The vast majority of computer monitors on the market today are wide screen units that are wider than they are tall. A few years back most of the monitors out there were square. There are some folks that prefer that square aspect ratio for certain tasks.
If you like screen with that square design, NEC has a new unit that you might be interested in that is a budget offering. The 17-inch E171M has ergonomic adjustability and a 5:4 aspect ratio. The native resolution for the screen is 1280 x 1024.
The brightness rating is 250 cd/m2 and the display has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. NEC fits the cheap monitor with a 2-way ergonomic stand with 50mm of height adjustment and swivel capability. Connectivity options include VGA and DVI-D.
NEC also fits the screen with a pair of 1W speakers for onboard sound and touch capability can be integrated. The display will ship this month for $179.