My usage for a monitor includes watching movies by DVD (I watch 5 movies a week so its the strongest point), Programming (10 hours a week), Web serfing (20 hours a week) and I don't play many games but I do play FPS once in a while.
I'd be very careful in which one I pick, as many lcd's use 18 bit color dithering to approximate 24 bits in an effort to improve response time. What this amounts to is that in some instances, the colors look absolutely terrible, particularly (in my experience) when watching movies. Often times, dark scenes are rendered horribly as a blue-black mess leaving you with no idea of what is supposed to be displayed.
Screens that use dithering display 16.2 million colors, while true 24 bit screens display 16.7 million colors.
They are out there. I think the Samsung 173 and 193 are, and I know the 213 is, but they are likely out of your price range. I wish I could point you to one, but I'm not familiar enough with non-samsung models. My advice is to take a look at them in stores, find some you like, and research them.
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I haven't paid for it yet, but it'll be just under $800 cdn. I haven't looked at one yet either, but it's easily returnable if I'm not happy, and considering that the local overpriced 20" 1680x1050 apple cinema displays are going for $1799 I figure this was worth it
I'm relying on some people I know from other forums who have gotten the monitor and say it's awesome.