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Sony INZONE M9 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Sep 12, 2022 at 09:33 am
Sony INZONE M9 Picture
8.0
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.6
Media Consumption
7.8
Media Creation
7.5
HDR
Resolution
3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
144Hz
Size
27"
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The Sony INZONE M9, or just M9 for short, is Sony's first monitor and is part of their new INZONE lineup of gaming products, which also includes headphones like the Sony INZONE H9 Wireless. It's a premium gaming monitor with a 4k native resolution and a high refresh rate, with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and support for both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technologies. It's part of Sony's "Perfect For PS5" lineup, which are designed with PS5 gamers in mind and support a few unique features. It also features a full array local dimming feature, but unlike some of the competitors, like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, it doesn't use a Mini LED backlight.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The Sony M9 is an impressive monitor. It's designed with console gaming in mind, and it delivers an excellent gaming experience overall, with low input lag and a fast response time. The large, high-resolution screen makes it a very good choice for office users or media creators. It delivers a good HDR experience if you're looking to game in HDR or watch the latest videos, thanks to its high peak brightness and wide color gamut. Sadly, the stand offers poor ergonomics, so it's hard to place it in an ideal viewing position, which limits its versatility overall.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Great peak brightness in SDR.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Superb text clarity.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Some quality issues.
7.9 Office

The Sony M9 is very good for office users. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easy to multitask, as you can easily work with multiple windows open, resulting in superb text clarity. It has good visibility in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue. Sadly, it has poor ergonomics, so it's difficult to adjust it to an ideal viewing position, and you might need to consider VESA mounting it instead of using the included stand.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Great peak brightness in SDR.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Superb text clarity.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Some quality issues.
  • Advertised KVM feature doesn't work at all.
8.6 Gaming

The Sony M9 delivers an excellent gaming experience. It has amazing low input lag, delivering a very responsive gaming experience. It also has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, with very little blur around fast-moving objects and very little overshoot with the best settings. The large, high-resolution screen is great for gaming, as you can see more fine details in graphically intense games. Finally, it's a great choice for console gamers, as it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on both HDMI inputs, so you can enjoy 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the Xbox Series X and the PS5 without having to change the connections.

Pros
  • 144Hz refresh rate and VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
  • Fast response time at the max refresh rate.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Some quality issues.
7.6 Media Consumption

The Sony M9 is good for watching videos. Glare isn't an issue in bright rooms, as it has great peak brightness in SDR and good reflection handling. It doesn't look as good in a dark room, though, as it has a low contrast ratio and just an okay local dimming feature, so there's some distracting blooming around bright objects and blacks look gray. The large, high-resolution screen is great for watching the latest 4k content.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Fantastic SDR color gamut.
  • Great peak brightness in SDR.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Colors are oversaturated out of the box.
  • Some quality issues.
7.8 Media Creation

The Sony M9 is a very good monitor for media creators. It has a fantastic SDR color gamut, with perfect coverage of the sRGB color space, and it has fantastic gradient handling, with very little banding in areas of similar color. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easy to see more of your workflow at once. Unfortunately, it has poor color accuracy out of the box, and colors are terribly oversaturated. It also has poor ergonomics and just an alright horizontal viewing angle, so it's hard to place it in an ideal viewing position, and you can't easily turn it to share your screen with someone else.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Very good gray uniformity.
  • Fantastic SDR color gamut.
  • Superb text clarity.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Colors are oversaturated out of the box.
  • Some quality issues.
7.5 HDR

The Sony M9 delivers a good HDR experience. It has impressive peak brightness in HDR, so bright scenes look close to how the content creator intended. Sadly, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and just an okay local dimming feature, so bright specular highlights don't really stand out from the rest of the scene. It has an impressive HDR color gamut and great color volume, so HDR content looks vivid and realistic.

Pros
  • Displays a wide range of colors in HDR.
  • Impressive peak brightness in HDR.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Some quality issues.
  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.6 Media Consumption
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 7.5 HDR
  1. Updated Sep 12, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The Sony M9 has a unique design and a definite gamer aesthetic. The front of the monitor has a simple design, with very thin bezels on three sides and just a bit of dead space between the sides of the screen and the first pixels. The back of the monitor shares many similar design elements with the PS5 and the other Sony INZONE products, like the Sony INZONE H7 Wireless. The stand has a unique design, with three legs that support the monitor like a tripod.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sony M9 has just decent build quality. It's mostly plastic, and some of it feels pretty cheap and not very premium. The stand doesn't work as well as it should for a monitor at this price point; it wobbles quite a bit and takes a while to recover from wobble.

