Everybody loves a big TV, a big car and a huge house, so why not a big monitor. Monitors have always been small and the biggest that was around was only 24 inches, but now they have been upgraded and are as big as TVs.
High definition displays are becoming highly popular, and the bigger the LCD panel the higher the resolution.
In spite of the price going down when compared to earlier, they are still on the expensive side, but for those that are willing to pay for quality, there are quite a few good 30-inch LCD monitors in the market.
Gateway XHD3000 – Around $1000
This one is the best general purpose monitor that gives the feel of a television, as the video is sharp, thanks to the special built-in chip, the Silicon Optix Realta HQV upscaler. This works by upscaling video content.
This monitor has a resolution of 2560×1600 with a decent 6ms response time, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It supports everything from DVI-D, VGA, component, composite and S-Video. The Nintendo 64 can be hooked up, and with HDMI support, Xbox 360 or PS3 can be connected too. It comes with a 6 port USB 2.0 hub.
With the stunning image quality that is perfect for both play and work, the XHD3000 is a great monitor and one of the best in the market. It stands out for its connectivity and QUAD HD-display with built-in processor.
Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP – Starting price of $1,400
This monitor comes with an IPS technology based 30-inch LCD panel with a very high resolution of 2560×1600. This is one of the very high resolution monitors available, that offers great color. The 8ms response time does a great job foSamsung SyncMaster 305T – $1,300 – $1,430r fast motion video. This monitor also has several connectors, including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, dual-link DVI-D, composite, component and S-Video. The panel contains a 9-in-2 media card reader as well as a 4 port USB 2.0.
It has an adjustable stand that allows tilt, swivel, height and pivot adjustments. With this monitor, you get plenty of connection options and great looks.
NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi-BK – $1,979 – $2,800
This LCD monitor offers a NEC MultiSync LCD3090WXQi-BK display that provides unrivaled color performance along with a 12-bit lookup table, X-Light Pro and ColorComp technologies. Loaded with advanced features and technologies, the display comes with DVI and HDMI inputs. The resolution is 2560×1600 with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and 6ms response time.
The monitor stand is full tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments. It can also use VESA mounts of 100 x 100 or 200 x 100. The warranty period is for 4 years, which is a good thing as the price is quite high.
Although, this LCD monitor is on the expensive side, if it is just going to be used for writing documents or for light use; it is perfect for hardcore gamers and graphics designers.
Samsung SyncMaster 305T – $1,300 – $1,430
The SyncMaster is certainly a good buy if you are in the market for 30” monitors. It sports a 2560×1600 resolution but to be able to enjoy this, a high-end video card and a dual-link DVI cable are needed. There are also not too many connection options, other than the DVI port, but there are four USB downstream ports and one USB upstream port. This monitor supports HDCP.
The height of the monitor can be extended by 3” and rotated by 60 degrees to the left and right and 30 degrees to the back.
This is an impressive monitor and plays blu-ray and regular DVD’s with extremely great clarity, with a 999:1 contrast ratio. Because of the extremely good picture quality, playing games on this can be a very thrilling experience.
It may not really have a ton of features like some others, but the crystal clear picture quality and bright and vibrant colors can be very addictive.
If you are looking for a 30” monitor, there are a select few companies that create the best: Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung and Gateway. You are sure to find the one you are looking for, from among these. While you are at it, check out the Apple Cinema Display screen.