While Apple releasing their new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, there are now a few contenders for best monitors for the buck. You can easily spend a few thousand dollars on a few computer monitors, but ultimately, most people just need one or two to get the job done. Here are a few of our faves.
1. 27-inch LED Apple Cinema Display
Apple just released this monitor and if you have the cash, you can get it in 5-7 business days with free shipping. It's one of the biggest LED LCD monitors that's currently available. There are plans by other manufacturers to make something to compete, but for now, Apple remains king of the hill. It comes with a universal MagSafe connector that charges your notebook while it's connected, three USB ports, a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system. All this for $999.
2. Dell Ultrasharp U3011 30-Inch and 27-Inch Monitors
Almost the same week that Apple released their new monitor, Dell released their new Ultrasharp monitors. The big thing about them is that they have a 30-inch monitor available. What Apple lacks, Dell makes up for with the following ports: 2 HDMI, 2 DVI, 1 DP, 4 USB, as well as a 7-in-1 media card reader. We'd expect nothing less for $1,499/$1,099.
3. 24-inch LED Apple Cinema Display Even though a new version has just been released, this means that the 24-inch monitor is still a good deal to buy. Originally, it was priced at $799.
4. Viewsonic VX2739 27-Inch Monitor
Although this isn't an LED monitor, it's still the biggest that you can get from Viewsonic. Contrary to the Dell,Viewsonic's monitor boasts a 1ms super fast response time. It's got less ports as well, but it's still good for a computer monitor. You'll get an HDMI, DVI, VGA inputs and 4-port USB hub. It's comparable to the monitors available from HP and Acer. You can find this 27-inch monitor for $349.
5. Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED 24-Inch Monitor
This new Viewsonic monitor is an LED display, but it's got less ports available. However, it's ideally suited for a multi-monitor setup. It's definitely the cheapest of the bunch, at $229, but this means that you can get LED goodness for cheap. Naturally, this implies that if you want to build yourself a multi-monitor setup, you won't break the bank. You can get 4 of these monitors for the price of one 27-inch LED Apple Cinema Display.
[Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display photos by Gregory Han]