Originally posted by 4fx
So why the heck to you need a monitor that is so bright? Its a BAD thing. I hope Apple doesnt release a display that is much brighter.
Aesthetically, I would rather crap on my desk than put a Dell on it. Dell is perhaps second ugliest next to Benq (which make perhaps the worst monitors I have ever seen).
I too have my brightness turned down, but because I am a bit sensitive, my 17" Samsung is pretty close to its lowest setting. I've considered getting some neutral density gels to see if I can somehow place them around the backlight bulb.
Regarding the analog inputs, there have been many times where I thought I didn't need a feature that I later wished I had, having additional inputs on a monitor was one of those kinds of features. Using a monitor as a TV isn't ideal primary use, but it would make it a fine fall-back device, or for those in tight quarters, such as a small apartment or college dorm.
I don't think the larger, more recent Dell monitors are ugly, I'm not sure what you are basing that on.