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 measurement 23"
Native resolution 1920 x 1200
Contrast 500:1
Brightness 250 nits
Latency 12ms
Colours 16.7 M
H/V viewing angles 170 / 170
Loudspeakers None
Connectivity VGA, DVI, S-Video, USB
Average price £1000

This monitor's looks are breathtaking. The round base is covered with aluminium, and so is the panel's rear. There's a sliding aluminium 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.


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.


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.