Sony’s HS series is yet another case when design triumphs over functionality. Like the Neovo M-17, this monitor doesn’t have a classic base with a central vertical pole. It stands on a frame that protrudes out of the case (which plays the same role as the acryl plate in the Neovo monitor) and on a folding support behind. I personally think the Sony model looks somewhat more elegant that the Neovo.
Of course, this design of the case only allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. The rear support has a spring, so if you want to tilt the screen more, you can just push the top of the case. And if you want to bring the screen nearer, you should pull the top of the screen toward yourself. In both cases the support will adjust itself accordingly.
The case leaves a nice impression overall, if you don’t bother much about its minimal functionality. The quality of manufacture is very high.
The monitor has only one, analog input; the power adapter is built into the case. When the cables are all attached, you close the rear panel and the connectors with a decorative cover.
The monitor’s control buttons are located on the right of the bottom edge of the case. The buttons are small and rather stiff and are almost flush with the case, so they are not quite easy to use. The Power On button protrudes from the case and you cannot mistake it for any of the control buttons even if you press it blindly.
The monitor’s menu is the typical menu of Sony’s LCD monitors. Its interface is not very user-friendly, mostly because it does not memorize the last adjusted setting and is also divided into two distinct parts. On the other hand, it is not downright inconvenient, either. A special feature of Sony’s monitors is that they offer you two ways to control their brightness – with the backlight lamps or with the matrix. I already discussed the pros and cons of this feature in my previous reports, so I will give you just the summary. The best way of action is to choose a certain brightness with the matrix (choose a level of brightness at which black doesn’t look too light) and never touch this setting ever after. To adjust the brightness for a particular environment later you should use the backlight lamps (the Backlight item in the monitor’s onscreen menu).
The rest of the settings are quite standard: three color temperature modes, three gamma values, auto-adjustment, and settings pertaining to the menu itself.