about 8 years ago I picked up this monitor:
the Dell 2405FPWhttp://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2405fpw/en/about.htm#Specifioications
It is an amazing monitor, and still working fine after all this time. 1920x1200 native resolution was incredible back then. At one time i had my ps3, 2 computers, TV signal and a wii going to the 5 different available 'channels' (I used my computers sound card to provide sound jacks for these since it didnt have speakers) Soon after i got it, Dell stepped down the features on its 24" monitors, removing the composite, component, card readers, multiple channels, and started selling a very basic model with a hdmi and dvi with a lower native resolution. I snubbed my nose at these knockoffs for a long time, but ive been pondering moving to a 27", and while its doing great now, 8 years is a fairly long time for a monitor, and I fear the day i turn it on and it doesnt respond.
I know dell has a few different 27" monitors but im not up to date on what i should be expecting. 2560 x 1440 ,one of the models says this is its native resolution, but what is the 'baseline standard' that i should be comparing other 27" monitors to?
I've seen some of dell and samsungs more recent monitors in stores and they have a very glossy front, which i find annoying as it seems like it would have serious glare problems. The one mentioned above never did, is the glossy front more of an LED thing (instead of LCD) ?
Whats the difference between these two monitors (Besides 300 bucks):http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=soho&cs=ussoho1&sku=225-4015&~ck=dellSearch&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=1http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=soho&cs=ussoho1&sku=225-4148&~ck=dellSearch&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=2
The tech specs seem identical except for a few additional connection options in the back...is that all thats different?
Who's currently at the top of the quality heap for monitors? I see alot of samsung in stores along side dells and its really hit or miss for me which one looks better. I really wish places like best buy would display something in high def instead of a crappy low def tv show to really show quality.
Any other brands and models i should be looking closely at?
Thanks for the input.