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HP w2207 22in LCD Monitor - HP w2207 22in LCD Monitor

Thankfully the HP isn't quite as expensive as the Eizo, just £239 compared to nigh on £1,000. That said this price does put the w2207 at the higher end of the market alongside the Viewsonic VX2255 and the Samsung 226BW, though in all honesty this isn't a great deal to ask considering a good monitor will last you for many years to come.

Unlike other displays in this category the HP also features a pivot mode, allowing one to use the monitor in a portrait position when looking at long documents or web pages. This adds a great deal to the flexibility of the display, and to round things off there's swivel control thanks to a small rotating disk hidden under the base of the stand.
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It's pretty clear then that the w2207 lacks no adjustability, but what about performance? As with the majority of monitors in this market the HP utilises a 6-bit TN display panel with dithering, which artificially compensates for the lower bit rate and produces a 16.2million colour panel. Some manufacturers have got into the habit of listing this as 16.7million colours, which would indicate an 8-bit panel, but this certainly isn't the case.

This isn't ideal, but it isn't the end of the world either and other parts of the specification are far more promising. A quoted contrast ratio of 1000:1 is excellent, as is the 300cd/m2 brightness and the 5ms (on-off-on) response time, though claimed response time is generally moot. Connectivity is fairly standard, with an HDCP enabled DVI port and VGA D-Sub, though HP has also made space for a two port USB hub. An audio input on the back indicates the presence of some in built speakers, albeit hidden ones, and as ever they are very poor – what else is new?
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Setting up the monitor was a trifling affair as the w2207 comes in one piece, stand and all. In the box HP provides everything you'll need, including a power, DVI and D-Sub cables as well as a USB cable and an audio cable. As is fairly typical all documentation is provided on CD.

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