Well, I was gonna recommend the Benq 241w over at Newegg, but there is a serious price spike from yesterday. The price jumped from $730 to $899.
I was looking at that particular model because there have been several reviews stating that it is much better than the Dell 2407WFP. The Benq definitely uses an 8-bit LCD screen, but there is conflicting and insufficient information about wheather the Dell 2407WFP uses a 6-bit or 8-bit LCD.
I'm still mulling over this LCD. Unfortunately, I'm not expecting a tax refund, unlike you.
The only drawback about this monitor is this monitor does not support forced 1:1 aspect ratio for outside video sources. Meaning if you were to plug an XBox or watch a video using S-Video, or component, the image will be stretched to 16:9 ratio instead of 4:3. Of course any video being displayed by the video card itself will be normal.
Benq will be releasing the "Z" model that will have an updated BIOS to correct the lack of 1:1 ratio. If you do not intend to connect an external video source to this monitor then that shouldn't hold you back from buying this monitor.
Unfortunately for me, I'm thinking I may want to hook up an external video source to my next monitor from time to time. Therefore, I'm on the fence at the moment.
The BenQ FP241WZ is now on sale at Amazon.com, but it's priced at over $900. The "Z" version corrects the aspect ratio issue I mentioned in my prior post. Hopefully Newegg will not charge an arm and a leg for it.