Our mantra has always been to spend a disproportionate amount of your budget on interface and input devices, simply because it is those you interact with on a second-by-second basis.
The current state of play, with respect to pricing, is that 22in models, sporting a 1,680x1,050 resolution, ship at around £140 from the bigger-name manufacturers. Jump up to 24in, almost exclusively equipped with 1,920x1,200-resolution panels, and the pricing, with the odd exception, begins at £220. The niche market populated by a handful of 30in screens (2,560x1,600px) keeps it expensive, with current-generation models listed for around £1,000.
A 24in display offers a good compromise between screen size and pixel pitch, and it's also large enough to function as a secondary display device for, say, playing movies in the bedroom.
LG's sole UK representative in this nascent class is the W2452T, so let's trot out the vital specs.
|Monitor||LG FLATRON W2452T|
|Pixel Array||1,920x1,200, WUXGA, RGB subpixels|
|Panel type||TN+ Film|
|Display Size||24-inch diagonal|
|Luminance||400cd/m² typical max
|Viewing angles||±85° horizontal
|Display colours||16.7-million (8bpc)|
|Inputs||DVI-D with HDCP support
|Power consumption||80W peak|
|Pixel pesponse||5ms grey-to-grey|
|Dimensions (with base attached (WxHxD)||573.6mm x 405.5mm x 242.6mm|
|VESA mountable||Yes (100mm)|
|Colours available||Black, silver|
|Warranty||Two years, handled by etailer in first and by LG in the second|
|Price||£255, including VAT|