Originally Posted by JDHarding
I'm not sure how I feel about them.. if you mean reflection-wise, my computer is situated in a dimly lit bedroom where reflection couldn't happen.
I'm far from an expert on computer monitors, and haven't tried the other brands/models mentioned above. If the other ideas aren't floating your boat though, then I was gonna suggest looking at the glossy-screened NEC GX2's, specifically the 19" 90GX2
or the 20" widescreen 20WMGX2
. (The "BK" models have a black base rather than white.) Fry's and some BB's should carry these in their stores. I tried a used 20WMGX2 and it easily put my old Samsung 175V LCD to shame in virtually every respect: contrast, blacks, angle of view, pixel response, color, size, clarity, etc....
The GX2's were designed with gaming, video and high-quality graphics in mind, and are a little more expensive than most LCD monitors. And there are other mfrs that offer similar glossy screens (eg Sony and HP), so you may be able to find something relatively comparable for less elsewhere. (Staples has a 20" glossy Acer AL2051W LCD with fewer features for less than the NEC. Don't know if that's a good brand though.) Many laptops sport glossy screens as well. Why they're popular on laptops but not desktops is a mystery to me.
The NEC 20WMGX2 has a variety of video inputs (no HDMI), a tuner (NTSC only I believe), remote, and a number of USB connectors, so that's probably also inflating it's price compared to some others. DVDs and other imagery looked superb via both VGA and DVI at the panel's native rez of 1680x1050 from my PC. I tried an HDMI DVD player connected via DVI as well. 480p and 720p looked pretty good, though there was some tearing visible especially when switching between the VGA and DVI inputs. 1080i exhibited pretty unpleasant flicker. (It's possible the display was configured wrong for 1080i, but I sort of doubt it.) Didn't get a chance to try the component or other video inputs. There was also a small light leak along the bottom edge on the unit I tested.
1600:1 is the rating for dynamic contrast
(which can be turned off) on the 20WMGX2 btw. It's static contrast ratio is 700:1 like the 90GX2.
The picture on the NEC looked fantastic from a PC, but if anyone has other widescreen glossy recommendations (the larger the better), I'm open to suggestions. I'm also looking for displays (big or small) with an aspect ratio wider than 16:9. Something on the order of 2.35AR. I think Dell makes (or made) one, but can't find any info on their site or elsewhere.