My LCD died two weeks ago, so I rushed out to Best Buy and grabbed the cheapest 19-inch model on the shelf, which turned out to be the $179 eMachines E19T6W. Had Dell released the Dell S1909WX in mid-September instead of today, I may have spent an extra $20 for it with its higher contrast ratio and arguably better styling.
Like my new eMachines purchase, the 19-inch Dell S1909WX is a wide-screen display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1440x900-pixel native resolution, 5ms pixel response time, and 300-nit brightness. It trumps the eMachines LCD's 700:1 contrast ratio, however, delivering a 1,000:1 ratio. Like nearly any recent 19-inch display, it provides an HDCP-compliant DVI port and an analog VGA port.
Dell also released the 17-inch Dell S1709W today, which provides the same native resolution, a 8ms response time, a 600:1 contrast ration, and 250-nit brightness, and only a VGA port for $179.
Both new Dell displays don't have Webcams, an increasingly common feature on LCD monitors. I've liked the look of HP's LCDs of late, like last year's