In the beginning I did not like this monitor because it was tiring to look at for long periods. I am not sure whether it needed time to break in or I got used to it. I have been using this monitor as my main home monitor for some time now. It is not as good as my old Sony who stopped making 17" CRT monitors so it is not fair to compare with Sony.
Additionally the monitor is very bright and I had turned the brightness to zero and then did some tweaking with the Nvidia driver to get a more comfortable picture.