4.6
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
2.8" (7.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 0°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

Unfortunately, the stand's unique design also limits its range of ergonomic adjustments. The height adjustment range is disappointing, and it can't swivel or rotate to portrait orientation. Thankfully, it can be VESA mounted, so if you're having a hard time placing it in an ideal viewing position, you can mount it to a third-party stand or wall mount instead.

The back of the monitor is pretty plain, with an RGB light strip near the top of the display and a hook on the back of the stand for basic cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
17.9" (45.5 cm)
Base Depth
9.6" (24.4 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)

The stand has a very unique design that looks a bit like a tripod. The height adjustment is at an angle, so the total thickness varies depending on the height of the display. At the lowest point, the total thickness is about 9.7", and at the highest setting, it's about 8.3", so the distance between the user and the screen varies as you adjust the height.

Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.2" (61.4 cm)
Housing Height
14.3" (36.3 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.9" (7.3 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.9 cm)
Design
Controls

The joystick control is located at the back of the monitor. It's easy to use but a bit sensitive, so it can take some getting used to if you're coming from an LG or Samsung monitor with a joystick.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • Power cord
  • Power supply
  • User guide
  • Stickers

Unfortunately, the Sony M9 doesn't come with any cables to connect it with your source.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,046 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
1,198 : 1

The Sony M9 has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look gray if you're in a dark room. Unfortunately, despite the relatively high zone count, the local dimming feature can't boost the native contrast ratio, even with relatively large areas of black space like this checkerboard pattern.

6.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The local dimming feature is just okay. It has 96 zones in an 8x12 array, which is better than most local dimming features on monitors. The zones are still a bit too large to allow for precise dimming in dark scenes, and the algorithms tend to leave more zones on than needed. There's some noticeable blooming around bright objects, but very little black crush because of this. It isn't very good for subtitles, though, as it tends to light up large areas of the screen.

The local dimming feature can keep up with fast-moving content well, so you don't see a trailing bright edge behind fast-moving, bright objects. It's an okay implementation, but it's limited by the relatively small number of zones, and because it tends to turn on more zones than necessary, the impact is limited. You can see two real scene videos of the local dimming feature in action here, and the same video filmed from an angle here.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
431 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
421 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
432 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
432 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
432 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
432 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
420 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
432 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
432 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
432 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
432 cd/m²
ABL
0.002
Minimum Brightness
10 cd/m²

The Sony M9 has great peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, and there's no variation in brightness between scenes.

These measurements are from after calibration in the 'Game 1' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max, and Local Dimming set to 'High'.

8.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 600
Real Scene
645 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
483 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
695 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
802 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
838 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
865 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
483 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
694 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
800 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
838 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
864 cd/m²
ABL
0.032

The Sony M9 has impressive peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough to deliver an impactful HDR experience in both games and movies. The PQ EOTF follows the target curve well for the most part, ensuring most scenes are displayed at the brightness level intended by the content creator, but dark scenes are boosted a bit. There's a gradual roll-off near the monitor's peak brightness, ensuring bright highlights aren't crushed. Unfortunately, very small highlights are crushed a bit by the monitor's local dimming feature.

These measurements are in the 'Game 1' Picture Mode with HDR enabled, Local Dimming set to 'High', and Brightness set to max. The monitor automatically detects what type of source it's connected to and switches between the 'Cinema' and the 'Game 1' picture modes in HDR. The 'Cinema' picture mode delivers the same peak brightness.

6.8
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
29°
Color Washout From Right
28°
Color Shift From Left
33°
Color Shift From Right
40°
Brightness Loss From Left
33°
Brightness Loss From Right
34°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
31°
Gamma Shift From Right
31°

The horizontal viewing angle is just alright, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front at a comfortable viewing distance. The image degrades and fades when viewed at an angle, so the Sony M9 isn't a good choice for co-op gaming on one screen, and the sides degrade if you're sitting too close.

7.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32°
Color Washout From Above
28°
Color Shift From Below
37°
Color Shift From Above
41°
Brightness Loss From Below
34°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
43°
Gamma Shift From Above
43°

The vertical viewing angle is just decent, and the image degrades if you're looking at it from above or below. It's mainly noticeable if you're sharing the screen with someone standing next to you, as they'll see a different image from you.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.650%
50% DSE
0.138%

The Sony M9 has very good gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center, but the sides of the screen are a bit darker.

