Many of us are old enough to remember a time when it cost more than $500 to get a 15-inch monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution.
Yeah but I only knew one guy stupid enough to buy an LCD even remotely around that era. Really terrible ghosty piece of junk, and expensive - plus he developed dead pixels. Everyone else dragged bulky CRTs around because other than obvious size and weight issues, they were superior and affordable.
Fortunately, for most tasks even cheap panels today are quite decent. So we don't have the same degree of tradeoffs with an affordable display.