So I just got a quote from a couple of stores on prices for the 27 inchers, and because they've got HDMI connectors, they all get taxed as TV's, giving them extra 25% tax on top of the normal 25,5% sales tax, so we're talking around 1500$ for a single s27a950d for example.
So with that out the window, I'm looking at portrait surround again.
I'm thinking about getting 3x Dell u2412 to get the 1200 vertical pixels, but I've always noticed something crappy which I'm afraid will follow me over to the u2412.. When scrolling fast down web pages I get very obvious screen tearing always on the same place on the monitor, close to the top left corner, it's like there's a box that refreshes slower than the rest of the monitor.
It's also very noticeable in google sketchup, which I use a lot as a hobby, when orbiting or panning around a room there's a line across the entire monitor that breaks up walls etc, it's not always in the same place, but always around 1/3rd down from the top of the monitor.
I haven't noticed this when gaming, possibly because I force adaptive v-sync? but it annoys the hell out of me, and I'd hate to get 3x ~300$ monitors and have them all act like this. ;/