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The monitor is a 'flat' screen and to most people it would be, but on closer inspection the tube itself is not flat but contains a gentle curve, the front glass plate which is nearly flat masks the fact that the tube is not flat...clever visual trickery.
However it is still flatter than most monitors out there, and the 900u displays some excellent strong colours compared to Sony Trinitrons at a better price, and in my humble opinion a better designed housing.
The monitor comes with a USB hub so you can plug your USB camera and other devices into it rather than your PC.
Sharpness is average and even a bit fuzzy in the corners, it's new sibling the Diamond Plus 91 which is cheaper (made in Malaysia, 900u is made in Japan) as it loses the USB hub is much sharper. Maximum resolution is 1600 x 1200 at 75hz and it has all the usual geometry controls for getting a perfect picture (which can be tricky at times). Contrast is good though blacks could be blacker, and can pick up subtle tones well.