Folks, I'm looking for a new PC monitor. Right now, I have a 17" Dell LCD screen. It's fine, but I'm giving away my old PC to my niece, and I don't think it's proper to give it to her without some sort of visual interface, and besides, it's an excuse for me to get a new monitor.
I have 2 8800GTs w/ 500MB VRAM SLIed, and I play anything from RPGs to strategy games to FPSs. I imagine if I had a nice screen, I could also do movie watching and Hulu, but prmarily, it's gonna be for computer stuff.
I'd like something that's 24" or less. I do not sit 18 feet away from the computer, nor am I blind. I've looked at the Samsung T220 and T240, and they look nice and have a crisp picture, but I have no idea if they're any good or not. The picture looks nice, and they tout a gigantor contrast ratio, but something in the black cherry plastic clamshell screams "I'm a chincy POS and I'm going to break in 3 months, you should have learned to run away from shiny hard plastic when you bought that Pontiac Grand Am in 1998".
What are the good models, what are the bad models, what should I be looking out for? Any help would be appreciated, as would any "here be dragons" tales.