Review Price £341.21
Getting onto image settings, there are plenty of adjustments available but no presets to save them to, so it's a case of configuring HP's LP2475w to its optimal for what you use it for most of the time or fiddling with settings when switching between different usage models. In addition to a user RGB mode, custom colour settings are available, as are temperature presets of 9300K and 6500K.
In keeping with its pedigree as a high-end H-ISP display for professional users and those who demand colour accuracy, the LP2475w has full support for DDC/CI profiles, which is basically a software profile that can control features such as brightness, contrast and colour temperature to give consistent presets and 'ideal' settings.
None of the above would be much good without a panel to match, but HP has delivered in this regard. Traditional downsides to IPS panel technology (such as slower response times and slightly weaker black levels) have purportedly been eliminated in the latest H-IPS revisions of this technology, while maintaining the strengths of excellent viewing angles and accurate colours.
To sweeten the deal further the LP2475w offers 92 per cent of the NTSC colour gamut courtesy of its W-CCFL backlighting, something you'll be able to enjoy without distraction due to the anti-reflective screen.
As expected, the LP2475w aced practically every test we could throw at it. Text was never less than sharp, it displayed both the lightest and darkest shades in our greyscale testing without breaking a sweat, and colours across the board were vibrant but not oversaturated. Best of all, as expected of an IPS panel, viewing angles were as close to perfect as LCD gets, with not even a hint of contrast or colour shift no matter how far off-centre we were. Backlight distribution was also very good, with no sign of bleed, helping to make blacks look truly black.
Thanks to all the above, HP's LP2475w makes as good a case for itself in gaming and entertainment scenarios as in more professionally-oriented tasks such as image editing. Speaking of gaming, as the 6ms GTG response time would suggest, there was no noticeable ghosting on this monitor, while thanks to the excellent contrast it was possible to spot details lesser screens fail to bring out. Also, if your PC isn't quite up to running games at the panel's native 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, you'll be glad to hear the LP2475w does an excellent job of scaling lower resolutions.
In anything but PC DVI mode, aspect ratio, dynamic contrast and sharpening options are available. Aspect ratio options include Fill to Screen (self-explanatory), Aspect Ratio (stretches the image as much as possible without distorting) and One to One (maps the feed exactly as received down to the last pixel), covering every possible usage scenario. There's also a Dynamic Contrast Control (DCC) system, which does a good enough job that it's actually worth turning it on provided you're not doing colour-critical work.
When watching films and videos, whatever artefacts and noise are present in the original will be faithfully displayed by the HP, since in common with most monitors it doesn't have any kind of video processing. However, when viewing a clean HD source this Full HD display puts in an excellent performance.