Viewsonic’s ability to put out an inexpensive quality product has revolutionized the computer monitor industry. The bestselling LED monitor of the year is the Viewsonic VX240WM-LEDwhich is one of the only LED computer monitors available that is priced as low as similarly sized standard LCD technology. With the VX2450WM-LED you also save up to 50% more energy when compared to typical fluorescent backlit LCD monitors.Brilliant Picture
With full high definition 1920×1080 resolution, 5 ms response time, and 20,000,000:1 MEGA Contrast Ratio you get pictures and video that are vibrant in color, detailed, and smooth.
Viewsonic makes some of the most durable monitors in the industry and backs them up with one of the best warranties too. Viewsonix’s VXWM-LED series comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty which is backed by Viewsonic’s industry leading Pixel performance guarantee.
Additional Details: Built-in 2 x 2W stereo speakers, tilt adjustable, VESA mount compliant 100mm x 100mm, D-Sub, DVI connectors, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and weighs 9.9 pounds.
Additional Sizes: Too big? Check out the Viewsonic VX2250WM-LED 22 inch LED Monitor.
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Acer S201HL bd 20-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Monitor
The Acer S201HL is an incredible value buy for under $100. It’s ultra-slim design makes it easy to fit anywhere and it’s great for movies with a Acer Contrast Ratio of 12,000,000:1, 5ms response time, and 1600 x 900 resolution.
Technical Details include 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.276mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2 brightness, D-Sub, DVI connectors, tilt adjustable, VESA Wall Mounting: 100x100mm, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Acer.
Acer S201HL bd LED Display
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Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor
This next generation monitor from Viewsonic was built with gaming and entertainment enthusiasts in mind. It has a super fast response time (2ms for the 24 inch monitor and 1ms for the 27 inch) and gives you detailed pictures with full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution and a dynamic contrast ratio of DC 30,000,000:1. Another unique feature to the Viewsonic VXMH-LED series is the bookstand option which allows you to take off the monitor stand and lay back the bookstand in the back.
This is perfect for those looking to place their monitor at eye level. It also comes in handy when you’d like to take your monitor with you to a LAN party or meeting. In order to give it this flexibility Viewsonic designed it ultra-thin and also took some of the weight away as well (only 9 pounds).
For those of you looking for an inexpensive Apple/Mac compatible option, the VX2453MH-LED will work with your MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, or other Mac products.
It’s not 7.1 surround sound but having 2W x 2 built-in speakers does allow you to have stereo sound without having to use extra space for external speakers or wires.
The VX2453MH-LED comes with a VGA and 2 HDMI connectors for diverse connectivity. If you need a DVI connector be sure to purchase a HDMI to DVI cable with your monitor.
Additional Details: Tilt adjustable Down 5°, Up 20°, anti-glare panel, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 250 cd/m2 brightness, ultra-thin design, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty with Viewsonic’s Pixel Performance Guarantee.
Too big or Too small? Check out Viewsonic’s other sizes the VX 2753MH-LED and the VX 2253MH-LED.
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Samsung PX2370 23-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with LED Backlight
It’s not the cheapest monitor available but it is one of the best. The pX2370 combines a super thin design (16.5mm thin) with unmatched color and detail. This monitor also is perfect for watching movies or gaming because of its quick response time of 2ms, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.
What one verified owner had to say:
“There are several things that make this monitor stand out from the crowd, but to me the most important of all is how easy it is on my eyes. I am very sensitive to refresh rate and flicker and such, and I often get headaches and eye strain from being on the computer. That’s tough, because I’m on it all day long, 7 days a week. My job is online plus I’m also an avid gamer and I do a lot of photo and video editing. Refresh rate (not response time) was one of the key specs I was looking for because my eyes normally hurt like heck if the refresh rate isn’t at least 85. And yes, this is true on LCD’s, too, not just the old CRT technology. Anyway, this monitor only lists a 60 hz refresh rate, which I have always found to be too low. That’s why I thought it would not work for me. Well, surprise, surprise, it actually was easier on my eyes than the others I tested that had higher refresh rates. I don’t know what they did in this technology, but this monitor is by far the best for reducing eye strain that I have ever found. I can stare at it all day without any headaches or eye strain or burning, and for me that says a lot!”
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Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A
The Apple LED Cinema Display holds appeal for graphic designers, photographers, and broadcasters because of its ability to accurately reproduce color. Apple Displays use IPS panels rather than TN or twisted nematic displays. This allows them to reproduce colors much more accurately. This is because TN panels can only produce 6 bits per RGB color (red, green, blue) or 18 bits – while IPS panels can produce up to 8 bits per color or full 24 bit color (16.7 million colors). Newer monitors have also gone above this to produce 10 bits per color for up to 1.07 billion colors. With the LED Cinema Display’s 2560-by-1440 resolution you also get nearly twice the pixels to work with that you’d get with a 20 or 21 inch PC monitor. Other key features to the Apple LED Cinema Display include a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system.
Cons: Although this monitor is ideal for those looking for a mid-range color critical monitor, the Apple LED Cinema Display is not ideal for movie watching or gaming because of it’s slow response time.
Apple Thunderbolt Display– Right now you can pre-order the next generation Apple Display the Apple Thunderbolt which features the all new Thunderbolt and MagSafe All-in-One Cable Connectors which give you up to 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions.
Acer S231HL bid 23-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Computer Monitor
ASUS VH198T 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor
HP 2511x 25-Inch LED Monitor – Black
See more sizes for the HP11x series here.
ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor
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