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Sony Multiscan CPD-E220
Sony in general
Member Name: Timski
Sony in general
Date: 11/12/00, updated on 11/12/00 (2615 review reads)
Advantages: Good price, excellent display
Disadvantages: A/P wires visible, fiddly OSD button.
I have recently built my own system from scratch. After looking at many reviews in magazines and the web, the monitor I decided to go for was the CPD-E200, as it had some excellent write-ups and for the price, was said to be in a class of it's own for a 19" monitor. Unfortunately, as soon as I tried to order it, it was discontinued :-(
Fortunately, it was going to be replaced by the CPD-E220 :-)
The E220 is, for all intense and purposes, the same monitor as the E200. It looks the same, it has exactly the same specs and the price is the same too. Probably just a propagander plot by Sony.
However, the monitor displays a near perfect picture at very high resolution. I have taken it up to 1280 x 1024 and it looks a treat (except that you cant see the icons because they are so small). I use it at 1124 x 768 and find it suits my eyes, but there is so much further to go in respect of resolution (upto 1600 x 1200).
The wires which hold the apature screen in place are slightly visible but your eyes tend not to notice them after a while. The unique OSD menu button is a bit fiddly to start with but that also becomes easer with use. As for the FD Trinitron screen, because it is totally flat, there is no appearance of bowing out, instead, it seems to bow in - another teaser for your brain to get used to, which it does.
As 19" monitors go, the Sony CPD-E220 has nearly everything you could want. It has quality built in as standard. There are more expensive 19" monitors out there which don't even come close to this model.
Your monitor is the part of your computer system you look at constantly so why not get a good one - this is the one yours eyes have demanded!