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4.0 out of 5 stars Was surprised at the colors..., September 29, 2013
This review is from: HP 24WD 23.6-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor (Personal Computers)
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This monitor is nice and thin, but rather than connectors that go out to the side, they stick straight out the back, precluding getting it up against a wall nice and tight. There is no HDMI input, only DVI and VGA. Considering that most of the computers I or my clients have purchased recently have come with HDMI, this is a major weakness. The power cord and brick give a good reach from a power outlet, unlike some monitors I've seen with such short cables that the brick has to sit just about behind the monitor. The tilt doesn't allow for very much articulation, but there's enough there to help avoid any glaring reflection from something bright behind you like a window or light.

I plugged it into my Retina Macbook Pro via my thunderbolt docking station, and was actually pretty surprised by the result. This was replacing a 24" Viewsonic that just never did really get a good setting that allowed me to extend my Macbook desktop and keep the colors as near to each other as possible. This was glaringly apparent when you selected the same desktop background for each, since looking at them next to each other, the Viewsonic always looked annoyingly "off", and no settings on the monitor or on the Mac's RGB options for that monitor ever got it to look acceptable. This one, within a minute, I had nearly exactly replicating the color on the Retina screen of my laptop. The brightness and darkness levels aren't as good obviously, so my whites on the laptop are still brighter than the whites on the screen, but everything between white and black really is a lot nicer than the view sonic, and the blacks are much deeper on this than that Viewsonic.

I have had no issues with the buttons, other than the monitor "bounce" when you press them since they're located underneath the front edge on the right, so depressing them without steadying the monitor with the other hand means you're pushing the right side up. Nothing specific to this monitor, another monitor I also have in my office on another system is the same way, and has the same movement. Each press is registered by the monitor, with no missed presses.

The lack of speakers doesn't come into play at all for me, as I have never purchased a monitor with the intent to use its speakers. If I really need external speakers from my laptop or desktop, I use real speakers since I have the space for it on my desk.

The thin styling is nice, the colors about as good as you'd expect from a monitor at this price point, maybe actually a little better, and the blacks are much better than the view sonic could manage. A great deal at this price, but the lack of an HDMI input costs it a star.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2014 6:50:22 PM PST
PastorDrJW says:
Is it possible to set this up without a thunderbolt dock? I've hooked up monitors to my laptop using a VGA-to-hdmi converter before, but this one is not playing nice...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 7:33:11 PM PST
JDThird says:
Yes, it's just another monitor. Since I got this, I sold my Retina Macbook Pro and am now using a Surface Pro while I wait for my new Helix to arrive. I have used this both with the mini display port on the Surface directly, as well as currently through my USB 3 port replicator which has video out on it as well. I've had no problems so far with anything I've hooked up to it.
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