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Sony E400 19inch Monitor Review

Sony E400 19inch Monitor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Worried that your Frag-rate in QIII is slipping? Might be time to upgrade that old 15" or 17" monitor to a bigger one. Sony makes some amazing stuff, but are their monitors really that good?
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External Mfg. Website: Sony Apr 01 2000   Bao Ly  
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The Bad :-(

The second most important feature of any monitor is the refresh rate. This is where the E400 is really segregated from the rest of Sony's monitor lines. The "G" (corporate) series and "F" (CAD / Graphics Professional) series sport higher refresh rates. While a resolution / refresh rate of 1280*1024 @ 85hz is nothing to sneeze at, I was really looking for a flicker free refresh rate at 1600*1200. The Sony E400 has a refresh rate of 75hz at 1600*1200, but the flicker and wavy lines at the far right and far left of the screen causes dizziness/nausea in me.

I am still investigating to see if it's the monitor or the Annihilator Pro causing the nastiness. I am not sure either way, but I do know that at lower resolutions, 75hz is not such a dizzying experience. Having said that, it could still be either device, or both devices not being adequate enough for the desired 1600*1200 resolution. I will update this review later if Sony or Creative comes up with a solution for me.

The damper wires, are a nuisance for people new to aperture grille based CRT's. They are used to stabilize the aperture grille and are visible as one, two, or three very fine horizontal black lines (when viewed on a white background) on any aperture grille CRT. To be honest, I rarely use a white background for anything but Word 2000, therefore the two damper wires are not a nuisance, but people accustomed to TFT displays or shadow mask CRT's will see the black lines right away and go ballistic (some even bring them back and demand a refund.).

At $769 CAD ($539 USD) the Sony E400 is both a positive and negative. It's a huge positive if you like Sony brand monitors, and like the FD Trinitron CRT. But you can get other close alternatives for quite a bit less.

Therein lies the problem with the Sony E400; I can go on and on about how nice this monitor is (and it REALLY is.) But the competition still has Sony beat on pricing. For example, the KDS AV-195TF (Sony FD Trinitron) with a superior refresh rate at 1600*1200 (85hz) is expected to retail at $700 CAD / $483 (or less.) Samsung's 900NF (.25mm - .27mm Mitsubishi Dynaflat AG) is going for $655 CAD ($452) and the Viewsonic PF790 (.25mm - .27mm Mitsubishi Dynaflat AG) is going for $689 CAD ($475)...

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Contents of Article: Sony E400
 Pg 1.  Sony E400 19inch Monitor Review
 Pg 2.  The Good :-)
 Pg 3.  — The Bad :-(
 Pg 4.  Conclusion and Ratings

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