Deal of the week: A 1080p monitor for $150 shipped

— 5:24 PM on May 15, 2009

Many of our deal posts feature graphics cards, but what good is a shiny new GPU if you're stuck with an old 17" LCD—or, worse, a cheap 17" CRT—that forces you to play at low resolutions? Although nice flat-panel displays with IPS panels often cost upward of $500, you don't have to max out your credit card to get something a little less fancy but with about as many pixels.

Case in point: Acer's X213Hbid, a 21.5" monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution (a.k.a. 1080p) and a choice of VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs. As part of a weekend special, Newegg currently offers this monitor for an eye-popping $149.99 with free shipping—a $40 discount from the quoted "original price."

This display also has a 5ms response time and 300 cd/m² luminosity, and the price tag alone suggests it includes a TN panel. That should mean relatively average color reproduction and less-than-stellar viewing angles, even though Newegg does quote 176° horizontal and vertical viewing angles (that may be an error). Regardless, if you're more interested in gaming than using Photoshop all day, this could be a fine upgrade from a smaller monitor.

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