In short I'm looking for a couple of good 19" flat panel monitors to replace my aging 17" CRT monitors. My budget is about $300 each, but no more than $350, and obviously less if possible. I would mainly use them for static applications (i.e. music software, web browsing, website editing). I don't really play games or watch movies too often on the PC, though I don't want to box myself out of the option either if that makes sense.
That in mind, how much should I care about things like response time or VGA vs. DVI and the other factors? I was looking at the Dell 19" for example, but then I read it was VGA and had a 20ms response time which seems kinda slow in these days of DVI monitors w. 8ms and less. I know what the specs mean, just not sure how much I should be concerned with them given that it seems I don't have a high demand for "moving" images. The only other factor is that I do computer support by day, so I will spend a LOT of time in front of them.
For your uses, the high speed doesn't do anything for you, but clarity and configurability are the best.
So, response time is a non-issue with you. VGA/DVI - get dvi if you can, because vga goes thru 2 extra conversions to/from digital/analog and that can induce a little noise in the image. But not enough to be noticeable generally, so its a very small issue.
I would get the one that has the best controls and adjustments, with the best view by your eyes.
Yeah, just hard to "view" them when all I've got around me is your typical Best Buy, Circuit City, etc, and I'm not paying an extra $100 for anything. You'd think Manhattan would have more computer stores for some reason, but . . .
So, anything you recommend? Either for or against?