I found this little flatscreen 17" Trinitron baby on ebuyer.com last July for about £200 ex VAT. Looked like an absolute bargain, and indeed when I received it I was very impressed. Not only is it beautifully designed, it is functional too, with a four port powered USB hub built in. The only thing I have to gripe about with the design is the stand, which is a completely detachable (and potentially loseable!) piece of plastic, tilting the monitor to a slightly less sharp angle. In short, it's an okay monitor, however I do have a couple of fairly serious quibbles with it. Firstly, the geometry is very poor. I found it impossible to get a perfectly square image despite fiddling with the controls for hours. There is also a problem with size consistency across the width of the screen; this is more noticeable when playing games than when just using Windows applications. In side-scrolling games I've played I have noticed that objects coming in from the right hand side of the screen start off squashed horizontally, before becoming full size once in the middle, and getting squashed again when it's leaving the left hand side of the screen. Another fault with this screen is that the picture seems to "wobble" now and then. It appears to zoom in and out a little bit rapidly until you shake the thing! Whether or not these faults are a design flaw or just something wrong in the manufacture of my particular monitor, I don't know. The maximum resolution and refresh aren't particularly impressive, topping out at 1280x1024 with a poor refresh of just 60hz. I use it at 1152x864 with a 75hz refresh (which is the highest it will go at that resolution), which is quite comfortable. Other than that, the software OSD controls are fairly easy to navigate but I'm not entirely convinced with the joystick-button control as it can be awkward to use.
Before we start this product is very smart and has an excellent picture - better than any other monitor (including Flat Screen) I have used so far, but ..... The CRT design requires 2 wires to support the screen and this results in 2 very very faint lines on screen. Only really visible when the screen is white , they annoyed me for a couple of weeks but now I don't notice them. Recommend you see the monitor working before buying. Sadly my original monitor failed and the warranty did not meet my expectations. A 3 year 'on-site exchange warranty' is promised in the documentation. In fact the exchange is for a refurbished monitor and only if they have a refurbished (identical) item in their workshop. The best Sony at Bridgend could do was offer a loan machine whilst my own was repaired. This would require me to take time off work on TWO occasions to wait in for couriers. Customer Service was generally a bit ropey - badly informed and a 'take it or leave it' attitude. The warranty should make the terms and conditions clearer. I complained to Staples (where I bought the monitor) and they located a replacement themselves for me - top marks for Staples !!!