6.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.891%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.761%

The Sony M9 has passable black uniformity. With local dimming disabled, the entire screen is cloudy, and there are a few bright spots throughout the screen where the backlight isn't quite even. With local dimming enabled on 'High', there's noticeable blooming around the test cross due to the size of each dimming zone. It's mainly noticeable in real content when you have bright objects in otherwise dark scenes, as the dimming zones are too large to dim precisely around the bright object.

6.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Game 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
129.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
1.35
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,733 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.22
Color dE (Avg.)
3.92
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
60
Measured Brightness
252 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Sony M9 has okay accuracy out of the box. The white balance is excellent, with no noticeable issues in shades of gray, and gamma follows the sRGB target curve well for the most part, but darker scenes are slightly overdarkened. The biggest issue is with colors, as they appear terribly oversaturated, and there's no sRGB clamp to artificially limit them to the sRGB color space. Despite these issues, the color temperature is close to the calibration target, and there's no red or blue tint to the image out of the box.

9.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Game 1
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.88
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,447 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.45
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
100-95-92
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
22
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The Sony M9 has superb accuracy after calibration. The biggest difference is with colors, which are no longer oversaturated. The white balance is slightly better, but there were no noticeable issues before calibration anyway, and gamma follows the sRGB curve better than before, especially in darker scenes. The color temperature is very close to the target.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Game 1
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
86.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Game 1

The SDR color gamut is fantastic. The Sony M9 can display all of the sRGB color space used by most desktop and web content. It has good coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but it can't display the full range of greens in that color space, so it's not ideal for print processing.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.2%
sRGB Picture Mode
Game 1
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
90.4%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Game 1

The color volume is incredible in SDR. It's mainly limited by its low contrast ratio, which prevents the monitor from displaying dark, saturated colors. It fills out the sRGB color gamut entirely, and colors are bright and vibrant.

8.4
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
92.7%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Game 1
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
67.7%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Game 1

The Sony M9 has a great color gamut in HDR. It has fantastic coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by the vast majority of current HDR content. Its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is limited, so it's not future-proof.

8.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
84.9%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Game 1
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
68.8%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Game 1

The Sony M9 has great color volume in HDR. Like with SDR content, it's mainly limited by its low contrast ratio, as it can't display dark, saturated colors. It also can't fill out the entire color gamut in either HDR color space, but the colors it can display are bright and vibrant.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2%
Indirect Reflections
3.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

The Sony M9 has good reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective coating significantly reduces the intensity of bright lights. Thanks to its high peak brightness, you can easily overcome any glare just by increasing the brightness.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

Thanks to its high pixel density, the Sony M9 has fantastic text clarity. Even in apps that don't support ClearType settings (bottom photo), text is clear and well-defined. The matte anti-reflective coating adds a slight haze to the screen, but it's not really noticeable with regular content.

9.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Sony M9 has fantastic gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in darker shades, but bright areas of similar color are displayed properly.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
120 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
120 Hz

Strangely, the maximum refresh rate on the Sony M9 is only available over DisplayPort. Over HDMI, you're limited to 120Hz, regardless of source, even though it has enough bandwidth on the HDMI ports to support 144Hz at the native resolution. Even forcing a 144Hz resolution doesn't work, and the monitor just displays a black screen before reverting Windows display settings back to 120Hz.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The Sony M9 supports variable refresh rate technology. It's officially certified to work with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, and it also works with FreeSync sources, but only over DisplayPort. It supports HDMI Forum VRR, which allows it to support VRR with some HDMI sources, including the PS5 and Xbox Series S|X.

8.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Total Response Time
8.4 ms
Overshoot Error
6.2%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
13.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
27.3%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
StandardChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The Sony M9 has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, delivering clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. The 'Fast' mode delivers the best experience overall, with just a bit of overshoot in some transitions. The 'Faster' mode has a slightly faster rise/fall time, but there's significantly more overshoot and a very distracting trail of inverse ghosting, so it's not recommended. The 'Standard' mode is a good alternative to 'Fast', as it has no overshoot, but it's slower overall, and there's more blur around fast-moving objects.

8.2
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Total Response Time
10.1 ms
Overshoot Error
8.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
15.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
33.9%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
StandardChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is great, delivering clear motion for console gamers. Like at the maximum refresh rate, the 'Fast' mode delivers the best experience overall. The 'Faster' setting delivers slightly faster rise/fall times, but it's not enough to make a noticeable difference, and instead, there's significantly more overshoot, so it's not recommended. There's still a bit of overshoot with the 'Fast' mode, and if this bothers you, the 'Standard' mode is a good alternative, but it's slightly slower overall.

