i HIGHLY recommend LCD monitors, ive got a late first generation samsung 15", and i love it.
any of the new major brand lcd monitors will provide you with excellent service.
i would stick with samsung, nec, lg, sony and maybe a couple others, but im a samsung fan, ive used 5 different lcd monitors over the last couple years, and i still like the sammys best.
i believe you can do better for price as well, 529$us is a lot for a 17" lcd, IIRC you can get good 18s and some 19s for that price.
the stats on this monitor are VERY amazing to a guy like me, using old tech, and ive seen this thing for about $800 canadian, which is about $610 us dollars.
not bad at all...
but anyways, lets assume you dont know what the stats mean...
what your basically looking at are contrast ratio, viewing angle, and max resolution.
the higher all these numbers are, the better, simple eh
a contrast ratio of 700:1 was simply unheard of back when i got my monitor... mine was 300:1 and considered very good.
the viewing angle of the monitor linked above is 178 deg.... meaning you can be looking almost parallel to the monitor and still able to view it, versus older ones where you had to look directly at it.
hmmm, any more questions?
be happy to help