Sony CPD review: Sony CPD

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The Good Great color; cool-looking black case; low price.

The Bad Slight focus problems.

The Bottom Line Despite minor focus issues, the CPD-E240's good image quality and affordable price make it a solid deal for home and small-office users.

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We're so tired of blurry, distorted CRT monitors that when a decent one comes our way, we almost can't believe our good luck. Sony's CPD-E240/B is a stylish, flat-screen CRT monitor with above-average picture quality. What's more, it's reasonably priced, making it a good deal for home users or small offices on a budget. We're so tired of blurry, distorted CRT monitors that when a decent one comes our way, we almost can't believe our good luck. Sony's CPD-E240/B is a stylish, flat-screen CRT monitor with above-average picture quality. What's more, it's reasonably priced, making it a good deal for home users or small offices on a budget.

Setting up
Although the $250 Sony CPD-E240/B doesn't comes with a quick-start poster or a setup diagram, the monitor is easy to set up. Just take it out of the box, plug in the power cord, and attach the signal cable to the back of your PC (you may need an adapter to connect it to a Mac). The monitor itself is a standard size and weight for a 17-inch CRT, but it has a stylish black case and a streamlined, bullet-shaped rear. In the box, you'll find a brief but adequate user manual with four pages explaining how to navigate the onscreen-display (OSD) menu and what the OSD icons stand for, plus some basic specifications and troubleshooting tips.

The OSD is refreshingly easy to navigate. The single Menu button calls up the OSD and accepts adjustments, and a small joystick button lets you scroll through the menu and its six submenus while adjusting the settings. The menu itself displays as a list within a small, neatly designed rectangle on your screen. It includes most basic controls, such as Size, Centering, Geometry, Color, and Convergence; the only advanced feature in the OSD is the Control Lock, which protects user settings.

The Sony CPD-E240/B has a flat screen, which makes for less glare, better geometry, and a wider viewing angle. Because the monitor is aperture-grille based, however, some users may be distracted by the two visible damper wires that lie across the inside of the screen. The CPD-E240/B offers a maximum resolution of 1,280x1,024, but the maximum refresh rate at this setting is an extremely low 60Hz. At this setting, flicker is highly visible and can strain your eyes. Most users will prefer the recommended 1,024x768 resolution with a high 85Hz refresh rate.

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  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.24 mm
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3