) diagonal than the
old 19" CRT I used to have. Of course, I work in mechanical design and
welding, so I don't always have 2000 items on screen. Someone dealing in
large architecture or industrial floor plans will want the larger screen if
only to see more stuff.
My $0.02 (CAD)
Viewsonic or Samsung- I own 3 of the former, two Samsungs. All come
with three-year factory warranties. Two of the Viewsonics have had
their backlights fail just before the warranty expired. Viewsonic
repaired them both at zero cost- they paid for shipping both ways. My
favorite is the Samsung 213T- 21.3", 1600X1200 resolution. It's
almost too big- I have to back away a bit for web browsing but it
covers a lot of territory.
I've been using a Dell UltraSharp 18" LCD for a few years and love it.
Decided to get rid of some old CRT's and bought a 19" Viewsonic wide screen.
Bad move, The monitor is nice but they made the screen a couple inches wider
and reduced the height to get the 19" diagonal. Dell 14"w x 11.5"h,
Viewsonic 16"w x 10"h. Not good for CAD-CAM work. Buying a Viewsonic 20"
VG2021m $269 at newegg.
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