|Screen Size||24 inches|
HP W2408H 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
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- Panel type: 24 in Diagonal Widescreen Thin Film Transistor LCD Active Matrix
- Rotates / Height Adjustment / Swivel and Tilt Function
- 1920x1200 Resolution and 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 5 ms response time
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Top Customer Reviews
It's VERY easy to set up and is crystal clear. ( I mean, razor sharp -- no stretched or blurred look anywhere!) However, there was something not quite right with the colors (especially greens) that really bothered me. PLUS the HP "My Display" software that goes with it that contains all of the drivers etc, is not fully functional on non HP machines. (meaning no calibration was available for color or contrast beyond what's built into the monitor itself which was never enough to fix my problem) I was so frustrated and disappointed. (I had been warned of this on another site but thought I'd take a gamble) Well, after trying to hook it up via the HDMI (from VGA) cable that came with it to a new $150 video card -- the colors were still way off and now the screen was all jumpy from that stupid card...(that went right back!) Then, I noticed something when I right clicked on my desktop to adjust my display settings (in XP pro) there was a selection (that had been there all along...duh) that said NVIDIA Control Panel (my internal graphics card) and I was able to calibrate the colors and adjust everything else there and now everything's hunky dory! When it first boots up, the colors look a little neon-ish again but within seconds it goes to the profile I created from my graphics card software. I am sure many would have figured it out sooner than I did, I just wanted to prevent anyone else from beating their head against the wall for a week like I did if I could.Read more ›
I uninstalled the monitor's software, dragged out my venerable $100 Pantone ColorVision ColorPlus (the consumer colorimeter sensor for monitors) and it gave me a nice, clean image in minutes. A worthwhile investment for anyone.
The monitor's wide-screen real estate makes editing hundreds of photos quite a bit easier than with the old square CRT. It also uses less power and produces less heat than a CRT, a nice plus these days. The image is smooth, even and neutral with calibration. Like any LCD, though, you do need to view the screen "on axis."
Just to verify what others have said, the built-in speakers are total garbage: weak, tinny, and pointed out the rear so you cannot hear what little sound they do produce. You definitely need external speakers.
With the exception of the crummy speakers and the iffy calibration software, the monitor is excellent. Five stars.
When I first got the monitors, I had to use a DVI to VGA adapter while I waited for my DVI to HDMI adapters (about $15/piece) to arrive and during that time I was quite disappointed. The text was blurry and it had some significant ghosting issues where there would be a white "shadow" of every hard line displayed. I decided to wait until I got the HDMI adapter before I decided whether or not to return them.
Once I received the DVI to HDMI adapters (DVI and HDMI are exactly the same technology, just different connectors) I was pleasantly surprised. Not only were all the ghosting and blur issues fixed, the display overall looked better than I ever anticipated. The specs may or may not be up to the UltraSharp line, but to my eye these monitors beat the UltraSharps hands down.
One caveat is how the amazing picture is achieved. It seems the display may be over-saturating the colors. I've noticed significant saturation just in the OS X interface. For screen-to-print calibration, it's not the best choice, but as long as you keep in mind that what you're seeing on screen is much more colorful than what will print, you'll be fine. Despite the fact that it is a hyper-realistic image, it's worth the "wow" you'll say every time you boot up.
Just make sure you keep it all digital. DVI to VGA looks HORRIBLE.
What I really like is the new e-mail reader on Vista being able to have my folders listed to the left of the screen and immediately right of that have a colum listing all the e-mails in my inbox and plenty of screen left to the right to display the actaul e-mail message itself. This way you have amuch better look at all the emails you have versus the little pane on top of the e-mail messages showing only a handful of messages.
Plus the screen is so big that working with multiple windows open is a lot easier because you have enough room to see a lot more of all the window. Another plus I found is when reading my hometown newspaper online, it comes up as a PDF file and on other screens it was rather small and required enlargement with a lot of scrolling. With this screen I have no problems viewing the newspaper at all.
I haven't used the rotating screen function, this screen is big enough to use in the landscape mode, plus it seems to be a littel awkward to rotate such a big screen.
I did buy a small metal screen pad from Staples to lift it up a few inches and like that better, it just didn't raise up as high as I would like, I've found this to be true on all of the monitors out there so it's nothing specific for this model. Just a general ergonomic thing for me. Plus I like the little stand as it really doesn't take up any more space than the monitor then the speakers easily fit under the monitor and I have room to place the tape dispensor ect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this monitor for years. Probably when it first came out around 2008 I believe. I got lucky and purchase a refurbished one, which ended up being a brand new one, but just... Read morePublished 19 days ago by D Tran
I bought this monitor in 2008 and it's been going wonderfully strong with very heavy gaming and video editing usage. Rich colors and sharp images in a 1920x1200 resolution. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Levantine
As others have written, I've had this monitor for 8 years and it rocks. It provides greater than sRGB colors in most parts of the spectrum, and has 1200 pixels vertically when... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James
I've had this monitor for 8 years and it still works and looks amazing. Cant beat the quality and durability here.Published 5 months ago by josh becka
Great Monitor! Purchased when they first came out. It has been wonderful. Beautiful color, speakers, USB, vertical/horizontal positioning. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dan Cointrip
Hard to beat this monitor. If you want 'true' colors you will need to calibrate this monitor just like you will any other monitor. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Rachel Bailey
HP makes good displays, especially considering the price. The colors were amazing, and it held up well for the professional video work I do. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Jack Tailor
this monitor is great... but I noticed at least one was priced at nearly double to triple its real retail price when bought years ago. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Tulsaboyw
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