Sony SDM-S204E review

£494
Price when reviewed

Sony has a habit of coming up with quirky monitor designs, and this time it’s turned its attention to the stand. It has a rack and pinion system for smooth height adjustment, and there’s a sliding plate covering the rear of the panel, hiding the cables.

Sony SDM-S204E review

This gives a cleaner look than most and is worth considering for design-conscious locations. It’s fairly plain to look at from the front, but the minimalist design and narrow 14mm bezel suit multiple-monitor setups. And under that sliding cover there are three video inputs. It’s the only display here with two D-SUB analog ports to complement the DVI digital, making it possible to share one screen with several sources. These are all tempting options for business buyers, and economy modes also drop brightness and power consumption if your room isn’t too bright.

It’s a good performer too, beaten only by the Eizo and LaCie in our quality tests. In the technical segment, it wasn’t outstanding in anything other than the colour spectrum test; it was through steady and consistent performance that it accumulated points. This is in spite of the DVI input disabling brightness and contrast adjustment, although there’s a separate control for backlighting still available.

However, the anti-glare filter left dark smudges in our real-world tests. These were most noticeable in the Office/Desktop test, but weren’t evident with stronger colours.

But as often happens with Sony monitors, the price is ultimately too high for the mix of quality and features to compete with the award winners.

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