HP LP2465 flat panel monitor

The HP LP2465 is a 24-inch desktop LCD display with a 16-by-10 wide-screen aspect ratio that immediately made me think of the cinema. This affordable display’s bright and colorful screen features a quick, six-millisecond, gray-to-gray pixel response time, which helps when viewing motion-heavy graphics in games and movies.

Setting up the display was straightforward. It has two DVI ports and automatically displayed its native 1,920-by-1,200 pixel resolution when connected to a Mac. While some displays include ports for connecting consumer electronic devices like DVD players, TVs, video game consoles, and even flash memory cards, the LP2465 has more modest connectivity options: just the DVI ports and an integrated two-port USB hub.

My pet peeve with Apple’s Cinema Displays is the lack of height adjustability, but that won’t be a problem with the LP2465. This silver, thin-bezel display is highly adjustable—it can swivel, pivot into portrait orientation, move up and down, and tilt back and forth—making it easy to set the display to a comfortable position.

Once set up, the display fared well in our jury tests, earning scores of Very Good in all test categories. It has easy-to-read text (even at very small typefaces), only a small loss of contrast when viewing the display at off-center angles, and accurate colors. The colors weren’t as vibrant as with some other monitors we’ve tested, and they look lightly faded when compared to the more expensive NEC MultiSync 2190UXi (   ).

jury tests

Viewing Angle Very Good
Color Fidelity Very Good
Text Legibility Very Good

Scale = Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor

specifications

Size 24 inches
Native Resolution 1,920-by-1,200
Connections 2 DVI, 1 analog
Viewing Angle 178 degrees
Brightness 500 CD/m2
Contrast Ratio 1,000:1
Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches) 14.6 x 9.1 x 22
Special Features Height adjustment, pivot, USB hub
Warranty 3 years

Macworld’s buying advice

Though the HP LP2465’s connection options aren’t quite as plentiful as some monitors we’ve seen recently, and we’ve seen brighter and more vivid LCDs, it is a good choice if you’re looking for a large, affordable wide-screen LCD.

[ James Galbraith is Macworld ’s lab director. ]

Editor’s Note: This story was reposted at 11:10 a.m. PT on February 9, 2007, to list the correct aspect ratio and native resolution specifications for the HP LP2465. Neither correction affected the product’s mouse rating.

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