Sony SDM-S75AB review: Sony SDM-S75AB

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Good image quality, especially for text; easy to set up and operate.

The Bad A bit expensive; height not adjustable; button labels difficult to read; no digital input; image quality suffers when displaying video.

The Bottom Line The Sony SDM-S75AB doesn't offer much versatility or many multimedia features, but its text performance and basic design make it well suited to office work. However, you can find better options.

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Sony SDM-S75AB

The all-black, matte-textured SDM-S75AB is the 17-inch entry-level model in Sony's new line of no-frills business monitors. Considering its analog-only input and lack of adjustability, its $316 price tag seems a bit high, especially when you can pick up the better-performing, more adjustable Envision EN7220 for about $250. Still, the Sony's 1,280x1,024 screen performed well in CNET's image-quality tests, and its particularly good rendering of text makes it well suited to basic office tasks. However, if you can stand its bland appearance, the Envision is a better choice.

Sony deserves praise for the SDM-S75AB's design. Though you can't adjust the height, the screen's bottom edge is fixed 5.75 inches above the surface of the desk, which is a good height for most people. The screen is exceptionally stable on its circular 9-inch base. You can tilt it back 30 degrees and forward 5 degrees, and the SDM-S75AB is supposed to swivel from side to side, though the lazy-Susan device under our test system's base didn't turn smoothly.

The monitor comes with an analog signal cable and a pass-through audio cable to ferry tunes from your computer to the monitor's headphone jack. The monitor's design allows you to screw the signal cable into its port without breaking your fingernails; you can also thread cables through a large hole in the neck to keep them out of the way.

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Where to Buy

Sony SDM-S75AB

Part Number: SDM-S75AB Released: Aug. 1, 2005

MSRP: $271.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug. 1, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Image Contrast Ratio 450:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4