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Sony SDM-S205K

As opposed to the luxurious and fanciful MFM-HT205, the SDM-S205 is an example of a moderate and simple design. This workhorse has good declared parameters. It is based on an S-IPS matrix without response time compensation and this time there is no discrepancy between the manufacturer’s words and reality. The monitor does have an S-IPS matrix inside.

The SDM-S205K has a simple, neat and elegant black-painted case. We’ve got the classic design solution here where the case and the stand are separated.

The stand allows to adjust the height and tilt of the screen, to turn it into the portrait mode and to rotate around the vertical axis (the rotation circle is built into the bottom of the stand, so the monitor turns around as a single whole). The stand is fixed with a wire clip in the bottommost position for transportation.

The SDM-S205K has analog and digital inputs, two audio inputs, and two inputs for the USB hub. Yes, two USB inputs because it has four USB ports. Checking this thing out, I found that the monitor can serve as a full-featured KVM switch, i.e. it can work with two computers at once.

How do you usually connect two computers? You’ve got a monitor with two inputs, one of each of the computers. But what do you do about the keyboard and mouse? You either buy two keyboard and mouse kits or buy a separate KVM switch that would connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the necessary computer on your pressing a button on it (by the way, KVM stands for Keyboard, Video, Mouse).

How do you do this with a SDM-S205K? One computer is attached to the monitor’s DVI input, first audio input and first USB input. The second computer is connected to the D-Sub input, to the second audio input and to the second USB input. Then you connect your keyboard and mouse (both with a USB interface) to the monitor’s USB hub. After that, the SDM-S205K will not only switch between the video inputs, but also between the audio and USB ones on your pressing the input selection button. As a result, the sound, mouse and keyboard will be automatically switched between the two computers along with the monitor and without any additional KVM switches. I think that’s a brilliant idea!

The monitor’s controls are located to the left of the screen. They are painted black and have pressed-out labels. In other words, you’ll have to hit them blindly and at random even under normal lighting. The designers must have tried to avoid contrasting elements in the monitor appearance, so this is a deliberate solution rather than a whim as is the case with BenQ’s monitors.

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