- Replacing the monitor with the current model (Dell 3011U) will cost $1,150. That is more than I paid for the 3007WFP three years ago ($1,050).
- Repairing monitors is basically a lost art since, outside of the 30" class, monitors are typically $200 or less. At that price point, any laborer in the United States that specializes in monitor repair would exceed the replacement cost in a few hours of labor. In 2011, monitors are essentially disposable electronics much like DVD players and Android phones. If they are out of warranty, just toss & replace.
Pretend it's a tablet
I have a pet project for a technology journalist with an investigative bent: figure out why 30" monitors are the only computer technology that has increased in price over the past 3 years.My three-year old Dell 3007WFP monitor at home has a dead backlight. So I am left with this odd situation:
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