Frank Oddsocks , May 25, 2005; 07:23 a.m.
I have a 15" Samsung LCD bought new in early 2001 and am about to replace it only because it's outmoded. It's been heavily used and the backlight is still OK. About a year ago I tried to buy a spare backlight and Samsung Australia wouldn't sell me one. I'm looking at the Sony, not the Samsung.
Analogue Samsungs, including mine, are dim on Mac Minis. That Mac puts out too low a voltage on VGA and Samsung take the VGA standard at face value, as they have every right to do. I would not buy a new monitor which didn't have a DVI interface. But if your new machine has only VGA it might make sense to go for a VGA-only monitor.
The two that have been recommended to me are the Sony and the Apple.
As I said before, I've been using flat-panel for 4 1/2 years and after two hours you will never go back to CRT. There has been a lot of nonsense posted here about the alleged superiority of CRT's - ignore it.