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I have had this monitor for about 7 months now and it has been great. It looks very slick and works like a dream. I bought it as i liked the look of the curved edges and the gloss black finish (i know its sad but the cheaper ones of a similar spec just didn't look as nice). I use for alsorts of applications such as high end games, video editing and 3d animation and it has been great for all of it. i previously used a 2 monitor set up but with the width of this i have just used it on its own with no problems. right lets get down to the review nitty gritty.
picture quality - it is awesome the colours are rich and the blacks stay true everything looks good on it.
ease of use - it is pretty much as easy or complex as any other monitor i have used with the standard adjustment controls located at the base of the screen. as far as set up goes it is a doddle you stick it on its stand and plug it into the mains and the pc and your ready to go. (as a note i only use the HDMI input so i can't comment on the other options this offers)
one thing to note is it doesn't have speakers built in so you will still have to have seperate audio for your PC and it wouldn't work as a monitor for games consoles or dvvd/BR players.
It seems a bit odd to be reviewing a monitor. They're not the sorts of things we consider generally. They're just one of those things that come with a desktop computer. Whilst we obsess with the spec of our TV's, we rarely discuss the calibre of our monitor.
Anyway, my laptop screen is relatively small and I thought, considering the amount of time I spend using my laptop, I could probably justify buying a monitor to plugin to it. I considered buying a TV and then using HDMI cables to connect the two, but I already have a TV. There seems no point in spending extra money for my monitor to be able to revieve freeview when I dont need it.
I had a samsung Syncmaster years ago, with a HP computer that I got from PC world. It was remarkably clear for the time. Certainly compared with the kinds of flat panells Dell were flogging and so I decided to just buy one of these. Im no expert, I just wanted to be able to use it as a monitor for my laptop.
*THE DESIGN: the monitor looks good. Whilst Apple is synonomous for its glossy white, it is becoming the fact that Sony do glossy black well. The point is that, my laptop will not ALWAYS be connected, and as such I didn;t want some ugly piece of gray matte plastic cluttering my desk.
*SCREEN: unlike my laptop screen, the Sony monitors screen is not overly shiny.... I can have the blinds open in bright sunlight and still be able to see what im doing.. this is a huge bonus. not to mention alot better for your eyes
*QUALITY OF IMAGE: the image on the screen is of a high quality... Granted its not HDTV standard, but it packs much better resolution than a laptop monitor could replicate.
*VERSATILITY: depending on my uses, I can use the monitor for different things... At times I use it to replace my laptop display, at others, I use them in tandom, with emails open on my laptop screen whilst I use the monitor for the main task that I'm doing..... I've also hooked a digital camera upto the monitor to show people photos directly from the camera
OVERALL: i'll be honest, a monitor is a monitor. This one happens to be rather good, but monitors dont really do much except show the image being fed into them. I wont claim that it has a wide range of features, or that its particularly fast, because, well, it does neither. All it does is works, and it works well, and for this its well worth the money.