Summary: I first purchased my monitor in March of 2002. It was first used as a monitor for a MacIntosh G4 and now for a Dell XPS. I use this monitor for work and for personal use, for graphics, gaming and spreadsheets. The images are clean, sharp and vibrant.
Summary: Physical condition of monitor and quality of its image is satisfactory. It was supplied with only a power cable and AC adapter. But it would have been nice to have a HD15 video cable bundled with the monitor.
Summary: My Sony SDM-S81 just recently started the full time green and orange pixel problem. I'll try to Jerry-Rig it as suggested. It does appear to be heat related. 4 years isn't too bad, but it should last 10 years at least for the $ paid.
Summary: Hmm, I bought my SDM-81b over 7 years ago, and have no issues with it (I am using it now, to write this review.) I have got to say that they my fellow consumer's reviews below are all flukes, bad luck, whatever. My old Sony LCD monitor is crisp, clean, and clear.
Summary: This screen size and set up is great. The overall ergonomics of its design are very asthetically pleasing... but unfortunately it is growing somewhat outdated and the picture quality is not up to that of its modern competitors. Sony overall is a great brand and they keep to form with this item also!
Summary: I've had the monitor about 2 years and it started doing that funky pixel flash thing that others have seen. Very disapointing considering the usual Sony quality. I thought it must be electronics going bad, but thanks to the poster below I took off the covers and was able to fix it.
Summary: I had problems with this monitor 5 months after I received it. I saw pixels flickering in green all over the screen. It appeared to be electronic noise or interference. I sent it in to Sony for repairs and it was fine for 7 months and then the problem occurred again.
Summary: The LCD is beginning to go bad. Green hazy areas - comes and goes. I started checking out websites to see if there were any reported problems and came accross the reviews posted here about the major problems with the LCD. I guess trying to get a replacement is not going to help.
Summary: Hi, I'm just adding my 2 cents to this monitor mess. I bought my original monitor not quite 2 years ago. Today, my 3rd replacement monitor is now going bad, and I will be contacting SONY to have a 4th monitor sent to me as replacement.