Sony PC/TV LCD Monitor

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Light-sensing PC/TV LCD monitor

Price: $599


Phone: 877-865-7669

Sony PC/TV LCD Monitor

You can optimize LCDs in different ways. Some manufacturers allow more light to come through the film. While this pumps brightness, it tends to wash out warm colors like reds. For LCDs designed for video, blues, greens and blacks are highlighted.

The MFM-HT75W flat-panel PC/TV LCD from Sony Corp. is all about video, and Sony has applied every optimization trick in the book to it. It would be a perfect monitor for, say, a Senate intern who must monitor the latest news on CNN and work at the computer at the same time. That's because you can throw the video feed into any of the four corners of the screen and use the rest of the screen as a normal monitor to type e-mails.

The monitor is 17-inches wide along the diagonal and set up in a 16-by-9-inch configuration, which is the proper format for movie or video watching because it is the ratio of a movie screen.

The native resolution of the screen when using it as a computer is 1,280 by 768 dots per inch. It also supports high-definition TV and has multiple inputs, including S-Video and component video slots.

There are powerful speakers along the bottom of the monitor with SOS WOW Technology, which gives users the illusion of 3-D sound. They sound better than any other monitor-mounted speakers we've ever heard.

The monitor also comes with a small electric eye that senses lighting conditions in your office. If the lights are off, the monitor will dim a bit so as not to burn your eyes. But if a lot of light is streaming onto the screen, the monitor will brighten up to try to compensate. You can also override the eye's decision and set the monitor to the brightness you like best.

Although the monitor is not really portable, Sony has done a good job of creating a compact design. The monitor is little more than just the screen itself, with a tiny support stand that folds out from the main base.

In truth, the MFM-HT75W is more of a high-end television screen than a computer monitor, but the picture-in-picture function gives you good features from both worlds, and at the same time.

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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