I have a Sony G420 monitor that I purchased not too long after moving the the D.C. area. This is possibly the finest 19″ CRT ever made. I had problems with an NEC FP950 being too bright; the G420 is truly easy on the eyes. I guess I’ve been using it for more than 4 years now; and it still delivers a razor-sharp picture.
A coworker recently upgraded to a LCD flat panel and was looking to unload a Sony G410. I took it off his hands, figuring that it would be pretty similar to the G420 and thus make a good second monitor. My NVIDIA Quadro FX 540 can support dual CRTs, so I’d just have to plug it in.
And it does a pretty good job. The two monitors just barely fit side-by-side in front of me on my Anthro corner cart. Except for somewhat different sets of controls and ports, the housings are identical. So getting the images at the same height is pretty easy. The picture quality on the G410 is good; but it isn’t quite up to the G420. The colors on the G410 are significantly different and have taken quite a bit of twiddling to get reasonaby close to the G410′s “default” 9300 K setting.
All things considered, I’m pretty happy with the set up. Having the second monitor really is nice. But it also means that there’s absolutely no way I’m upgrading to LCD until nice roomy 1920×1200 displays are reasonably affordable.