Sony Inzone M9 SDM-U27M90 review

Short about

With the Inzone M9 SDM-U27M90, Sony is back as a manufacturer of consumer monitors. In addition to a special design, the SDM-U27M90 offers excellent image characteristics: fast response times, small input delay, a wide brightness range and a neutral gray display. Unfortunately, there is no sRGB mode to recover the colors from the wide DCI-P3 scale. Our sample had pretty good black uniformity. Sony demands a high price for all the beauty that is hundreds of euros above the competition. The screen has a slightly better HDR screen for this, but the local attenuation implementation is still too rough and the contrast on the panel too small to really show dark or high contrast HDR images.

Two weeks ago we received a surprising email from Sony: whether we would test their new screen a few weeks before the embargo expired? The Japanese have been fixtures in the TV market for decades and also produce professional screens for film production and medical applications, which can cost tens of thousands of euros, but Sony was no longer active in the consumer screen market. In 2006, the brand pulled the plug. Disappointing sales figures were the reason, Tweakers wrote at the time. “The Trinitron picture tubes gave the group a major role on the CRT scene, but since the advent of LCD and other flat screens, Sony has no longer been able to stand out from the competition.” Thus, the division delivered ‘just not enough’, the spokesman said at the time in a reaction to the news.

In 2011, a new Sony screen was released from the PlayStation department: PlayStation 3D Display. This screen with a 24 “screen diagonal was intended to bring the then popular 3D technology to a wider audience. The screen also had a 1080p resolution, at a time when many consumers still had a 720p television. The ability to display two different images in full size screen at the same time, thanks to the 3D feature, so two players in co-op mode each had a full screen at their disposal.

Back in the zone

The Sony Inzone M9 SDM-U27M90 may not be a PlayStation monitor; the screen that Sony returns to the display market with, with its black and white design, fits perfectly with the PS5. In addition to the SDM-U27M90, the new Inzone line-up of gaming products that Sony is announcing today also consists of a cheaper screen, the SDM-F27M30, plus three gaming headsets. The most expensive of these has active noise reduction, just like the WH-1000XM5 headphones.

Although the SDM-U27M90 does not have such a special feature as 3D viewing, the technical specifications of the new monitor may be there. Sony has chosen a 27 “IPS panel with 4k resolution, which can display up to 144 frames per second. There are of course two HDMI 2.1 ports on the screen, which PS5 (or Xbox Series console) can be used optimally with For PC users there are in addition to a DisplayPort also a USB-C input, with a built-in sqm switch to automatically connect connected peripherals to two PCs.The SDM-U27M90 also has better HDR functionality than the majority of 4k gaming monitors in this In addition to a relatively high promised brightness of 600cd / m² and 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, it is one of the few monitors that has backlighting with full array local attenuation, or drop, to increase the contrast. With that, Sony has potentially made a pretty good 4k gaming screen. It is also allowed because the brand aims high in price: The new screen should cost 1100 euros, while paying less than 1000 euros for competing 27 “-4k gaming screens with HDMI 2.1. One of these alternatives is Samsung’s Odyssey G70A LS28AG700, is almost half as cheap at 600 euros at the time of writing, in this review we examine the extent to which the SDM-U27M90 is worth its (high) extra price.

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