To be perfectly honest, I've really never liked LCD monitors. For one, they can never (barring some advancement in LCD manufacturing) attain those resolutions held by conventional CRT displays. The pixel latency can be a pain in those cheaper models, especially where it pertains to gaming and fast moving frames. We're all familiar with those ghosting images of blurred movement on cheapo LCDs. And the price can really dent the wallet. So, I'm a bit of a digital dinosaur, opting for a big, fat CRT, and not some discrete and gossamer LCD.
But Dell has just rolled out a new LCD that has me taking a second look. The new Dell E207WFP LCD display is actually pretty nice. To begin, it handles HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) with true TFT (Thin Film Transistor) capabilities. And it's a 20" wide screen, that actually boasts a 20.1" viewable area, is comparable to any CRT. The afore mentioned TFT means the prettiest of pictures, and the 1680 x 1050 resolution absolutely screams crisp images. While a 5 ms (millisecond) response time guarantees no motion blur. This particular model does seem to be a revised incarnation of the older Dell E2007WFP LCD display, but with some difference. Most notably, there is no built in USB hub. Not a big deal, but it does help to keep the price down.
And though I'm not a particular fan of the excessive push towards DRM and content copyright protection, the HDCP-DVI port does future proof us consumers somewhat. Especially when the forced transition to Microsoft Widows Vista comes about. We'll still be able to play all of those Hi-Def movies laced with Digital Rights Management encoding.
And last, but certainly not of the least, the $289 USD price tag can't be beat. So, as I am slowly assembling a couple of new rigs at home, a think a nice big LCD would round off one of those systems nicely. It's defiantly worth some consideration.