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Location: Lansdale, PA
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The type of LCD panel is extremely important. If you want color fidelity and don't really value ridiculous speed, then some variant of an IPS panel is probably for you. They are more expensive, but they look a lot better than the standard cheapy TN panel for a variety of reasons.
First, TN panels can only reproduce 6 bits of color. They have to dither to approximate the remaining color depth, so their fidelity to color is lacking. IPS panels reproduce the full color depth.
Second, TN panels have bad off-axis viewing characteristics. I have a 24" Samsung TN panel, and the off-axis viewing is so bad that the apparent color shifts across the monitor at a normal viewing distance. IPS panels maintain color fidelity and brightness over a much wider viewing angle.
I recently picked up an IPS panel for a client, and I can say with certainty that they are far more beautiful to look at than a TN panel. Look to spend about $600 on a halfway decent 24" IPS panel (like an HP LP2475w).
BTW: that HP comes with just about every cable and input method imaginable, from DisplayPort to HDMI to DVI to SVGA... and it gets rave reviews..