True 1080P HD LCD Monitor Comparison There’s just nothing like some deep-fried, home-baked HD LCD technology to get your techbuds salivating. 2008 has been the year of Ima-gonna-make-a-better-monitor-than-you and with the prices you’ll see below, you’ll wonder why you spent a cool ‘K’ on one of those ordinary old non-HD monitors.

Here we’ll break it down, show ya the main specs your interested in to make that critical decision of moving to a higher contrast HD monitor and throwing that blurry ol’ low res CRT to the nearest secretary. Head’s up!


What are you looking for?
Something CHEAP. That’s usually the answer, especially with these tumultuous times when everyone is still going out to see movies, buy electronics and renovate their houses. It’s so hard these days! If it’s not under a grand, computer accessories just seem way too over-priced.

Well, none of these monitors are over a grand. In fact, some are much, MUCH lower. Lets take a look starting with the lowest priced.

Dell HD 24" WideScreen Flat Panel

This is Dell’s new 24" HD Monitor with all the style and ports you need for coming in cheap with HD. It’s basic though as there are no built in speakers or ports on this cheapo.

new dell 24

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $349.00
Link: Dell USA

Samsung Touch of Color 24" HD Widescreen

The new Samsung line, Touch of Color , is also bringing some style with a splash of red on that monitor. It’s loaded with 2 HDMI ports, multiple other digital inputs and integrated Dolby Digital speakers. The Samsung also hooks up to HD devices like Cable box, Blue-Ray player or an X-box.
Samsung Touch of Color 24

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $449.99 (on Amazon )
Link: Samsung USA

Gateway 24" HD Widescreen

Gateway. Yeah, they’re still churning out… computer stuff. This monitor isn’t lacking though. It’s also got a slew of digital inputs, integrated speakers and comes Energy Star certified. This monitor also allow you to rotate to a vertical position. Pretty Rockin’ Gateway.
Gateway 24

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Image Brightness: 400 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $470.00 ($389.00 on Amazon )
Link: Gateway Computers

Dell HD UltraSharp 24" WideScreen Flat Panel

This is Dell’s other 24 incher. However, this one’s a bit beefier. You get all the HD inputs, 5 USB ports and a Media Card reader. You also get the tilt/rotate, Energy Star Certification and it’s made from recycled material.
dell 1080p hd ultrasharp monitor

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
Image Brightness: 400 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $619.00
Link: Dell USA

ASUS

Just this week, Asus released two new 25.5" screens sporting full HD 1080P visual brilliance. They both have the HD inputs, integrated stereo speakers and Energy Star Certification, but the VK266H comes integrated with a webcam.
asus 26

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P
Contrast Ratio: 20,000:1 (Smart Contrast Ratio)
Image Brightness: 300 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $??? (unavailable – will update)
Link: Asus 26" LCD Monitors

Mac HD LED Backlite Cinema Display

Yeah, we’re even going Apple here. The new Mac 24″ LCD Monitor will be available shortly. Not only is it one of the first backlite displays, it’s construction is very recyclable, touts EnergyStar certification, integrated speakers, a mic and webcam (iSight). Connect up to view and charge your Macbook as well.
apple mac 24

Max Screen Resolution: 1920×1200 Full HD 1080P (LED backlite)
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
Image Brightness: 400 cd/m² (Typical)
Price: $899.00
Link: Apple

The SolidSmack Pick?

For these six HD LCD’s, we’re going with the Dell Ultrasharp 24" Monitor (619.00). It’s got the contrast and the sharpness of the Mac, but is nearly $300 less. You also have the option of rotating it 90 degrees to get that hot vertical viewing experience. I just wish it came with the integrated webcam. Hard choice for you? It’s obvious from just these few, the prices are getting lower and the features are getting better. Using two monitors is almost feasible again. What’s your favorite?

Author

Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.