Summary: Sony SDM-M81 is an older LCD monitor but cost effective for users who need multiple screens on one monitor. In the home audio and video end, it's the best way of using your multi-track recording gear that needs a monitor and using your PC for other projects bye just pushing one button to monitor two. Keeping all this in mine and doubling or even tripling you monitors it's like having six monitors on your work station.
Summary: The image on this display is stunning. Color is better than expected, and backlight is nice and uniform. Dual input for both audio and video, including DVI, is very handy. Switching between sources is just a button away. The easy to use controls at the upper right also give direct adjustment of brightness, contrast, and speaker volume. By pressing a 'Menu' button, you also get a host of other less needed adjustments.
Summary: wonderful monitor, I spend up to 8+ hours a day on my computer during the week, and this is all the screen you could ever want, i love it more than my 19" Trinitron which, besides being a pain in the @ss to clean, but also weighs some 55-60 lbs and is just begging to be dropped when moved anywhere. the joints on my trinitron always took minutes to adjust when this LCD takes just seconds.
Summary: In all honesty I was impressed with how expansive the SDM-M81 felt. Racking up the res to 1280x1024 usually makes me feel like things are getting too small on my 18.0" viewable viewsonic CRT behemoth. But not on the M81. But I do have a major problem with the dvi interface. They only supply an analog DB15 to analog DVI cable. Why not include a dvi to dvi cable? In my case, I feel it is because getting Sony's DVI to DVI won't work or only works in limited situations.
Summary: If you're looking to treat yourself to a new monitor, you won't be disappointed with the SDM-81. At 18" you'll have plenty of bright, crisp display room. Also, with both digital and analog connections you won't be forced to upgrade your video card to enjoy this display. The response rate is between 20 and 30 ms (according to Sony's site), allowing for good picture quality even during fast screen changes.
Summary: I've had this monitor for 3+ months and will never look back. I've used the best Barco calibrated monitors for color retouching and this blows them all away! The trick if you are using the analog hookup (as I did for the first month) is to use the configuration utility on the provided CD. The Utility will help you get rid of "Waviness" and uneven color in a matter of seconds... But, if you are going to pay..
Summary: How can such a large company as Sony that makes such great LCD displays, NOT make them VESA standard wall or arm mountable?!?. Try finding a wall mount kit for this display. You CAN'T!. Sony doesn't make one, nor do third party mfg's. I spent an hour trying to find one! If Sony wants to make the mounting configuration proprietary then they should AT LEAST step up to the plate and actually MAKE a wall mount kit. Sorry Sony, you lost my money on this one.
Summary: GREAT monitor! It's the envy of the office at work. Bright, sharp picture, dual video inputs sync'd with dual audio inputs (I switch between a custom-built Athlon WinXP RC2 workstation and a Sun Blade 100), very well designed. The (weak) stereo speakers, headphone jack override (woo-hoo!), and on-screen volume control are very nice touches.
Summary: Have had this monitor for about a month now. For the first week it was fed an analog signal via a Diamond v770 graphics card and images were very good but some text was slightly smeared/faded. Color was excellent as was contrast. Backlight was factory defaulted at 100%. Way to bright for me. Easily set to user liking. So, after the first week I decided it was time to upgrade my video card. My decision was ATI's All in Wonder Radeon AGP card which has the DVI output.