With prices for LCD monitors falling to around $300 for 15-inch models and $400 for 17-inch models, who knows how long the CRT monitor will stick around?

The AccuSync series of LCD monitors from NEC is just one product line from one company, yet it offers 20 models to choose from in 15-, 17-, 19- and 20-inch screen sizes. All monitors feature low power-consumption technology, space-saving cabinet designs and Rapid Response technology for virtually uninterrupted viewing of high-speed video.

The 71V is a mid-series model that Goldilocks would appreciate. It's not too big. It's not too small. It's just right. She gets all the good stuff from an LCD -- a crisp, clean display, no eyestrain and a sleeker desk -- without losing the desktop real estate a larger LCD demands.

At a respectable 17 inches with 1280 x 1024 resolution and a 400:1 contrast ratio, the 71V beautifully displays Word documents, Excel files, PDFs, Web pages or wallpaper made from your kids' drawings. You may not be able to see the entire file you're working with, but you see enough that you don't feel like you're looking at the file through a pinhole in a piece of black paper. The monitor tilts 5

Shane Peterson  |  Associate Editor