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You Gotta See This: The Best Monitor Deal Around

Picked up a MacMini today. It’s a terrific little computer. I got the 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, which sells for $694. I’ll dedicate it to be used for Quickbooks and a couple of other programs. With a terabyte of storage and 8 Gigs of RAM, it will serve us well.

But what really has me excited is the awesome monitor I’m using with it: The 28-inch ViewSonic VX2858Sml. At $249 it is an amazing deal. Especially since I was seriously considering a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display. That baby costs just under $1,000.

This new ViewSonic is stunning, offering Full HD 1080p and something they call SuperClear Pro Technology with true 8-bit colors and 3,000:1 native contrast ratio. As I was setting it up and finding the perfect spot on my desktop, I couldn’t help but notice that it delivers superior color performance with excellent color reproduction at nearly any viewing angle.

It’s one of the cleanest, crispest computer monitors I have ever used and it is available on Amazon at the best price I’ve ever seen for a monitor that full-featured.

Here’s the stats:

  • HDMI x2 and VGA inputs for flexible connectivity with gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, PCs, digital cameras, and more
  • Supports MHL mobile audio/video interfaces for mobile device charging and sharing mobile device content on a larger screen
  • SuperClear Pro technology with true 8-bit colors, a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, and a 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio for excellent screen performance
  • Full HD 1080p for all high-definition multimedia applications
  • Proprietary View Mode feature includes Game, Movie, Web, Text, and Mono presets that enhance viewing experience for different scenarios
  • Flicker-Free and Blue Light Filter technology for more comfortable viewing
  • 3-year limited warranty and one of the industry’s best pixel performance policy for peace of mind

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.