If you have a laptop with a small (eye-straining) screen, or your desktop monitor is tottering along on its last legs, now's a great time to look for a new computer monitor. With the rapid pace of technological change in all things electronic, a state of the art monitor that was hot stuff a year ago may be obsolete today. And, you don't have to lay out big bucks to get a monitor that will serve you well; there are a number of quality monitors that go for less than $200, absent some of the bells and whistles, of course.
Take this screen for example, the Acer 23" LED Monitor ($144); with a wide screen for very easy viewing, this monitor has a 1080p resolution for great picture quality. It's thin and lightweight -- perfect for pairing with VESA mounts -- and has ports for VGA, HDMI, and DVI input, but none for USB connection and no speakers. Not a big deal, in my view. Also, it arrives with all the necessary cabling to make connections to your existing system. Three year warranty.
This Samsung 22" Monitor ($140) sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution that's ideal for gaming or just everyday browsing of the Web world; the 2ms response time virtually eliminates any flicker and the HDMI and VGA ports will allow you to connect to just about any corner of your electronic world. No speakers on this monitor, but it does have an easily adjustable tilt function.
If you want stereo speakers as part of your monitor package, you may like this ASUS 23" HD LCD Monitor ($158); they're 2 watts in power, so they won't strip paint from the walls, but you'll get the necessary audio. On the other hand, you'll have 2ms response time, and 1080p resolution, for gaming, along with ports (and cables) for HDMI, DVI, and VGA support. The monitor is compatible with VESA mounting options, and comes with a 3 year warranty.