What is the best LCD monitor to go with the MBA?

saintforlife

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I want to buy a large LCD monitor during the Thanksgiving sales here in the US.

Which is the preferred monitor brand for MBA owners? I am looking for a monitor in the 24"-30" range. Apple Cinema Display is out of my range.

Also should I try to buy the monitor in store or just buy it online to save myself the hassle of fighting the Black Friday crowds?

ETA: Is there a significant difference between LCD and LED monitors? Other than being lighter and thinner, do the LED monitors have any other advantage?
 

Bob Coxner

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You need to specify what you'll be using the monitor for. High quality photography/graphics work? Basic web surfing, watching movies? Something in between? Gaming? It makes a big difference in what to recommend.

The Dell ultrasharp models get great reviews. I would call them prosumer monitors.

https://www.dell.com/content/topics.../landing/en/ultrasharpmonitor?c=us&l=en&cs=04

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...-ultrasharp-u2412m-24-ips-monitor-review.html This is a 24" IPS panel for around $300.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSha...3SOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321735038&sr=8-1
 

saintforlife

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No I don't game at all. The monitor will be mostly for Windows/Mac, MS Office, Web Browsing and occasionally Netflix.

I just had a thought. Will a LCD or LED TV do well for this because then it could act as a second TV in the study room. Anybody use a TV as a monitor?
 

johnhurley

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No I don't game at all. The monitor will be mostly for Windows/Mac, MS Office, Web Browsing and occasionally Netflix.

I just had a thought. Will a LCD or LED TV do well for this because then it could act as a second TV in the study room. Anybody use a TV as a monitor?
No I don't use a TV although that may not be a bad option either.

Lots of good choices in the 150 dollar range ( maybe way under that for black friday ) in the 24 inch 1920 x 1080 category.

Really most of the ones seem so similar that unless you want to pay some kind of premium price see what makes sense financially. I am looking at my current screen at home it is an acer 24 inch ( about 4 months old ) and seems decent. I think I paid 160 for it ( plus tax ) back then ... guessing black friday deals will push prices way under 150?
 
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