LCDs For Less

LCD screens are getting bigger and cheaper and they're hot sellers these days.

More than half of all monitors sold last year were lCD screens.
Consumer Reports tested them to find the best.

Consumer Reports evaluated 18 LCD monitors. Testers found they're improving by leaps and bounds.

Flat LCD monitors offer obvious advantages. They take up less desk space and weigh only about 15 pounds.

You used to have to pay at least $450 for a 17 inch LCD monitor. But not anymore.

Prices have gone down. We've seen them as low as $250 for a 17 inch monitor.

More and more have wide screen displays. These let you view as many as four applications at once.

Testers are also seeing more monitors with stands that you can lower and raise.

The height adjustable feature on the monitor makes it easy for the shortest to the tallest person at home to adjust it for themselves.

To minimize the glare, Consumer Reports says a screen that tilts is helpful. Test patterns like are used to assess the clarity and contrast of each monitor. Photographs are used to assess color.

When all the results were tallied, Consumer Reports named the Dell Ultra Sharp Model 1704 f-p-v a best buy.

It has a 17 inch screen and goes for $350.

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