Aug 19 2013 - 26-inch LCD displays were once an option for larger displays without the high price. Now most manufacturers have elected to go to a larger 27-inch display which gives a slightly larger screen at roughly the same price. In addition, there are some higher resolution 27-inch panels as well. Check out my Best 27-inch LCDs list for good alternatives
While it may not be 26-inches, the 25-inch Hanns-G offers along the same size screen but at prices that are hard to beat. Priced as low as $190, this is serious competition for many 24-inch screens. The 25-inch display uses a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 1920x1080 capable of full HD video playback. Response times are extremely quick at 2ms. The display even features a pair of 2 watt speakers but sound quality is mediocre at best. Connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA. The stand is limited to tilt adjustments only.
HP's 2509m is slightly smaller than most 26-inch screens due to its 25-inch panel. This really only amounts to half an inch as most screens really are 25.5-inches. The screen uses a 16:9 aspect ratio compared to the more common 16:10 and has a 1920x1080 resolution. This is still sufficient for 1080p HD video. Response times are quick at 3ms allowing it to handle fast motion video and gaming without motion blur. It has video HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors. It also comes with built-in 2W stereo speakers. The stand only provides tilt adjustment. Prices range from $270 to $310.
The ASUS VW266H display comes with 25.5-inch LCD panel with the 1920x1200 resolution and 2ms response times. Connectors are also quite plentiful with HDMI, DVI-D, VGA and component. There are two 3W speakers built into the display but a digital audio output is also provided. The stand only supports tilt adjustment but it is compatible with the 100mm VESA mount. Prices start around $290.
Many people who use graphics tend to design around the AdobeRGB color gamut. For this reason, it is important to get a screen that is very similar to displaying this color range. The NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi2-BK provides a 97.8% AdobeRGB color gamut that makes this excellent for graphics work. the screen also features a 1920x1200 resolution and a relatively quick 8ms response time. This isn't quite as fast for video and gaming but that isn't the point of the display. Connectors include a DVI-D and VGA. The stand allows for a full range of height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments and can be used with 100mm VESA wall mounts. Prices are around $1050.