So I've been monitor shopping, and got a great tip in a comment from prock-- there are 27" IPS monitors available on EBay for less than $400. They're imports from Korea, and feature the same panels that are used in Apple & Dell monitors, though they're generally the A- ones rather than A+. The downside is that they're relatively shady transactions, and you're mostly on your own for a warranty. On the flip side, I can get the Dell U2711 for $699 right now, with a three-year warranty.
Last night I went to Fry's and looked at monitors. I think I've decided that I like the 30" version better. I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy the Dell U3011, though I'm going to wait a day or two and decide.
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