Sony Multiscan SDM-X73
The thin framing around the screen is the distinguishing feature of Multiscan SDM-X73, although the case is still thick enough. The base allows flexibly controlling the height of the screen. You can also change the tilt of the screen, although the portrait mode is unavailable.
With its integrated speakers, Multiscan SDM-X73 carries two analog and a DVI input as well as a headphones output. Every video input has an accompanying audio input, that is, the audio sources are attached along with the video inputs.
The menu is typical for a Sony monitor with one pleasing detail: four modes that you switch between using the ECO button can now be set up, as the monitor doesn’t block the user settings of brightness, contrast and backlight brightness when turning into the ECO mode (there is only one limitation: when the Auto variant is selected, the backlight brightness adjustment is not possible). Thus, the user can set up four combinations of contrast and brightness to suit his taste and then switch between them by pressing a single button.
By default, the High mode has the following settings: 70% brightness, 90% contrast, 100% backlight. The Middle mode: 50% brightness, 70% contrast, 100% backlight. The Low mode: 50% brightness, 70% contrast and 40% backlight. The Auto mode: 50% brightness, 70% contrast and unavailable backlight. I tested Multiscan SDM-X73 using the Middle mode with the default settings.
Besides the user-defined color temperature option, we have two presets: “9300K” (this is the monitor default; it corresponds to 6780K for white and 8640K for gray) and “6500K” (6150K and 7100K). With 20% backlight, 50% brightness and 70% contrast, we have a screen brightness of 100nit.
The viewing angles are average, although the image is perfectly seen at any angle: you notice the top of the screen getting dark when you look at it from below, and when you view the screen from above, white becomes darker and black – lighter. So these viewing angles are not perfect, but quite acceptable, if you can get used to the darker top of the screen.
The auto-adjustment works good just like with S73, although we still have that mouse trail. No gripe about the color reproduction, smooth gradients are rendered without visible stripes.
The color curves are nearly ideal, just like with Sony Multiscan SDM-S73.
Multiscan SDM-X73 is also specified to have 16msec response time, but, according to my measurements, it uses a different matrix compared to HS73 and S73. This matrix does perform black-white transitions in 16ms at maximum brightness and contrast settings. This superiority is only felt in case of black-and-white conversions, as the matrix slows down on black-gray conversions being just 2msec better than the other Sony monitors tested today.
My measuring the brightness and contrast ratio gave out results close to those of SDM-S73: the same level of black, although the maximum brightness was about 20nit higher.
Although there are no significant differences in the measured parameters, Multiscan SDM-X73 is better than S73. First of all, it offers a lot of input ports. Second, it allows setting up the ECO presets. This gives the user the freedom to adjust the presets to his own taste, rather than to the manufacturer’s. Multiscan SDM-X73 allows creating different profiles for working in the daytime or in the evening, or for playing games and then switching between them with a single button.