AG Neovo X-174, $949
PROS: Remarkable clarity and brightness across 160-degree viewing angle. CONS: The anti-glare, anti-reflection glass filter is good news, bad news: It certainly protects the screen, but adds weight and collects fingerprints. BOTTOM LINE: Analog, digital, and video connections, plus 17.4-inch diagonal viewing area, make this a worthwhile buy.
Samsung SyncMaster 152B, $479
PROS: Displays crisp text with wide range of viewing angles on 15-inch monitor. We like
the way the interface cables thread through the stand, which also folds back for use as a wall mount. Built-in speakers deliver decent sound. CONS: Smaller than the other choices. BOTTOM LINE: If you’re watching the budget and really short on space, this one’s for you.
BenQ FP 882, $935
PROS: This 18-incher from BenQ, formerly Acer Peripherals, provides distortion-free images. The “iKey” function automatically calibrates the input signal for the best display. A microprocessor feature lets you save different display modes and switch among them. CONS: The built-in speakers sound tinny. We also noted an odd humming sound when we adjusted screen brightness. BOTTOM LINE: A handsome unit with a three-year full warranty.