Deal of the week: Affordable wide-screen LCDs

We keep hearing about the increasing popularity and sinking prices of wide-screen LCD monitors, so we've decided to pick a pair of them for our deal post this week. The first is Dell's UltraSharp E207WFP monitor, the cheaper cousin of the famous 2007WFP that launched last fall. Originally priced at $289, the display can now be nabbed from Dell's online store for a scant $219. This model features a 20.1" panel with a 1680x1050 resolution, and it's rated for 800:1 contrast, 300cd/m² brightness, and a response time of just 5ms.

Our second deal today is Samsung's 941BW. This is a 19" model that's a little cheaper than the aforementioned Dell, should you not have the inclination (or enough spare cash) to pay over $200 for a new display. The 941BW normally costs $209.99, but Newegg is running an instant rebate deal that brings its price down to $189.99. If you're cool with mail-in rebates, Newegg also offers a $20 rebate that can bring the monitor's price further down to a cool $169.99. The 941BW has a resolution of 1440x900 and it's rated for 500:1 contrast, 300cd/m² brightness, and a response time of 4ms. As a reminder, displays in this price range typically have 6-bit panels, which aren't up to the color reproduction standards of the 8-bit panels featured in pricier models like Dell's UltraSharp 2007WFP.

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