Advantages Nice Display, Bright Colours, Wide viewing angle
Disadvantages None really
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Same comparable height to that of a 21” CRT monitor but not as wide was bought to accompany my 21” Vision master pro monitor for dual display purposes. I’ve got the shiny black model, not the silver grey, but it’s the same LCD panel at the end of the day. Screen tilt a little stiff, but there absolutely no worries of breaking the panel, as the LCD panel feels very sturdy and well built. On the back of the screen, you have a cover which you slide up to reveal power socket and panel video cable attachment, all facing down tidily. The cable with my screen is a D-sub connector; I did not see any DVI cable, not a problem though as most PC graphics cards are D-Sub connectors, and you can buy DVI/DSUB adapters if you happen to have a DVI graphics card output. On right hand side of panel is 6 buttons (on/off, menu, up, down, ok and eco buttons), eco button allowing you to instantly change the brightness of the screen display from 3 fixed settings and 1 user setting of brightness.Installation of LCD panel simple, plug into power source, and video cable plug into back of pc, if that’s where your graphics card is. Windows automatically detects new display device, no drivers needed to be installed, though you do get a CD with the LCD Panel.
Panel itself is thin, space you gain from replacing a 17” to 21” CRT monitor with this is amazing, and desk feels kind of empty now. The circular base itself is approximately 8 inches wide. The screen itself is anti glare.Picture quality is fantastic for a LCD panel; maximum resolution capable of 1280x1024 at 60 Hz, the refresh rate not being as much a problem as its CRT equivalent. Thing to note about LCD panels, when you buy a LCD panel rated at a native resolution of 1280 x 1024, that is the resolution you should ideally run it at, if you run it at a lower resolution, you get slightly blurry text, as LCD panels are pixel perfect displays. If you display a 1024 resolution on a 1280 LCD panel, it will stretch some pixels to try and fill the screen, so you end up with the appearance of slightly mucky text. This is the same on most LCD panels from other manufacturers. But the Sony does do a good job of displaying lower resolutions, so not as bad on this one.
Viewing angle is excellent, more you look at the screen from the side, the image will start to go brighter but not too bright, on other LCD panels, if you looked at it from a side angle, screen would go very dark and the image itself would become unrecognizable, but on this Sony LCD, even though screen went brighter, you could clearly make out the image on the screen.There is some image ghosting if you play fast movement games, like first person shooters, but you do get use to it very quickly and you no longer notice it after the first day. Colour display output is excellent. When I did use the LCD panel for the first time, it did take a while to get use to though, as grey background would appear to sparkle a little, ghosting on fast moving objects as mentioned earlier, screen resolution considerations, and viewing angle.Overall, this is a superb LCD Panel, and has benefited my work and at £330 pounds for a 19” LCD, is well worth the money. Another benefit that worth mentioning, LCD panels use less power compared to a CRT Monitor equivalent, so its cheaper to run a LCD in the long term, just that the initial investment is a more. Approx in the UK this would cost you no more than half a pence (£0.005p) every hour. Only downside to all LCD Panels from any manufacturer is dead pixels on screen, I won’t explain it here, but look up that subject on the internet.
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