The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the SDM-HS95P/S is its attractive, hinged design that effortlessly tilts forward and backward. The second thing you’ll notice is the shiny, bright images this monitor can display at a 1,280-by-1,024-pixel resolution. The SDM-HS95P/S features XBRIGHT technology—a clear coating that blocks less light than typical anti-glare screens—so colors seem to really pop. Dark areas appear richer, giving images more depth than most LCD displays. (The S indicates the silver color, the model we reviewed, but it also comes in black, with a /B designation. Specs for both are identical.)
Straight out of the box, the display’s colors were pleasing, but a bit on the blue side. Once calibrated, the grays became more neutral. Though touted as a benefit of XBRIGHT, the HS95P/S’ viewing angle was not as good as some other displays we’ve seen, but it is more than acceptable. Horizontally, it begins to lose contrast at about 45 degrees off center, so unless you regularly have two or three people crowded around your display, this shouldn’t be an issue.
When staring very closely at the display (with my nose almost touching the display—not recommended) I noticed that the individual columns of pixels were a little more visible than in other displays, creating a faint grid pattern on some lighter areas of the screen and making text look a little jaggy. But I’m being picky. Sony says because XBRIGHT monitors don’t have a diffusion layer across the screen, panel characteristics are clearer to the eye. This was less noticeable in its smaller sibling, the 17-inch SDM-HS75P.
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Although this display lacks some of the extra features found on other displays I’ve seen (like a USB hub, speakers, or the ability to pivot), the HS95P/S is a bright and shiny, well designed, and good performing display.
|Color Fidelity||Very Good|
Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unacceptable
|Connections||1 DVI, 1 Analog|
|Viewing Angle||160 degrees|
|Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches)||16.5 x 8.5 x 17.1|
|Special Features||XBRITE screen technology|