-size: 24" is the sweet spot, any more is usually too expensive. I would settle for as low as ~21"
-resolution: FULL HD IS A MUST! 1920x1200 is preferred (I'm hooking up my laptop which is 1920x1200), but I would settle for 1920x1080 (they seem to be cheaper and more abundant).
-price: preferably under $200, but absolutely no more $300.
-vesa mounts are a must (the Samsung Syncmaster T240HD looked sooo good!)
-high contrast ratio would be nice
-WIDE viewing angle (my laptop's is terrible)
-HDMI IS A MUST! (i will be hooking up a my PS3 as well)
I think that's everything...sorry for being so picky. I guess I just know what I want. I tend to look at the numbers (contrast ratio, viewing angle, etc) to determine how good monitor is. I know that it's a bad way to do it, so I'm reaching out to the awesome people @ Tom's Hardware.
Besides the the resolution and HDMI port, price is probably my main concern.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!
Not sure how much "wide angle" you want, but monitors using TN panels such as the Asus are limited to "160/170 degrees". If you truly want a monitor with "178/178 degrees", then you'll need to dish out around $600+ for monitors using better panel techs.
The 28" Hanns·G HH-281HPB sounds like a great deal but in actuality Hanns·G generally has a shotty reputation.
The 22" LG W2286L does seem to be a decent monitor, but it's resolution is 1680 x 1050 and costs more (with shipping) than the 24" Asus VW246H (1920 x 1080) which I recommended. LED backlight is the current trend so if you really want a thin monitor with lower resolution at a higher price then go for it.
Oops. I didn't notice that I pasted the Hanns-G twice, or that the LG was only 1680x1050.
LED backlighting isn't a priority for me, extra thinness is something I could care less about.
I knew that Asus made awesome motherboards, I didn't know what their other endeavors looked like (quality-wise). I saw this Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... What do think? I just like the extra HDMI port (2 total) so I can plug in my laptop and PS3 at the same time. Would you say any Asus monitor is a safe bet?