lammert - 1:50 pm on Oct 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Agreed, 1280 x 1024 is also my favorite monitor size, even though I have a 1920 x 1200 for regular work.
Did you try searching for refurbished monitors? In many countries old computer equipment from offices is bought by resellers who test and when necessary repair the equipment and then sell it for a fraction of the original price. I have bought some pretty neat equipment from the refurbish market.