Summary: I got one of these used for cheap. The screen had lost a noticeable amount of sharpness. Luckily all it needed was a slight adjustment of the focusing control (10 minutes--mostly for removing and then re installing the back cover). If you're a serious gamer then you know how nice a high refresh screen is or you don't know what you've been missing. I run most FPS at 1280x1024 @100Hz.
Summary: I've had this monitor for at least 2 years, and it's still the best picture ever. It's amazing how swindled everyone's been by the LCD craze, considering how poor a quality the image usually is. Anyway, I know it's irrelevant now, but since I saw the bad review someone else gave, I just want to point out: the guy was wrong. He probably had it next to a strong magnetic field (maybe it was on the same circuit as his refrigerator or an old television).
Summary: This monitor, well, it sucks. It was a waste of the $600 I spent. The biggest problem is that it's very blurry above 1600x1200 making those modes almost useless (on XP). Attached to my PowerBook it can't handle rates greater than 60Hz above 1600x1200 and it so blurry even at lower resolutions it's unusable. Second major complaint is the display is flat and lifeless. Colors are washed out and contrast is poor.
Summary: I was hesitant getting this monitor because although I knew I wanted a 21" screen, I was afraid it would be too massive to fit on my desk (a corner unit). I was also torn between this and the comparable aperture-grill NEC FE2111 which appears to be used by a large number of top gaming PC manufacturers (Alienware, Falcon, etc.).
Summary: I am 15, and i use my pc alot. I used to have a 16' Sony Flat Screen Monitor, but i needed a bigger one for gaming and using the internet. This monitor helped tremendously, and the display is crisp, clear, and refresh rates are FAST! For Example, right now im using 1600 x 1200 and the refresh rate is 85 Hertz. If you use this Monitor, i recommend using 1600 x 1200 because it looks the best, although the monitor can display incredibly higher resolutions.
Summary: It looks sleek and isn't as deep as 21" monitors used to be...but poor convergence, fuzzy text and quality problems plague this monitor. If you read lots of the online reviews for the e540 you will find the most common complaint to be the convergence of the monitor. If you set all the red green and blue phosphors to be perfectly aligned in the center of the screen they were horribly misaligned on the corners, particularly on the left side.
Summary: I purchased the Sony CPD-E540 back in March 2002 for $599 retail to replace my aging NEC 17" monitor. It is difficult to provide subjective opinions on a monitor without having another to compare it to, so let me just state that I have not been disappointed with this purchase. It takes full advantage of my ASUS V7700 Deluxe (actually, the resolution is limited by the video card).
Summary: As I began to realize that my 17" monitor that came with my PC was starting to affect my posture (by prompting me to lean forward to see more detail on the screen), I decided it was time to upgrade to something larger. And because I am also a watcher of DVD movies (which I play on my PC), I wanted a screen size large enough to enjoy films. So naturally I sought a monitor about the size of a medium television - say, 31" or so.