Since no one ever responded to this and since I don't have anything better to do this afternoon....
I'm sure there are those who would debate me on this issue, but generally I tend to find that issues such as monitor size, the type of monitor and proper callibration are far greater issues then the actual brand/model of any given monitor.
First and foremost, you could go out and buy the newest, latest/greatest, biggest, most expensive computer monitor ever produced and very simply if it's not properly calibrated, the images you produce using said monitor, will suffer. There are several ways to callibrate your monitor ranging from Adobe Gamma adjustment to devices which can cost thousands of dollars. Since this is really an issue unto itself, I'll let you search the internet for more specific info on monitor callibration. For the moment though, just be aware that it really does make the difference between night and day when working on digital images.
Secondly, monitor size. Ok...maybe I'm getting old(er), but I simply can't work on the classic 14" or 15" monitors of yesteryear. For graphics and image work, I think the smallest monitor that I would go with any more is a 19" (which is what I use). Trying to do detailed work on a 5 or 6 megapixal image (let alone 10 or higher) on a monitor with a max resolution of 640x480...it just doesn't work! LOL! I'd say that once you decide on the type of monitor you want (which I'll address next), get the biggest that your credit card will allow
Third...Monitor type. These days monitors tend to fall into two catagories...LCD/flat panels and CRT's. Again this may be an indication of my aging eyes, but I find it next to impossible to work on images using an LCD/flat panel. The only real advantage I've found to flat panel displays is "desk realestate"...and considering that most days my desk looks like a bomb hit it anyways, that's not really an issue for me! LOL! I think this is simply one of those subjective issues really...everybody has their own preference. The one truly wonderful thing about LCD's/flat panels is that they have driven down the price on regular monitors...10 years ago you couldn't find a 19" or 21" monitor for under $800 and these days you can often find specials on them for under $200.
Personally, I'm using a Philip's 109S 19" CRT that I got for $170 new from an online wholesaler. It's by no means a "high end" monitor...it's not even a "true flat screen", but it does the job I need it to do and it does it very well. Since I use a variety of printing sources...none of which seem to calibrate their own equipment, I only have my monitor callibrated using the Adobe Gamma methode...again nothing fancy here. Very often I find that if I have my "prints" (i.e. laser copys) done at one place and I have the colors just perfect
, as soon as I have those same images printed elsewhere, I usually have to make a few adjustments to the image anyways.
The only other thing I'll mention is simply "flicker" and/or scan rate. All CRT style monitors have some degree of flicker, but these days the quality of even a cheap monitor is usually such that most people don't see it. ..at least not conciously. The reason this is important is simply that screen flicker is the number one contributer to eye fatigue. Let's face it...if you work on a computer monitor for several hours at a time, your eyes -ARE- going to get tired! LOL! If your monitor has any noticable flicker to it, your eyes are going to get a lot more tired, a lot faster.
What I would do if I were you is go to one of these larger electronics places...someplace like Best Buy, Circuit City or even Comp USA and compair models side by side. Don't worry about color accuracy in the store....chances are the monitor isn't going to be setup right anyways and you'll want to callibrate it once you get it home either way. However you can compair sharpness and over all image quality. Once you've decided on a brand/model, go back home and check around on the internet as chances are, you'll find a -much- better deal then you will in any of the stores.
Okies...I hope this helps ya! Good Luck!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,