HP’s 2009m is an affordable 20-inch widescreen display that produced impressive image quality in our subjective tests. We saw nuanced, accurate skin tones in photographs, and found small fonts easy to read. The screen has a glossy, anti-reflective coating that gives the display a nice sheen—and thankfully, the coating also seems to enhance the screen’s readability rather than detract from it.
The 2009m’s 16:9 aspect ratio and 1,600-by-900 native resolution makes it appropriate for showing HD content. However, the 2009m does not have an HDMI connection—-it offers only VGA and DVI ports. The ports are set in at the back of the display; to plug in cables, it’s actually easier to lay the display down on its face, which isn’t the best (or most convenient) thing to do.
|Color Fidelity||Very Good|
Scale = Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor
If the lack of an HDMI port and the placement of the existing ports aren’t deal-breakers for you, the 2009m won’t disappoint. Our motion tests showed little visible blurring, a good sign that the display should be a fine choice for watching movies or playing games.
To access the easy-to-navigate on-screen controls, you must use buttons that are set into the lip of the bottom bezel. The display can swivel only on its stand, and tilts with a slightly aggressive push. It cannot pivot.
Macworld’s buying advice
Despite a few drawbacks—no HDMI connection and little physical adjustabililty—the 2009m is a very reasonably priced monitor that offers great image quality.
[Kalpana Ettenson is a senior editor for PC World.]
|Native Resolution||1600 x 900|
|Connections||1 DVI, 1 VGA|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees|
|Response Time||5ms on-off|
|Dimensions (height x depth x width in inches)||19.8 x 7.2 x 14.6|