Monitor Upgrade Time – Widescreen LCD?

I’m probably one of the last investors to still be using a CRT monitor. I’ve seen some traders set up with 3 or more LCD monitors at their workstations. My old 21 inch CRT is finally starting to show it’s age. It is flickering a bit now and adding to my eye strain. In addition, this old beast takes up a lot of real estate on my desk.

ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - BlackI began browsing monitor options this morning. I started out thinking I’d buy a 21 inch LCD monitor to replace my old ViewSonic. However, I soon discovered that it looks like all the popular new monitors are high definition widescreen LCDs. What happened to all the regular 4:3 ratio monitors? Is widescreen the superior choice for online development and stock research?

If widescreen is the superior choice, I think I spotted a pretty good deal today. I’m thinking of going with the ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor. If I actually get the $20 rebate, this highly rated monitor would only come to $179.10 and shipping would be free on Amazon. What are your thoughts on this monitor? Are there better alternatives out there? What are you currently using for your monitor?

3 thoughts on “Monitor Upgrade Time – Widescreen LCD?

  • March 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    This monitor gets good reviews from PC mag.

    I currently use a samsung 240hd. It’s fine, but this thing does not wake up from sleep properly when plugged in with the dvi cable. Sometimes it’s fine, but most of the time it’s really annoying.

  • April 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the feedback on the monitor, JMH. I decided to go ahead and purchase the Asus pictured above.

  • April 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Get two monitors. With a video card that has both SVGA and DVI connections it’s a snap to set up. Being able to cut and paste from one doc to another with ease, and having the capacity to monitor the market at the same time you read a document are only 2 reasons to get two…. and monitors are dirt cheap compared to where they were.

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