WHAT'S NOT: You don't get any extras such as USB ports, dual inputs, or software; all you get is the monitor, with a built-in VGA cable, an adequate manual, and a power lead. Although the monitor has all of the controls that you would typically need, some of the higher-end controls (such as focus) that can help you get the most out of a monitor are absent.
WHAT ELSE: In common with all monitors that use aperture grille picture tubes, this model has two faint horizontal grey lines that are visible on bright screens: These lines don't bother most users, but some find them distracting. The maximum resolution of 1920 by 1440 is slightly lower than that of many competing models but is enough for most business applications.
UPSHOT: The low price and fine performance of the no-frills Sony CPD-E540 make it eminently suitable for general use in an office or home office.