Honestly can't say much on the matter. They should pretty much all offer the same quality and features and without actualyl seeing them running, the image quality can't be judged anyway. That aside, there's new models coming out every month, so nobody realyl can keep track of it all. Therefore I'm afraid you really can just take the plunge and exploit their return policy, if you're not happy.
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My humble recommendation is - most $300 displays will look like a thousand dollars if you get a (now affordable) monitor calbiration gizmo. Some can be bought for under $80 (like the Spyder 2 Express) and will do wonders for color reliability, provided the monitor is not bad beyond any hope. At the most basic level, just calibrating the monitor will make overall color rendition more reliable. On top of that, and only if you are willing to get your feet wet in it, AE color managed workflow takes into account the calibrated monitor profile for displaying content in the comp panel. But even if you don't do that, calibrating the display is a great idea.
Nec and Dell are usually good. It's hard being up to date with all the models in all ranges, though.
Yea, I have calbiration equipment that i can use for my monitor. I guess I'm asking what should I be looking for in a monitor? Should I look at the color gamut? Is a IPS panel worth the more money? And how much of the color gamut covered is good? 92% from the samsung? or 96% from a NEC IPS monitor?