The Samsung B2330HD is the latest in an increasing market of TV/monitor combosm, aiming to combine the televisual excellence of the LCD TV with the convenience and clarity of a PC monitor.
When it comes to sheer visual drama, there's no substitute for square inches – you need a really large display such as the Iiyama E2710HDS. What you do not need, however, is a banker's bonus to afford one. 27 inches of flat panel is now available for under £250.
Got a desktop-replacement laptop and fancy adding a second display in dual-monitor mode? Then the Samsung LD220Z Lapfit Touch is quite literally for you. It's a 22-inch Full HD screen specifically designed to work well with portable PCs. That's not all. As the name suggests, this monitor also has full multi-touch functionality. In fact, it doesn't even need special drivers. Simply connect via USB to any Windows 7 PC and the touch capabilities are enabled.
PC monitor and HDTV technology have been converging in recent years. The new Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD takes that trend to its logic conclusion. Superficially, it's a pretty ordinary 24-inch PC monitor, albeit a snazzy-looking example with an LED backlight. But it also packs a digital TV tuner and IR remote.
Whether it's gaming or movies, it seems the whole world is going mad for stereoscopic 3D. With that in mind, the 3D-capable Acer GD245HQ is probably the monitor of the moment.
Spare a thought for the BenQ V2410T. Until recently, it was an extremely attractive 24-inch monitor. Not only does it sport a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixel grid, but also packs an LED backlight and a fully adjustable stand. Not bad for around £160. Problem is, BenQ has only gone and launched the even more desirable EW2420, taking the 24-inch plus LED recipe and adding glorious VA panel technology to the mix. Incredibly, the new EW2420 actually sells for a bit less than the V2410T.
At nearly £400, the new 27-inch Acer S273HL looks rather lonely. It's much more expensive than budget-oriented 27-inch monitors such as Iiyama's E2710HDS. And yet it's significantly cheaper than Dell's high-end U2711 uber panel.
In the battle of the big, budget-priced screens there can be only one. One winner, that is. But will it be this 28-inch Hanns.G HZ281 monitor or its nemesis, the 27-inch Iiyama E2710HDS?
This is it, folks. The holy grail of LCD monitors. The Jesus H Christ of flat panels. A truly affordable large display powered by something other than a TN panel, in other words. We give you the new BenQ EW2420 24-incher, yours for a whisker over £150 and sporting a VA panel. Cue much rejoicing.