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Our automotive department in our school recently came upon a bit of extra money and we were looking to replace our ~14-year-old monitors with some new LCD monitors. We're also trying to replace all of our chairs, as well, as they aged terribly.

We have a total budget of $10,000 for both the monitors and the chairs. Looking through some school catalogues, the chairs are going to cost about $165 each (needing 30 chairs), so that's $4,950 gone from the budget. Crazy to think how expensive the chairs are.

Now, that leaves $5,050 to spend on 20 monitors. I was hoping some members here would be able to help me decide on which ones I should choose.

These aren't the most mature kids, so we really need something durable and that has a great stand with the option of us drilling down to a table.

Requirements:
Total cost x20 monitors < $5,050.
20" or bigger.
Durable.
Good stand.
Long-lasting.

If anyone has any suggestions, that would be great. If you know any place that offers discounts for schools or bulk orders, that'd also help a lot.

Right now on Newegg, I'm looking at monitors that are anywhere from $125 to $200 each for a sizable monitor. However, I haven't really seen any that have a great stand. I know our Dell monitors in our CAD lab just have great stands, but I couldn't find them on Dell.com anymore.

Thanks for all the help. It's greatly appreciated.

P.S.: If anyone knows any good rolling chairs that we could use for the class, that'd just be icing on the cake. Current looking at these, so these types of chairs.
Edited by Detroitsoldier - 3/10/11 at 1:02pm
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Hey I personally really like this monitor.. not sure if it is quite what you are looking for because I don't think the stand can be drilled down (nice sturdy stand though) but other wise it has a great price for what you get! Here is the link (Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009266! oh and it doesn't have HDMI in so if you need that you probably don't want to get it lol
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Well, we decided to go with some HP L2245w's. They have a very good stand, the price is good, and they look like pretty solid quality. Only downside I see is that there is no HDMI (we don't use it anyways) and that the maximum resolution is 1680 x 1050.

Edit: After seeing that monitor, I'm really unsure now. The only thing I'm concerned about is that stand. Versus the monitors we were going to get (HP L2245w's for $180 each), we would save $600 which we could use to get new keyboards and mice (which we also need if anyone knows good deals). Monitor stands are an option, but that just adds to the cost and hassle.
Edited by Detroitsoldier - 3/10/11 at 9:44am
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Hey I personally really like this monitor.. not sure if it is quite what you are looking for because I don't think the stand can be drilled down (nice sturdy stand though) but other wise it has a great price for what you get! Here is the link (Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009266! oh and it doesn't have HDMI in so if you need that you probably don't want to get it lol
I Second this, got 2 of those and a third on the way, amazing monitors for the price
    
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post #5 of 18
Depending on how high the chairs need to be. You could get these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...HON-_-46201576

Also for the monitors, these work very well, and would also allow a lock or some sort of chain to be put around part of the bottom.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...536&CatId=2775
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Check out www.bizchair.com, they have a nice selection of chairs for relatively cheap

As for the monitors, look at the E2011H (1600x900 @ 20"), or if it fits in your budget, the E2311H (1920x1080 @ 23"). Their stands are basically big rectangles, so you can drill straight through them and bolt them to the desks easily.

In fact, the bottoms of the stands are metal plates screwed onto the plastic, so if you wanted to make it look really professional you could just have the plates bolted to the desk and the plastic sitting on top of it.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, these look great.

I was looking at some of those chairs and the prices are great. You guys just saved us a few hundred dollars at least.

As for the monitors, I'm really torn now.

Acer 23" Pros - 23", 1080p, good quality, 3-year warranty, cheaper than the others. Cons - bad stand, another monitor stand needed

HP 22" Pros - Still 22" so not bad; large, workable, secure stand; easily adjustable stand. Cons - 1680x1050, $180 each so second most expensive, unknown warranty

Dell 23" Pros - 23", very high quality, LED, large base with metal plate, 3-year warranty. Cons - most expensive of the bunch, fairly unadjustable stand

What do you guys recommend I choose? I'd really love the Dell monitors looking at them now, and they're only $10 more expensive per monitor than the HP's. With the savings on these chairs now, I'd say we can afford it.

Thank you all for your help, +rep'd you all, except Manyak, who I can't even rep by cheating with the URL to your reputation anymore.
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You should be able to find a supplier to get you 16 monitors for a better price I'd imagine.
Since 16 monitors is a fairly decent sized order depends if you manage to scoop up free shipping on Newegg.

If any of the Dell Professional Series are on a decent sale 16 of those would be amazing, best monitor I've ever had, extremely sturdy, and full tilt, turn spin, etc etc.

Got a link on a decently priced model,

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...ynote_irrank=0

I got the 23" version on sale but this is a pretty nice one as it is. Extremely beefy stand and durable.

Best of all a number of applications that you need to say flip your screen to 9:16 you can =)
Edited by Neokolzia - 3/10/11 at 12:54pm
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post #9 of 18
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Whoops, forgot that the number of monitors needed was back up to 20.

As nice of monitors that the UltraSharps are, I think those are a bit too pricey for what these will actually be used for. Thinking about it now, all of these monitors are overkill, considering we've used CRT monitors without a hitch for almost 15 years. Still, it'd be nice to get this upgrade.

Thank you for the suggestions.
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post #10 of 18
To me there are adjustable professional quality monitors and then just ones with stubby lil bottoms =), me having a bit of both after getting my dell it was very very apparent which was the better of the two. But I can understand them being a bit too much.

From most of the monitors I've seen they are best in my opinion for the money but if you don't need that functionality, you can chop in a lot of saving dropping easily down to 150$ range.
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