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Top monitor gift picks

A list of CNET's Holiday Gift Guide picks for Printers and peripherals, including our top overall picks, best printers, best storage and networking, the best monitors, and input devices.

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Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D

A super high 2560x1440 resolution, an incredibly appealing thin design, and Samsung's new PLS panel technology make the Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D a force to be reckoned with. USB 3.0 support, useful connections, and all the ergonomic options you can shake a stick at, round out this excellent monitor.
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Asus PA246Q

It's rare to get such a high level of performance at such a low price. Also, with the extra precision it affords when designing or photo-editing, the PA246Q's unique grid overlay will enthrall both graphic artists and photographers alike.
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Apple Thunderbolt Display

Though aesthetically it's a near exact clone of the Cinema Display from last year, this one adds Ethernet, FireWire, and, of course, Thunderbolt support. The high price doesn't change, but luckily, neither does the high-quality and gorgeous 2,560x1,440 resolution screen.
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Eizo Flexscan T2351W

Don't let the price scare you. Well, don't let it scare you from finishing this paragraph, at least. The Flexscan's gorgeous and glossy touch screen, high build quality, and near flawless color reproduction makes it an appealing option for those with the need, who are willing to lay down the considerable cash.
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Samsung SyncMaster T27A950

3D? Check. Incredibly thin panel and unique-looking design? Check. A glossy film over the screen than makes colors in movies pop like it's nobody's business? Checkerooney! Also, with its Ethernet and Smart TV support, the T27A950 doesn't even need to be connected to a computer to enjoy.
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HP x2301 Micro Thin LED Monitor

Sure, to some, $250 doesn't exactly fit their definition of "budget," but when you consider at that price, the x2301 offers great performance, a sexy design, and the trifecta of monitor connections, you'll realize just how much HP squeezed into this cheap, little package.

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