I am always searching for a good flat-panel monitor, thanks to the many requests I get from family and friends who want to get rid of their cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, which can take up more than a foot of space behind the screen with the innards.
Xerox has leapt into the monitor market with its flat panels, and the 19-inch monitor, XL592Db ($800), that I've been testing really does a solid job of conveying a nice, sharp, colorful picture. The flat screen's maximum resolution is 1,280-by-1,024 pixels, which worked fine at 19 inches.
Xerox launched 13 different monitors at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. I took a look at the 5 Series, although there are less expensive 3 Series monitors (a 19-inch for $400) and more expensive and more elegant 7 Series monitors (a 19-inch for $850).
I liked having both analog and digital inputs on this monitor, and Xerox was good enough to make sure that all the necessary cables were packed in the box. I was especially pleased with the on-screen display functions buttons here, which easily brought up ways to control brightness, contrast, horizontal and vertical positioning, and other utilities that help a monitor to provide the best picture around.
The speakers on the XL592Db provided good, solid sound with some volume as well.
Despite my feeling that this was a superb monitor, I feel compelled to offer my caveat about all LCD monitors: While the flat panels will save you space, their images are not quite as crisp as better CRT monitors.