Save big on two sweet LCDs

Are you looking for a nice, big monitor for your desktop? How about an even bigger HDTV for a den or bedroom? Either way, we have you covered.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
Rick Broida
2 min read
Acer's V233HBD monitor offers 23 inches of 1080p goodness. eWiz

In recent months, I've noticed that LCD prices have not only stopped dropping, but they've also crept up a bit. That's why I'm excited to bring you two, two, two LCD deals today--both of them better than I've seen in a while.

First up: eWiz has a new Acer V233HBD 23-inch LCD monitor for $159.99 with free shipping. That's after applying coupon code SHOWERS15 at checkout.

Though fairly basic in terms of specifications, this spacious screen rocks full 1080p, 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. It has DVI and VGA inputs, a 5ms response time, and Acer's unusually generous three-year warranty. I mention that because I've had LCDs die on me, and always after the one-year mark--the standard warranty period for most monitors.

The V233HBD doesn't have an HDMI port or speakers, so it's not exactly a multimedia champ. However, if you want something a little bigger than the typical 22-inch display for about the same price, this is a fine option. The coupon code is good through April 18.

Next: TigerDirect has the refurbished Vizio VA26LHDTV10T 26-inch LCD HDTV for $199.99, plus $23 or so for shipping. That's after redeeming a $50 mail-in rebate (PDF).

The Vizio VA26LHDTV10T is a bargain basement HDTV that's a nice choice for a den or bedroom. Vizio

With its maximum 1,366x768-pixel resolution (aka 720p), the Vizio makes a better TV than it does a monitor. That said, it can easily pull double duty, as it has a VGA input and two HDMI inputs. It also includes a component-video input for connecting a game console such as the Nintendo Wii and so on.

You can get the full scoop on the VA26LHDTV10T on Vizio's product page--where, interestingly, the list price of $449.99 is on prominent display.

Of course, that's for a new model. TigerDirect is selling a  refurbished set, and therefore comes with a 90-day warranty. You'll have to decide if saving $200-plus is worth the risk.

For what it's worth, you can also buy the VA26LHDTV10T for $248 out the door from Buy.com. That's only $15 more than your post-rebate price from TigerDirect--but here there's no rebate involved.