Deal of the week: A 23'' IPS monitor for $310 and a cheap mechanical keyboard


— 5:10 PM on April 16, 2010

Of the few types of LCD panels dominating the industry right now, IPS happens to be the highest-quality one. As you'd expect, though, good IPS panels don't come cheap. Well, not usually. But here's the thing: Newegg currently has an IPS-based 23" NEC display on sale for $309.99 before shipping.

This monitor's IPS panel has a 1920x1080 resolution, 178° viewing angles, 270 cd/m² luminosity, a 1000:1 contrast ratio (or 3000:1 dynamic), and a 14-ms white-to-black response time. Connectivity includes DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort—so folks with Eyefinity-capable Radeons could even build a totally sweet three-monitor setup out of these. There are built-in speakers, as well, if you like that sort of thing on a monitor.

Generally speaking, displays in this price range tend to have either TN or PVA panels. TN panels have six instead of eight bits of color definition per channel, so their color reproduction isn't stellar, and they often have awful viewing angles, too. PVA panels are better, but IPS ones generally have the best color reproduction and consistency at different viewing angles. Considering 24" IPS monitors like Dell's U2410 usually sell in the $400-500 range (if not above that), $309.99 for a 23" model is a steal.

Otherwise, Newegg is running a sale on ABS' M1 mechanical keyboard. Normally priced at $49.99, the keyboard now sells for $29.99 shipped, and you can bring that down to just $19.99 by entering the promo code "EMCYRZT43" (without the quotes) on the checkout page. That's a steal for a quality mechanical keyboard. Be sure to check out our review of the M1 for more details. (Thanks to TR forum dweller Kurotetsu for the tip.)

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