The time has come to move up from the 24" 2408WFP to something in the 30" range. For a brief time I considered just another 24", but I think I'd like to be able to view full resolution 2k (2048x1024), and a monitor maxing out at 1920x1200 just isn't going to get me there.
The "big three" at the consumer level seem to be the Apple 30" ($1799), the Dell 3008 ($1399, and some actually say the 3007 ($1299) is better), and the HP LP3065 ($1299). Bumping up to the "next level" gets you into the HP DreamColor LP2480zx (though $1999 will only get you 1920x1200 and 12ms response time on a 24" monitor) and the Eizo CG301W ($4400 --more than doubling the price of the most expensive in the other category).
I know there are others (Samsung, Gateway, etc.), but those seem to be the cream that has risen to the top of the reviews and forums.
I will be doing some first look color, etc... but I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that I'll be able to work magic with consumer or pro-sumer level equipment when it comes to color considerations (hopefully, funding will allow for DaVinci at the color stage).
I use an Xrite EyeOne color calibrator that does the job pretty darn well, so at least I am "doing the best I can" by not just accepting what I get from the factory or simply trying to set the screen manually.
I just need a good, solid monitor, that will do it's job and be the best it can be (size, color, speed, etc...) for hopefully under or around $2,000.
I'll most likely be driving it with an Nvidia FX4800 (on a PC), but that's probably up for debate as well (the card, not the platform).
Opinions? Suggestions? Thoughts?