After using a laptop for the last two years at work and for about 5 years at home, I finally bought a monitor to attach through a docking station to allow me to look at a monitor rather than the small laptop screen. After reviewing a few options and looking at price I decided to buy a Prolite B1906S for £170 from an online computer supply shop. The monitor was ordered at the same time as the docking station and it has allowed me to convert the laptop into a bench computer without the additional cost of a computer.
The monitor comes has a 19 inch screen, it has a black border and stands on a large extended neck pedestal. Setting up the monitor was simplicity itself, the screen came as one unit with an extended neck which was inserted into a circular flat base. The monitor came with a screw and a turning key, the neck once inserted into the base was simply fixed permanently by the addition of the screw and tightening. The neck can then be adjusted to any height and has made me look up to the screen rather than hunched over a laptop screen.
The monitor is aesthetically pleasing, all black moulded plastic, a flat screen and a feeling of it floating above the bench due to the long swan neck connector at the back. The monitor connects very simply with the computer via a DVI D pin connector; indeed the back of the monitor has the industrial utilitarian functions such as power outlets, connector points and potential for attaching camcorders directly. At the front are the more pleasing functions you require such as volume, the power indicator light and a menu button where the backlight, contract, etc can be manually altered.
This is all a pleasant surprise after realising the last monitor I bought was also my first, a very basic 16 inch monitor over 10 years ago. That one was bulky, heavy and little adaptability for other media formats, this one was so simple to set-up it was really just attach the base, put in one end of the connector, connect to the laptop and let the laptop find the driver for the monitor and the monitor was active. The addition of a monitor to the laptop means that you can set up one as the main screen and the other as the auxiliary screen perfect for emails or playing a game.
The only other point is the lack of flicker; the monitor screen is non flicker and doesn't strain the eye making using the computer far easier.
So far I've been very happy with the monitor and after years of using a laptop am now considering the thought that I might have been wrong all these years and should have stayed with a bench PC.