Sony Multiscan SDM-HS93
SDM-HS93 is one of the latest models from Sony with new innards and design. It is priced at about $950, which is rather high for a 19” display. The case is a dainty thing with its silver and dark-gray plastic and the elegant curvy base. On closer examination, I found a few things to get annoyed about. Firstly, the base is beautiful and extravagantly looking, but it lacks stiffness. The display shakes up when you press a button (by the way, the base only allows tilting the screen and rotating it to 45 degrees in both directions). Secondly, despite the elegant base, the display itself is rather large with its wide framing around the screen. Thirdly, the dark-gray plastic around the screen is not matte, but perfectly polished. So, if you have a light source behind you shoulder, you will also have it reflecting straight into your eyes at work. The display has only one analog D-Sub input.
The menu is traditional for a Sony LCD display; only a few items changed their places compared to the menus in the above-described S-series models. The control buttons are hard to press and not too handy. There appeared a few new settings: automatic brightness adjustment and gamma selection. The ordinary mode when the user is allowed to manually control the brightness and contrast is called User. There are three more modes – High, Middle and Low – that instantly change the screen brightness, but block the user-defined settings. The gamma selection setting offers three options. GAMMA 1 corresponds to gamma 1.8. GAMMA 2 – to gamma 2.2 and GAMMA 3 – to gamma 2.7. I chose the PC/Windows standard – gamma 2.2 – for my tests.
By default, we have 50% brightness and 70% contrast. As in the previous models, the menu has an option of setting the backlighting brightness. When it is low, the modulation frequency of the backlight lam is notably higher – about 285Hz. To hit my reference point of 100nit screen brightness, I dropped the contrast to 50% and the brightness to 30%.
With the color temperature set to 6500K in the menu, the onscreen image had a warm, pinkish tint. My measurements confirmed it: 5090K on white and 5690K on gray. When the 9300K option was selected, the real color temperature was 6630K on white and 7180 on gray.
The color curves look quite well, save for a minor contortion on the dark tones. Red is lowered in the middle of the range.
It is the same with 100nit screen brightness: