How about one that plays ''Who Let The Dogs Out'' every time you turn it on?
Seriously, LCD's are tough to buy. Ya go to Fry's, or Joes Monitor Emporium & Bait Shack, and there will be 30 LCD's lined up to compare both in price and quality. Price is easy. Quality is not. Here's why.
What is the ambient brightness of the room you are using to compare screens? How does that compare to the normal brightness of your work space? Is the light floresent or incandecent? Color temp. has its effect.
Those are minor things. Here's the big one.
Was the monitor set up properly, and what is the source of the content. OK, two big ones.
Any monitor can be made to look good, if you turn down the brightness and contrast of the other monitors. The sales staff at Joe's have a lot of free time when the fish ain't bitting. Suddenly a crap monitor with a huge mark-up looks better than the rest of the selections!
There are a hundred people a day playing with the settings of each monitor, and some days, a hundred of them have no clue what they are doing.
If the source is over-driving a color, a monitor that is weak in that color might look better than the one next to it. Same with contrast.
One other thing. LCDs are getting better, but very few professionals use LCDs when color is critical, because the color range of an LCD is inferior to that of a CRT, and because everything changes on an LCD if you just change your seat height a bit. Consistancy is not the LCDs strong suit.
Now that I've convinced you that there is no way to shop for and find a quality LCD, and that it will be crap even if you get lucky, here's the other side.
If you are editing for your own use, then if it looks good to you, it rocks!
If you are editing for the web, then you are editing for those hundred ''consumers'' mentioned earlier. Their monitors at home are as screwed up as the ones they ''tried out'' at Fry's. This means that if your monitor causes you to adjust everything a little on the warm side, half of the people's set-up will be perfect for it, and others will think you're a hack.
On a side note, Macs run a brighter Gamma setting than PC's do (new, right out of the box) so if you brighten things up for the PC crowd it might look a bit washed out on the mac. On the other hand, make it look good on your mac, and PCers will think it's subtle and edgy.
If you are editing for high end comercial use, A) get a CRT. and B) you can buy an expensive calabration tool that you stick onto the screen with suction cups, and your monitor will be perfect every time... For you... and ahh... everyone else that has the same set-up.
Er... Get the picture?
By the way, I have an NEC 17" LCD that is brighter and has better color than my Ti 15" Powerbook. I use it for editing web content, with the stock color profile. It was on sale.
I'm shopping around for a monitor today... One that is perfect and is almost free would fit the bill but I realize thats unrealistic so any recommendations for the next best thing ? I'll be switching it between my iBook and a win box. I will be using it to review and work with photographs. It's going in the bedroom office so an analog TV connection would be nice but not imperative - picture resolution is more important. Oh... and it needs to let the dogs out in the middle of the night. I want something for $300.00 or less. I found one Magnavox that meets the criteria but not thrilled by that brand.
No... I'm not drinking right now... it's still 15 minutes of noon.
I'm looking myself but if anyone has recently found a great value that they could clue me into I would be truly grateful.