Samsung SyncMaster 953BW
The 19-inch Samsung SyncMaster 953BW performs well and has a low price; however, its competitors one-up it on both counts.
The Gateway HD1900 monitor has great performance, but is lacking in features.
Samsung SyncMaster 940UX
While its ability to connect to your PC via USB makes the Samsung SyncMaster 940UX a convenient second monitor, LG has a cheaper and larger DisplayLink model that also boasts better overall performance.
We wouldn't pay more than $200 or so for any 19-inch LCD, but if you need a smaller screen and can find Acer's p191w for that price, we'd recommend it. It's a basic display with no speakers or HDCP-support, but its image quality and sleek design make up for any lacking secondary features.
Though the 19-inch wide-screen ViewSonic VA1912wb looks modest, it packs a punch, with above-average performance, full-sounding built-in speakers, and a very sweet price.
Dell UltraSharp 1907FP
With good performance, a stylish design, and all the flexibility we could ask for in a monitor, the Dell UltraSharp 1907FP is one of the few entries in the budget display category that we highly recommend.
The 19-inch ViewSonic VX922's fast 2-millisecond pixel response makes for stellar gaming performance, but DVD playback disappoints; nongamers may be better served by a more adjustable LCD.
The ViewSonic VP930b is incredibly adjustable and includes great business-oriented software, but its steep price warrants much better performance.
The VGA-only HP L1906 is as functionally simple as LCDs get these days, and while there's nothing wrong with simplicity, other 19-inch LCDs, such as the Westinghouse LCM-19v5, have more features and cost less.
Philips Brilliance 190P6
Aside from a few small image-quality flaws, the Philips Brilliance 190P6 has everything you need for business and some pleasure, too.