HP DreamColor LP2480zx - 24in Professional LCD Monitor - Design & Adjustability

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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HP DreamColor LP2480zx - 24in Professional LCD Monitor


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Finished largely in a discreet charcoal black, save for a touch of silver on the base, the LP2480zw is every bit the industrial piece of design you might expect. Its stand and base are large and reassuringly secure, while there's a pleasing lack of clutter, with just an HP logo at the top, model number in the bottom left and OSD controls being the only permanent elements adorning the relatively slim bezel.

Being a professional display also ensures no lack of adjustability, something that's overlooked by far too many people - take a look at our Are You Sitting Comfortably? feature to find out why you should care. Built into the base is a swivel range of 45 degrees either side of centre, with other adjustments including tilt from minus five to 35 degrees, height adjustment with a ten centimetre range as well as a full 90 degree pivot.

This is basically all one could ask for and by and large it's an easy display to adjust. At the back there's a handle, which makes it easy to adjust the height as well move the unit from desk-to-desk. There's also a pleasing lack of irritating (and easy to lose) fastening pins, since there's a button operated lock mechanism should you need to lock the display and move it.

Putting the unit together is relatively straightforward, too. Out of the box all you need do is slide the display onto the stand mounting and away you go: no screws, no fuss. This also makes it easy to disassemble: just quickly slide across the locking wheel, hold down the base, and lift the display up by its handle. You can, of course, wall mount (or arm mount) the display using the standard VESA mounting as well.

All this flexibility is very welcome (not least demanded), but due to its conventional design the LP2480zx isn't as stable as, for example, the Eizo FlexScan HD2441HD we reviewed back in July 2007. That monitor's unusual sliding mechanism ensured it didn't wobble excessively whenever a desk was jolted. This might seem a trivial matter and the HP is much better than most in this regard, but anyone who has worked in a compact modern working environment will appreciate how easily the movement of other people can disturb your concentration. We'd add, too, that though the display is largely faultless in its ease of use, we did find the swivel mechanism a tad on the stiff side - an issue partly eased by the excellent wide viewing angles.

It's telling, though, that the nature of our complaints is so small, because in almost every respect the LP2480zx is beautifully put together. It might lack the superfluous style of Apple's LED monitors, but its combination of high quality plastics and intuitive design make it great to work with on a day-to-day basis - further enhancing its professional credentials.


April 1, 2009, 6:59 am

"Now all HP need do is make a 30in version!"

No, now all they need to do is make one that's a tenth as expensive aimed at the general population.

However, hopefully all the technology in this HP will filter down to us consumers in a couple of years time. 10bit colour reproduction, and all the goodies on offer here, sound like something I'd like to upgrade to in a couple of years time, when the price is more sensible.


April 1, 2009, 7:38 am

I mean 30-bit panel (when are TR going to introduce an edit function?).


April 1, 2009, 3:11 pm

Impressive. Imagine if the cost of cars came down from tens of thousands to 2k, it would be world changing - admittedly an environmental disaster, but still a revolution.


April 1, 2009, 4:40 pm

@YG the cost has come down to that ;) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/...

Klaus Nordby

April 1, 2009, 8:26 pm

Thanks, Andy for a fascinating review of a fascinating product! I'm a heavy-duty graphics user and own an excellent 24" Eizo ColorEdge CG241W, still less than a year old -- but of course I love to read about progress in this field.

But I'd like to point out that your article seems to confuse *bit-depth* and *color gamut*. However, there is ZERO connection between these two phenomena: the color space a monitor can display (sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc.) is not in any way controlled or limited by bit-depth.

Also, 10-bits/channel sounds nice, yes -- however, we'd need a graphics card capable of outputting this, instead of the usual 8-bit/channel. So which cards would you recommend for this purpose? Years ago, Matrox made one, but since then I've heard nothing about 10-bits/channel graphics cards. If you know things I don't know -- I'll be happy to know about it! :-)


April 1, 2009, 10:15 pm

Great review. If my design career takes off I might pick one up.

A little off topic, but: It really bugs me when I see the 'percent of NTSC colour gamut' specs... this is useful for US-based video editors, but NTSC is pants for colour, PAL has more depth. We used to call it 'Never The Same Colour twice' because NTSC sets use tint control in an attempt to display more colours. Rant over.



April 2, 2009, 12:34 am

@ Klaus

The ATI HD4800 series supports 30-bit depth over DVI and DisplayPort...not sure about NVIDIA cards, but the very common HD4850 is quite affordable at US$135 or less. Probably not what the owner of such a quality display has in mind (NV QuadroFXs and ATI FireGL/FirePros more likely, which also support 30-bit depth), but could most certainly afford.

I'm thinking a few of these would look great on my desktop, too bad one of them nearly costs more than my entire setup combined...


April 2, 2009, 4:28 am

Sounds really nice...but this is professional level, which I think is out of most readers budget, including mine. It's nice to read about the cream of the crop, but I think there are far more potential buyers around the 24-27" market of between 𧶲-𧺬 mark. I'm talking selfishly about my own needs here though. It'd be so great to buy a ٠k monitor and never look back!


April 5, 2009, 6:06 pm

Klaus: Are most sRGB images not designed with 8-bit in mind? If that is the case then to display any wider gamut as well you'll need a higher bit-depth so you don't lose any of the colours the original image was intended to have.

@Pbryanw: Given that 24" 8-bit monitors are still 𧹈 I'm rather doubtful we'll see 10-bit 24" monitors at 𧶀 any time soon.

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