I'm considering NEC MultiSync FP950. From the bare specs, it seems to compare favorably to many other 19" flat monitors. When compared to Mitsubishi 900u, it has a higher refresh rate: 136 Hz at 1024x768 (versus 900u's 117 Hz) and 102 Hz at 1280x1024 (versus 900u's 88 Hz).
But there is more to a monitor than refresh rates. I wonder if FP950 is a good choice. Speak now, or forever hold your silence.
Best Buy Samsung SyncMaster 950p
800/726-7864 www.samsungmonitor.com $309 text=Very good/graphics=Very good FEATURES: 17.9-inch viewable area, .26mm dot pitch tube, up to 119-Hz refresh rate,1 Plug and Play ready,2 TCO'99 compliant, three-year warranty, 24-hour toll-free support.
SUMMARY: Superb image quality for a reasonable price, plus easy-to-use on-screen controls. Dials on the front bezel allow you to adjust brightness and contrast. Bulky size may not suit cramped spaces.
NEC MultiSync FE950+
888/632-6487 www.necmitsubishi.com $449 text=Good/graphics=Very good FEATURES: 18-inch viewable area, .25mm-.27mm varying stripe pitch,3 up to 116-Hz refresh rate,1 Plug and Play ready,2 TCO'99 compliant, three-year warranty, 24-hour toll-free support. SUMMARY: Luscious colors on Web pages and in photos make this model suitable for graphics pros. Text quality disappoints slightly--letters appear less dense than they do on some other models
Review by PCWorld, hope this helps
Thanks. But I was talking about NEC FP950, not FE950+. The FP series is better than the FE and FE+ series. For example, FP950 has much higher refresh rates at the same resolutions than Samsung.
Besides, I found a place where FP950 could be had for $325 ($295 after $30 rebate).
Could you let me know how the NEC FP950 turns out, if you get it? Check out my recent post about the NEC FP955 19". I had some problems with it, and am going to return it unfortunately. I really did like it, because it had good text and color, but I can't stand that vertical bar problem it has. Possibly because of not enough bandwidth.
Got it. Good monitor, I'm not complaining. I've got none of the problems you're describing. But keep in mind that some manufacturing work is done by hand. Therefore, it is natural to expect strong variations between the individual monitors of the same brand.