If your New Year’s resolution is an uncluttered desk, your first move might be a sleek LCD monitor. LCD monitor sales have taken off, and all that popularity has resulted in lower and lower prices. Besides, somewhere around March, when your desk gets cluttered again, you can always make more room by hanging this monitor on the wall.
Envision EN-7500, $599
Pros: Built-in TV tuner with Picture-in-Picture to watch news, etc., while computing.
Cons: Can’t change size of Picture-in-Picture window.
Bottom line: Already one of the lowest-priced multifunction LCD monitors on the market, a recent price drop by the manufacturer makes it an even better buy.
Samsung SyncMaster 171V, $649
Pros: Recommended for high-quality business display use, also has system for extra low power consumption.
Cons: Simply an analog screen with no extras, such as TV tuners, speakers, etc.
Bottom line: LCD leader Samsung offers a dizzying array of LCD monitors with seemingly few differences, except price. Great monitors, but shop wisely.
ViewSonic VE700, $569
Pros: Better than standard image quality. Includes an auto-tuning feature.
Cons: One input source forces a choice: PC or Mac? No swivel.
Bottom line: If you only need a computer monitor, ViewSonic’s quality and reasonable price might be for you.