I bought a flat-panel LCD monitor today, which is something that has been on my to-do list since mid-2002.
Anyway, the text is quite blurry unless I set it at the manufacturer's recommended optimal resolution setting. The optimal resolution is 1280x1024 pixels. To those who aren't used to fiddling with their own monitor settings, that means that the text on my screen is small enough that I could display half of the Manhattan telephone book on my monitor without compromising its quality. Of course, you wouldn't be able to read it -- it's not that big a monitor, but the text would be crystal-clear on the screen.
I hate getting a new monitor. It's great once I get used to it, but every time I replace my monitor, it takes me a couple of weeks to set it up correctly. The brightness and contrast have to be perfect, and the controls are so different between brands that I can't easily figure out what perfect is. Take this monitor, for example. Right now I have the contrast set at 14% and the brightness at 20%, and the white spaces on the screen are so bright that they hurt my eyes. Raise those values or invert them, and it doesn't get any better. This is not unusual for me, and it's just going to take some time to work out. Once I get that figured out, I know I'll prefer the ultra-small text, because I always do; my screen resolution has increased with every new monitor I've purchased, and I like it once I get used to it.
In the meantime, I'm going to spend a lot of time rubbing my eyes.