Well, I finally did it. After all the discussion in this thread
about a $500 monitor, I increased the budget by $150 to nab the Ben Q FP241W w/ updated firmware (which corrects 1:1 scaling issue). $40 for shipping and $30 for ncix's 30-day Zero Dead Pixel policy.
I think it is slightly
superior to the Dell 2407FWP-HC in a few aspects, but both are probably excellent panels.
Here's my summary about 24" monitor hunting (thanks to all the help in the other thread
), for what its worth:
1) Ben Q FP241w 24" (Samsung S-PVA) has a latest revision available from http://www.ncixus.com
for $580 + shipping that does 1:1 scaling properly.
2) Dell 2407FWP-HC (Samsung S-PVA) has issues with 1080i and a few other minor things that the Ben Q FP241w excels at. The Ben Q is less expensive.
3) If you are going to drop to a TN panel, it looks like the Gateway FHD2400 is an excellent monitor (provided you are OK with glossy screen).
4) If viewing angle is paramount, you must go S-PVA or S-IPS and not TN.
5) Doublesight (as I mentioned above) has a middle ground monitor. They are currently the only company making an S-PVA 24" monitor (using the same panel as the Ben Q FP241w and Dell 2407WFP-HC). It is several hundred dollars cheaper but they have a few cons: No extra connectors for composite/hdmi/etc. Weaker dead pixel policy.
6) If you're not getting a TN panel, the FP241w is the best monitor available in the 24" range (<$700).
7) All of this advice is only relevant if you are shopping at the 24" range. Once there, the big choice is TN or S-PVA. After that, you have to decide whether you can trust Doublesight or need the addt'l connectors. (<$700)
8) Dell delivery dates are 3-5 weeks (word of mouth) so getting a new 2407FWP in time for Christmas did not seem likely.
9) I do graphic design. TN panels are 6-bit, which show 262K colors, while the 8-bit S-PVA and S-IPS panels show 16Million+. This is significant, since I am not interested in having a dithered image to work with.
10) If you're concerned about invert-ghosting (google or youtube for it), the faster response TN panels may be your only option. I would take the videos with a grain of salt, however, since it seems people tend to find the absolute worst-case color contrast and mouse movement speed to replicate the issue.
In the end, I really wanted the viewing angle improvements afforded by the S-PVA and couldn't trust Doublesight (sorry to the folks over at DS, they may make excellent monitors) sight-unseen. I decided having a full-blown HDTV monitor was the way to go (composite, s-video, component, dvi, etc.).
My review is pending for anyone interested. Probably will come after the holidays though.