I was out shopping at CompUSA today looking for a monitor to replace the aging 1280*1024 display on my Mac. I'd pretty much given up and decided to go home and order the really nice Dell widescreen. As an aside, it's frustrating when a third of the laptops on display have nicer screens than any available desktop monitor in the store (!). Dell seems to be one of the few to buck this trend at an affordable price.
Then I happened upon this brief report at Engadget:
A quick check at bestbuy.com showed it in-stock a couple minutes away, and now I'm typing this while looking at it. Really nice display, very good price ($599). Inputs include:
- DVI (with HDCP support (!))
The video (not PC) inputs all go through a Faroudja scaler. It also seems to be counter-weighted -- it raises up and down on its' stand with very little effort.
I'm surprised by the quality (and even looks, once you peel the various marketing stickers off). Good stuff... the only addition I'd like to see them make is a high gloss X-BRITE-like coating, but the colors and brightness are pretty astounding, and WoW looks better than ever. Someone else showed up looking for one right after I did... my store might just sell out of em soon.