I've had a 23" polycarbonate Apple Cinema Display for a few years now that I've been extremely happy with. I now need a big six monitor-array for stock trading and have been doing lots of research. First I wanted to determine what size to get. 22" seemed perfect until I discovered that the highest resolution for most 22" is only 1680x1050, the same resolution as most 20". I had hoped that by now, since they can make 20" displays with 1680x1050 cheaply, that they would make 22" with 1920x1200. Not so. I don't want bigger pixels, I want more pixels per inch. Heck, even my MacBook Pro has 1680x1040 on a 17" screen and is available with a 1920x1600 screen! Surely they could make a 22" or even a 20" with 1920x1200? As I wanted 1920x1200, I decided to go with 24", as there were almost no 23"s to be found, apart from Apple. The slightly larger dot pitch worried me a bit, but I figured it wouldn't matter too much. Why all manufacturers are going 24" with a lower PPI than the 23"s is a mystery to me. And especially why there are no 20" or 22" at 1920x1200 (except for the 22" L220x from Lenovo). After looking for a monitor with HDCP, 178/178 viewing angle, and not being a TN display (which I read bad things about), I decided to go with the Samsung 245T, paying twice as much ($680) as for the cheaper 2253BW ($310). I thought that by paying up, I would definitely get a great display. I also considered Dell, but the Samsung got better reviews. Then yesterday I received and connected my new 245T displays. And I was quite shocked. Whereas my Apple Displays are "calm" to look at, yet very sharp, and have accurate colors, the Samsungs were super bright, had a strange color cast and were not very sharp at all. After playing around with the settings the picture got a little better, but in order not to "burn" my eyes, I had to turn down the brightness all the way! Unfortunately it seems that the sharpness of the display is somehow connected with the brightness. When you turn down the brighness, the display gets less sharp. And after staring at the Samsungs the whole day today, I realize that there is something going on with the lighting that makes my eyes hurt. This was not the case with the Apple display. And when you stare at a screen for over 10h a day, you can't have a display that is straining on your eyes. I know that in flat-screen TV land there is a quest for higher contrast and more brightness. That now seems to have spilled over into computer displays as well. Why would I need this insane brightness in a computer monitor when I'm sitting 20 inches away? I think my old ACD had only 200 cd/m2 brightness and 1:350 contrast, and that was plenty. Actually, the picture quality when watching DVDs are better on the Apple display! I don't get it. How can that be when the Samsung has faster response time, higher contrast and more brightness???? Maybe it's because the pixels are bigger, but the Samsung definitely has more grain, more motion blur and a strange contrast when watching DVDs. What are your experiences with LCD displays? And can anyone recommend a display that has great sharpness and doesn't strain your eyes? I'm thinking about the Apple Cinema Displays but are they worth the price? My first choice was to get six monitors for stock trading that also worked well for games and movies, had HDCP and a great viewing angle. I now may settle for a display that "just" does computing (text is easy to read) very well, and leave the movie watching for my TV. I could also go down in size to 20" at 1680x1050 or get a 22" like the Lenovo L220x that has 1900x1200. Any input or ideas would be greatly appreciated.