At a Glance
When it comes to readable documents and vivid images, the HP LP2275w offers a solid, no-frills display that would make a good choice for users seeking a widescreen monitor that delivers the best of both worlds. At $349, it is priced slightly higher than other 22-inch displays, but its image quality would be worth the cost.
During subjective evaluations in our lab, the LP2275w showed sharp, easy-to-read text on our test screen of different-sized fonts. It also performed well in our color tests: When showing a photo of fruit, the monitor displayed bright, realistic colors.
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Some screens in our tests showed a rather high contrast, however. HP states that the display has a contrast ratio of 1000:1, but the contrast we saw seemed a bit extreme. In a few screens, the overblown contrast between the white background and objects in a portrait looked downright unrealistic. It almost looked as if the figures in the picture had been pasted in with Photoshop. We were able to fix the contrast using the display's controls.
The LP2275w is a nice display with a clean design. It offers smooth tilt and swivel adjustments, and can pivot as well. It omits an HDMI port, but does include a DVI port and a DisplayPort (HP includes VGA to DVI adapter cable). One upstream and four downstream USB ports are situated at the rear of the display.
|Native Resolution||1680 x 1050|
|Connections||1 DVI, 1 DisplayPort|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees|
|Response Time||6ms gray to gray|
|Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches)||18.8 x 10 x 19.9|
|Special Features||4 port USB hub|
Macworld buying advice
It doesn't have a lot of features, but for users seeking a general purpose monitor on which to get basic tasks done, the LP2275w certainly should fit the bill.
[Kalpana Ettenson is a senior editor for PC World.]