What's the real deal? Any one of these 50 sub-$400 displays

What's the real deal? Any one of these 50 sub-$400 displays





























































































































































































































































































Mitsubishi Electronics
America Inc.
Cypress, Calif.
714-220-2500
www.mitsubishi-
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VendorProductViewable
screen size
in inches
Dot pitch
in millimeters
Maximum
resolution
in pixels
Vertical
refresh rate
in hertz
CRT typePrice
Acer America Corp.
San Jose, Calif.
408-432-6200
www.acer.com
77e15.90.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$195
ADI Systems Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
408-944-0100
www.adiusa.com
5P+160.261,280 by 1,02450 to 160Shadow mask$256
5GT160.251,600 by 1,20050 to 160Shadow mask$325
Amptron International Inc.
City of Industry, Calif.
626-912-5789
www.amptron.com
CS1715.80.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$199
GS17160.261,600 by 1,20050 to 130Shadow mask$234
AOC International Ltd.
Milpitas, Calif.
408-956-1070
www.aocltd.com
7GIrA160.261,600 by 1,20050 to 130 Shadow mask$222
Artmedia Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
408-980-8988
www.artmedia.com
A-701T15.80.251,280 by 1,06450 to 120Aperture grille$292
A720T160.251,600 by 1,20050 to 150Aperture grille$343
Compaq Computer Corp.
Houston
281-514-0484
S70015.70.241,024 by 76850 to 150Aperture grille$329
Comtrade
City of Industry, Calif.
626-961-6688
www.comtrade.com
L77016.10.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$195
Cornerstone Peripherals
Technology Inc.
Fremont, Calif.
510-580-8900
www.bigmonitors.com
c700160.221,280 by 1,02450 to 150Shadow mask$395
CTX International Inc.
City of Industry, Calif.
626-839-0500
www.ctxintl.com
VL700S15.90.271,280 by 1,02450 to 160Shadow mask$229
VL71015.70.261,600 by 1,20050 to 160Shadow mask$257
CyberVision
Walnut, Calif.
888-572-9237
www.cybervisiondisplays
.com
C7215.60.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$249
Digital Concepts
Chino Hills, Calif.
909-606-0817
www.digiconcepts.com
HR70160.271,280 by 1,02447 to 104Shadow mask$199
HR77160.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Aperture grille$265
Hansol Multitech Inc.
La Palma, Calif.
714-562-5151
www.hansol-us.com
701P15.70.261,600 by 1,20050 to 120Shadow mask$266
Hewlett-Packard Co.
Palo Alto, Calif.
650-857-1501
www.hp.com
M700160.261,600 by 1,20069 to 160Shadow mask$393
Hitachi America Ltd.
Brisbane, Calif.
650-589-8300
www.hitachidisplays.com
Elite 64015.90.221,024 by 76850 to 130Shadow mask$234
IBM Corp.
Armonk, N.Y.
914-765-1900
www.ibm.com
G7415.90.261,024 by 76845 to 150Shadow mask$365
Iiyama North
America Inc.
Costa Mesa, Calif.
714-437-5111
www.iiyama.com
Vision
Master
400
15.70.261,600 by 1,20050 to 160 Shadow mask$349
KDS USA Inc.
Garden Grove, Calif.
714-379-5599
www.kdsusa.com
AV7T15.80.251,280 by 1,02440 to 120Aperture grille$249
AV9T15.80.251,600 by 1,20040 to 120Aperture grille$279
Komodo USA
City of Industry, Calif.
888-566-6368
www.komodo.com
K73P160.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$240
H75A15.90.251,600 by 1,20050 to 120Shadow mask$249
MAG Innovision Inc.
Irvine, Calif.
949-855-4930
www.maginnovision.com
DJ70016.10.261,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask
DJ70716.10.261,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$276
LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
201-816-2000
www.lgeus.com
78D15.90.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Aperture grille$266
Dplus 70160.251,280 by 1,02450 to 180Aperture grille$320
Dplus 72160.251,600 by 1,20050 to 130Aperture grille$348
NEC Technologies Inc.
Itasca, Ill.
630-775-7900
www.nec.com
MultiSync
E750
160.251,600 by 1,20055 to 160Shadow mask$387
Nokia Display Products Inc.
Sausalito, Calif.
415-331-4244
www.nokia.com
447Z15.70.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$275
447XS15.80.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$340
Panasonic Communications
& Systems Co.
Secaucus, N.J.
201-348-7000
www.panasonic.com
E70i160.271,280 by 1,02450 to 160Shadow mask$255
SL70i160.271,280 by 1,02450 to 180Shadow mask$330
Philips Consumer
Electronics Co.
New York
800-223-1828
www.philips.com
17B2302Q15.70.271,280 by 1,02450 to 150Shadow mask$353
Princeton Graphic Systems
Santa Ana, Calif.
714-751-8405
www.prgr.com
Ultra 75B160.271,280 by 1,02450 to 150Shadow mask$207
Proview Technology Inc.
City of Industry, Calif.
626-581-1007
www.proview.net
Pro-70015.70.261,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$209
Relisys
Milpitas, Calif.
510-413-3000
www.relisys.com
TE786B15.70.261,280 by 1,02450 to 150Shadow mask$231
Samsung Electronics
America Inc.
Ridgefield Park, N.J.
201-229-4000
www.sosimple.com
700b Plus15.70.261,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$286
700p160.261,208 by 1,02450 to 160Shadow mask$369
Sceptre Technologies Inc.
City of Industry, Calif.
626-369-3698
www.sceptretech.com
P7315.90.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$205
D73A16.10.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$289
Sony Electronics Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
408-432-1600
ww.ita.sel.sony
CPD-210GS160.251,280 by 1,02448 to 120Aperture grille$301
CPD-220GS160.251,280 by 1,02448 to 160 Aperture grille$346
Tatung Co. of America Inc.
Long Beach, Calif.
310-637-2105
www.tatung.com
C7BZR-2515.90.251,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$225
TeleVideo Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
408-954-8333
www.televideoinc.com
SuperView
210
15.80.261,280 by 1,02450 to 120Aperture grille$293
ViewMate Corp.
City of Industry, Calif.
877-843-9628
www.viewemate.net
LV77015.80.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$189
ViewSonic Corp.
Walnut, Calif.
909-869-7976
www.viewsonic.com
E771160.271,280 by 1,02450 to 120Shadow mask$217
G773160.261,280 by 1,02450 to 10Shadow mask$277








Tips for buyers


  • In most cases, even a high-resolution 15-inch monitor isn't a bargain.
  • A 17-inch monitor should come with no higher than a 0.27-mm dot pitch, offer a 70-hertz or faster refresh rate and provide a maximum resolution of at least 1,024 by 768 dpi.
  • Shadow mask vs. aperture grille does not mean much in this price range; they will perform about equally.
  • Examine every inch of your new monitor's screen for defects. Return the monitor immediately if you notice any flaws.



  • If you're a Macintosh user, make sure your new monitor offers a Mac-compatible (multiscanning) mode.
  • Short-neck 17-inch and 19-inch monitors take up less desktop space than standard ones but cost a little more.
  • Don't pay more than $399.




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