Most monitors are pretty much the same. There's a small percentage that are dreadful, a small percentage that are , and a small percentage you can . But most are just OK, really. One monitor that's a good bet for the spectacular category is the LG Flatron L226WTQ--the world's first LCD computer monitor with a claimed 5,000:1 contrast ratio.
A high contrast ratio, for those not in the know, keeps images from looking washed out. You get very dark blacks, very bright whites, and ultimately a better picture. It's not that useful when you're editing images, doing desktop publishing or other dull office tasks, but it's jolly good for watching movies.
We've been playing with an L226WTQ for the last few days and, while we can't verify the exact contrast ratio (few people can), it's packing some seriously black blacks. And don't even get us started on those whites. The color reproduction seems pretty good too, plus you get 2ms gray-to-gray response time, HDCP over DVI-I for high-definition content, and a one-touch zoom function that lets you switch to lower resolutions if your eyes can't cope with 1,680x1,050 pixels.
The L226WTQ is available in black or a rather unattractive shade of gray for around 185 pounds (about $381). It'll be in U.K. stores in plenty of time for Christmas. Excuse us while we slip into our white lab coats--we'll bring you a review shortly.