For a while now, I’ve been thinking about getting a flat-panel monitor for my computer. I’ve noticed that there’s quite a range in price, and some of the brands (like Mag) seem suspiciously cheap, while others (like NG) seem rather expensive. I’d like to know what people’s experiences are, good and bad, with the various brands of LCD monitors. I want a good quality monitor, and I’m willing to pay for it, but my budget is not unlimited. Any brands that are top-notch? Any that I should run away from screaming?
A few specific issues: How big of a problem is faulty pixels? The guy at the computer store mentioned some sort of extra warranty I could buy in case I get one. Is this sort of insurance worth it? Also, I’ve heard that some LCD monitors have problems with fast-moving graphics (like some games). Should a new monitor be OK with this, or is it still a concern?
BTW, I’m thinking that a 19" monitor is the size I want. My video card is a Radeon 9800, and it can accept that new style of plug that flat panel monitors use, so hopefully I’m OK with my video card.