A couple of weeks back, Fry's had a sale on Samsung 19" wide screen monitors ($179 after rebate) so I jumped on one. The resolution was decent and it had a 8ms refresh rate.
Just one problem, the damn thing gave me a headache. Now perhaps it was just the settings and I could have adjusted for that, but at about that time, Circuit City had a one day sale on the ViewSonic VX2025VM 20.1" wide screen monitor.
This baby has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response, 1680 x 1050 resolution, and just damn good looks. The picture is friggin breathtaking. I spent an entire morning downloading widescreen wallpapers.
I attached the monitor to my Dell laptop which has a 15" 1680x1050 widescreen display and set it up for dual monitors. I then installed UltraMon
to control both displays. UltraMon lets you do things like haveing different wallpapers on for each display, putting buttons on the window title bar so you can easily span the window across monitors, or switch monitors in a click. If anyone else has a utility like this to recommend, please do, but so far, UltraMon kicks ass.
As for the ViewSonic, I highly recommend. I got mine for $309 at CC. I ordered it through the website and got local pickup in Plano. There is an additional $50 Rebate on it if you buy it with a PC or a notebook. The website has a link for the rebate.