I'm looking for a 17" flat panel, primarily for working with spreadsheets, word processing, etc. and browsing the net. No major game playing other than when my nephew plays some kids stuff online (PBSKids, etc.) and other CD based kids games. Nothing that has incredible graphics or anything. I will be doing some camcorder video editing and work with digital photographs.
This appears to be a good deal for $254. Is the contrast ratio of 450:1 good?
From their website:
"The Dell™ E173FP 17" Flat Panel LCD Color Monitor is designed for a wide variety of users ranging from the home to corporate or financial trading environments. It utilizes a 17" Active Matrix TFT LCD that displays brilliant text and graphics with a maximum resolution up to 1280x1024 pixels. This monitor has wide viewing angles, which allow you to view the screen from various positions without compromising image quality. With a contrast ratio of 450:1, it generates sharp, crisp lines and images, while its fast response time provides superior clarity for moving images. Those who require exceptional quality and reliability will appreciate the value that Dell™ E173FP provides.
Diagonal Size: 17"
Display Type: Flat Panel Display/TFT Active Matrix
Features: Anti-glare with hard-coating 3H, Thin bezel design, Small footprint, Lightweight
Image Max H-View Angle: 140° (typical)
Image Max V-View Angle: 120° (typical)
Compliant Standards: VESA®
Connectivity Technology: Cable
Device Type: LCD Monitor
Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight: 14.9" x 5.5" x 15.9" / 11.74 lbs
Dot Pitch: 0.264 mm Pixel Pitch
Image Brightness: 250 cd/m2 (typical)
Image Contrast Ratio: 450:1
Max Operating Temperature: 95° F
Max Resolution: 1280x1024 Pixels
Max Sync Rate (V x H): 75 Hz x 80 kHz
Min Operating Temperature: 41° F
Port(s) Total ( Free ) / Connector Type: 1 x 15-Pin D-Sub
Power: 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz"