Best Programming Monitor
I have a Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX. 2048 X 1152.
That's right. 2 kilopixels wide. It's great.
It took awhile to get everything configured to make the best use of the extra space:
Put tabs on right in Firefox, instead of along the top (verttabbar extension)
Tell Adobe Reader to show everything two-up. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this, as it is an amazing timesaver if you are often reading through PDF's. (Prefs->page display-> page layout= two up and zoom=fit page)
Re-arrange palettes in Pshop so they are along the edges
Firebug on the second screen, or have a really wide browser.
Best part: I paid $200.
It seems a little too wide occasionally; if the center is in focus for my weak eyes, the edges are slightly out of focus. Sometimes I turn it.
It has more pixels than anything else I've ever owned, and I use 'em. It worked first time with the external video on my old macbook (was worried there wouldn't be enough VRAM). I use the browser on the main screen and put firebug over on the laptop screen.
You do need to have your mouse warpage turned up pretty high to get across all those pixels. I use a trackball so I can spin hard to get over and then fine tune.
I also use it to watch TV, very very occasionally. My DirecTV box has HDMI output, and it turns out that a "DVI to HDMI" cable works just as well in the other direction. The syncmaster has one DVI in and one VGA in.
I hate the touch buttons, but you can't have everything. I have the older model which doesn't rotate into portrait mode, though I hear the newer ones do.
I agree with the fellow who said a 24" trinitron was the clearest monitor he ever had. I used to have a pair of 'em. The syncmaster isn't that clear, and the vertical viewing angle isn't all it could be. But I like those gobs of pixels, even if they aren't quite razor sharp.