640 USD is still too much for 16001200 20-inch, but then it’s a wide panel so comparing a 16001200 with 16801050 isn’t fair. Wide-type monitors tend to cost a lot more. From a little more 4:3 point of view, I think 300 to 400 USD is a more appropriate price for 20-inch LCD monitors in the US market. Most electronics and computer things are 30-40% cheaper in the US than South Korea. 16001200 20-inch monitors cost around 500 USD for low-end to mid-range brand names that are what most people buy. Good CRT monitors used to cost 2x more in South Korea and 3-4x for high-end ones, like the Trinitron-based monitors. Samsung and Japanese HDTV sets still cost that differently for sizes over 40 inches.
The 20-inch one I linked above was on sale in August and soon sold out. For a little under 700 USD. They are all custom-made, not mass-made, using panels bought somewhere else.
Dell always gets the first things before anyone else. NEC, Samsung, and LG ship their drives first to Dell. From Dell:
Viewable Size: 20.1"
Display Type: Flat Panel Display / Active Matrix TFT - Desktop
Features: Automatic Setup Adjustment, Kensington Lock Slot, 100 mm VESA Mounting, Height Adjustable Stand Included
Height: Compressed: 15.3", Extended: 22.4"
Weight: 17.64 lbs
Image Max H-View Angle: Â±88Â°
Image Max V-View Angle: Â±88Â°
Color Support: 16.7 Million
Compliant Standards: 100 mm VESAÂ®, TCO '99; UL 60950, NOM , CE Markâ€“EN60950, IEC 60950 CCC , TUVGS , NEMKO, GOST, PSB, TUVâ€“S, SASO; FCC Part 15 Class B, CE Markâ€“EN55022:1998, EN55024:1998, EN61000-3-2:2000, EN61000-3-3:1995 A1(2001), VCCI Class B ITE, MIC, BSMI, ICESâ€“003, Câ€“Tick; ENERGY STARÂ®, TUV Ergo
Connectivity Technology: Cable
Device Type: Flat Panel LCD Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand
Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight: 18.6" x 9" x 15.3" to 22.4" / 17.64 lbs
Enclosure Color: Midnight Gray
Image Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Image Brightness: 300 cd/mÂ²
Image Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Max Resolution: 1680x1050 Pixels
Max Sync Rate (V x H): 75 Hz x 83 kHz
Port(s) Total ( Free ) / Connector Type: VGA / DVI-D / S-video / Composite / 4 x USB 2.0
Power Consumption Operational: 75 W (maximum), 55 W (typical)
Diagonal Size / Viewable Size: 20 / 20.1"
It looks like a dedicated PC monitor. It has 4 USB 2.0 ports that my 20-inch doesn’t have. It doesn’t include a remote controller. 600:1 contrast ratio also looks good. Samsung has 1000:1 for 17 and 19 inch only.
Viewable size 2.5mm longer than diagonal size?!