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When it comes to desktop monitors, what’s the ideal size?
Bigger is always better, right? Well, kind of. Maybe? Some would argue that unless a big monitor offers an equally big resolution — something beyond the typical 1,920 x 1,080 — there’s a law of diminishing returns.
Me personally, as my eyes get older and my glasses prescription gets stronger, I’m all in favor of a screen that’s just plain bigger.
Like this one: For a limited time, Adorama has the Dell SE2717H 27-inch IPS LED desktop monitor for $124.99 shipped. That’s $40 off the regular price, and $25 less than Amazon’s price.
(Aside: Recently a rather angry Amazon rep told me in no uncertain terms that the company always has the lowest price. On everything. Always. Without exception. Guess what: exception!)
The SE2717H runs at the aforementioned “full HD” resolution, meaning its expanded physical size won’t allow you to cram more windows onscreen at the same time than, say, a 24-inch monitor. It’ll merely make everything bigger.
Whether or not that’s valuable is up to you — but seeing as this Dell is priced about the same as most 24-inch monitors, why not level-up?
As you might expect, it’s a fairly bare-bones affair, with VGA and HDMI inputs, an anti-glare screen coating and, um, a power cord. (Like I said: bare-bones.)
One important caveat: It lacks VESA mounting holes. If you want to mount it on an arm or stand, you’ll need a special bracket (available online for about $30). Needless to say, that kind of offsets your savings, so if mounting is indeed a priority, you might as well just buy a monitor with VESA holes.
Otherwise, you get an LCD that has mostly positive ratings across the interwebs and a three-year warranty. (I wouldn’t buy a monitor with anything shorter.)
What do you think?