Do The New 19" LCDs Pass Muster?

In Practice

I get the feeling that I'm writing the same thing over and over again about Sony monitors. Before long I'll be able to just cut and paste the same comments with no worries.

Yes, the SDM-HS95P is good for office applications if you choose the right profile. The colors were vibrant and the contrast was visibly increased by the X-Black filter. But the filter still turns the screen into a mirror when displaying video. Of course, Sony has worked on that problem, just as they've worked on the panel's latency; but at the end of the day, the panel is still too slow and the filter still reflects too much ambient light. If you've chosen this monitor, you'll just have to work in the dark. In short, the SDM-HS95P doesn't live up to its pretensions. Video is still an area to avoid, and again you can forget gaming.


As you've no doubt gathered, to say we don't recommend the SDM-HS95P is an understatement. The design meets all expectations, but performance just doesn't measure up. It's about time for Sony to call itself into question, because relying on design and brand image alone to drive sales is not necessarily a good long-term strategy. And in any event, Sony's lead in terms of design is being nibbled away. Other manufacturers, like LG with their L1940P, are determined to occupy that ground too. Fortunately, there is a ray of hope on the horizon. We've received a Sony 17" 16:9 monitor that's caught our attention. But that's a story that'll have to wait for an upcoming article.