My LCD died two weeks ago, so I rushed out to Best Buy and grabbed the cheapest 19-inch model on the shelf, which turned out to be the $179 eMachines E19T6W. Had Dell released the Dell S1909WX in mid-September instead of today, I may have spent an extra $20 for it with its higher contrast ratio and arguably better styling.
Like my new eMachines purchase, the 19-inch Dell S1909WX is a wide-screen display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1440x900-pixel native resolution, 5ms pixel response time, and 300-nit brightness. It trumps the eMachines LCD's 700:1 contrast ratio, however, delivering a 1,000:1 ratio. Like nearly any recent 19-inch display, it provides an HDCP-compliant DVI port and an analog VGA port.
Dell also released the 17-inch Dell S1709W today, which provides the same native resolution, a 8ms response time, a 600:1 contrast ration, and 250-nit brightness, and only a VGA port for $179.
Both new Dell displays don't have Webcams, an increasingly common feature on LCD monitors. I've liked the look of HP's LCDs of late, like last year's HP W2007, so I'm pleased to see Dell borrow design elements--black bezel and rounded corners--of its chief competitor.