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Do You Want a 16:9 LCD Monitor Now?

Sony SDM-P234

This is the second and last Sony monitor we tested. We liked the MFM-HT75W, so we wanted to see if a larger size display would be even better. In this price range, you have a right to expect near perfection. And guess what? Sony frankly comes pretty close to it.

Diagonal measurement23"
Native resolution1920 x 1200
Contrast500:1
Brightness250 nits
Latency12ms
Colors16.7 M
H/V viewing angles170 / 170
LoudspeakersNone
ConnectivityVGA, DVI, S-Video, USB
Average price$1,300

Design

This monitor's looks are breathtaking. The round base is covered with aluminum, and so is the panel's rear. There's a sliding aluminum door that hides the connectors. And we've rarely seen plastics of this quality. Sony has accustomed us to handsome monitors, but here they've outdone themselves.

Ergonomics

Like Apple, Sony uses touch-sensitive buttons for access to the OSD. But unlike Apple's, Sony's work well. Using the OSD was easy; the controls were responsive and the available adjustments are worthy of a professional monitor.

Connectivity

Sony is aiming at the pro market with the SDM-P234. Accordingly, equipment has been kept to a minimum. The transformer is built in, which explains the monitor's thickness. There are dual DVI connectors, and that's all.