When I switched to LCD technology, it was the best thing I ever did. I had used CRt displays for many years, but 3 years ago I bought a 19" CTX LCD (1600x1200 over DVI), coming from a 19" Hitachi CRT (1600x1200) My eyes started feeling better and it was much easier to work for extended periods of time without becoming so tired. That monitor was ok (great for the time), but nothing compared to when I bought a Samsung 213t 21.3" LCD (1600x1200 over DVI) a 15 months later, now that was heaven, much brighter, even easier to read, just a blessing. Until.......Dell introduced the 2405FPW 24" Widescreen LCD (1920x1200 over DVI) last year around this time. I waited till July to get it for under $900 taxed & shipped. This has been the best thing ever, the work space is insane, everything is spread out so comfortably, unreal colors, and i only run it on 12of100 brightness level. I highly recommend LCD technology @ 1600x1200 or higher. If you dont sit back from the screen far enough (2 feet+) you do find youself having to move my head to read the entire screen, but not the end of the world. Being that it's been a little while i wanted to upgrade my other PC to the same monitor, less for works sake & more for the fact that I want to be able to watch TV shows, DVD's, HDTV, etc.. on a nice size screen while I (try to) get work done on my main monitor. The dell rep I got the first monitor from never really replied to my email stating if I would buy if I could get the same monitor, for under $780 this time, so I decided to take the money I had set aside for that & put it into a dual core AMD X2 system, instead improving my productivity. Anyways, back to my original train of thought (if I ever had one) it really is worth the steep price to take care of yourself with larger LCD technology, even if you have to make some sacrifices to get it. Most especially if you are working in Video, Graphics, Programming, etc..... One other thing I would like to add. @24" widescreen from a position of sitting at your desk, video playing with an aspect ratio of 1.78-1.85 is absolutely the perfect size to enjoy it fully, especially High Definition material. But 2.35 leaves room to desire a bigger screen. Ahem, that's where the monitor nudone mentioned comes in, I too really like the look of that dell 30" monster (2560x1600 over DVI) and would love to see 2.35:1 movies on it, as I think it would be the perfect size for viewing from a desk setting, in addition of course to working with pictures, wavform sound, and video editing/rendering work. I'm really not sure why I am babbling on, I think I'll blame it on the beer thread, as it inspired me to grab a couple. If anyone wants to send me one feel free to PM me.