7.8
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
Rise / Fall Time
5.3 ms
Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
7.8 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
StandardChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto

The Sony M9 has a very good response time when gaming at 60Hz. Most transitions approach their final shade quickly thanks to the fast rise/fall time, but the total response time is significantly slower, resulting in more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. Unlike at higher refresh rates, the 'Standard' mode delivers the best experience overall, as higher settings have significantly more overshoot, resulting in a long trail of inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects. Unfortunately, this means that there's no single setting that works well across all refresh rates, so for the best gaming experience, you'll need to change settings if you change between devices.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

Unfortunately, the Sony M9 doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, which is commonly known as black frame insertion.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free at all backlight levels.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
4.2 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.9 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Sony M9 has amazing low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming or desktop experience at any refresh rate.

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
164 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
27.0"
Screen Area
310 in²
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Sony M9 is fully compatible with everything the PS5 supports. It also supports a few features specific to the PS5, including Auto HDR Tone Mapping, which optimizes your HDR experience to match the capabilities of your display.

10
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor is nearly fully compatible with the Xbox Series S|X. It doesn't support Dolby Vision for movies or gaming.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
40Gbps (FRL 10x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
3
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
Yes
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
15W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
No

It supports USB-C and power delivery, but it doesn't deliver enough power to charge a laptop or Ultrabook while you're using it.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Sony M9 works well with recent MacBooks. There are no issues with the variable refresh rate feature, and windows return to their original position when you wake the computer from sleep or if you close and reopen the lid.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
Presets
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Sony M9 has a few extra features, including:

  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair to any game that can't be detected by the game.
  • FPS Counter: Shows the current frame rate received from the source.
  • Black Equalizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot objects/players in dark scenes without adjust bright scenes.
  • KVM: Sony advertises a KVM feature for this monitor, but it's not currently working at all.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The on-screen display is organized in a logical way and is easy to navigate.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Sony M9, which is the first monitor launched as part of Sony's new INZONE lineup of gaming monitors.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate HDMI 2.1
M9 27" IPS 4k 144Hz Yes

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Sony M9 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

Our unit was manufactured in June 2022, and you can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Sony INZONE M9 is an amazing gaming monitor overall, but its unique design has a few drawbacks, and it's not as well-built as most of its competitors. It offers very little over its competitors, like the LG 32GQ950-B, and it's more expensive, so most people are better off saving a bit of money and getting one of the other 4k 144Hz displays on the market. That said, it's one of the only 4k 144Hz monitors available with a 27" screen, so if you don't have space for a 32" monitor, it's a great alternative.

Check out our recommendations for the best 4k 144Hz monitors, the best monitors for PS5, and the best monitors for Xbox Series X.

LG 27GP950-B

The LG 27GP950-B is slightly better than the Sony INZONE M9. The LG has much better accuracy out of the box, and colors aren't oversaturated, so it's a better choice for anyone looking for an accurate image. The LG also has better ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The LG also has slightly faster response times, especially if you're gaming at lower refresh rates, including 120Hz or 60Hz gaming from a console.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is better than the Sony INZONE M9. The Samsung has a much more versatile stand, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position or turn the screen to share it with someone else. The Samsung also has much better contrast, delivering deeper blacks in a dark room and less blooming around bright objects thanks to its Mini LED backlight.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U is slightly better than the Sony INZONE M9 overall. The Gigabyte is a more versatile monitor overall, with much better ergonomics, better accuracy out of the box, and a slightly faster response time. The Sony monitor, on the other hand, delivers a better HDR experience overall. The Sony gets brighter in HDR and has a much better local dimming feature.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is much better than the Sony INZONE M9. The Samsung has much more versatile stand, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position without having to buy a separate VESA mount. The Samsung model also has much better contrast and a better Mini LED local dimming feature, delivering brighter highlights in HDR and less blooming around bright objects.

LG 32GQ950-B

The LG 32GQ950-B is a bit better than the Sony INZONE M9. The LG has a faster response time, with no noticeable overshoot at the max refresh rate. The LG also has a better stand, with a wider range of ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position. On the other hand, the Sony gets a bit brighter in SDR and has much better reflection handling, so if you're planning on using it for office work in a bright environment, the Sony is a bit better.

Dell G3223Q

The Dell G3223Q is a bit better than the Sony INZONE M9. The Dell has a wider range of ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The Dell also has much better accuracy out of the box, as colors aren't oversaturated, and there are no noticeable issues. Finally, the Dell model offers better build quality, as there are a few issues with the construction of the Sony monitor's stand, and there have been reports of quality control issues with the Sony model.

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