If your office hasn't bought you a flat-screen monitor yet, put that on your list of demands to discuss during your next review. The space you save and just the sheer coolness make flat-screen monitors a must.
I recently bought my mother a 13-inch Sharp monitor with a built-in TV tuner. It's been a big hit. At the time, the dealer told me that only Sharp had monitor-TV combos. Apparently, that isn't the case.
Still, the Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a 19-inch mega-monitor that can do both. I used it for a week as my computer monitor and am now having real problems letting it go.
It was easy to attach and use.
I didn't even load the special driver, but I still got great resolution and clarity on the screen.
It looks cool, too. It's sleek and, of course, slim, although the oval base stand takes up more room than I'd like.
An adapter plug I needed to attach it to my TV cable was missing from the box, so I didn't get to see it work as a television.
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Price $499.99 ($20 rebate available at some retailers)
Available at Office Depot, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA
Specs SXGA 1280 x 1024 resolution at 60 Hz; 17" x 17.1" x 9" with stand