Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve seen an hp monitor, so I wasnâ€™t entirely sure what to expect. That said, what better way to make an impression than with a 23in widescreen display. The 2335 isnâ€™t quite as sleek and stylish as the ViewSonic VP231wb, but that might be because I like black bezels more than silver ones. The 2335 is still a pretty good looking monitor though, and the silver bezel does give it TCO â€™03 accreditation, if youâ€™re bothered about such things.
The silver bezel has a rounded finish to it, and although itâ€™s larger than the ViewSonic, itâ€™s still slim enough not to spoil the look. hp has also been smart enough not to spoil the lines of the 2335 by putting too many logos and model names on it. Below the screen, on the front fascia, youâ€™ll find seven buttons. On the far right is the power button, with an indicator light next to it. Next to this is the Menu button, which is labelled with an image representing a menu. The next two buttons are labelled with up and down arrows, as well as 1 and 2 â€“ the latter allows you to switch between D-SUB and DVI inputs when not in the OSD. Next up is the auto adjust button, which is always handy to have. To the left of the auto adjust is an input select button which switches between the many input options. Finally thereâ€™s a picture-in-picture button â€“ but Iâ€™ll come back to that a bit later.
The base isnâ€™t too large and wonâ€™t take up a massive amount of desk space. There is a central column on which the screen is mounted, and like ViewSonicâ€™s VP stands, this incorporates dampened, telescopic vertical height adjustment. However, the stand on the hp allows the screen to be raised about 1.5in higher than the ViewSonic. The increased vertical movement means that the hp 2335 has enough room to pivot the screen, and the result is pretty impressive. Twisting the 2335 into portrait mode gives you a format thatâ€™s ideal for anyone editing large documents, or a programmer working on masses of code. Although not everyone will be concerned with the pivot functionality, it does give the hp one definite advantage over the ViewSonic.
While Iâ€™m talking about advantages though, itâ€™s worth noting that the hp doesnâ€™t have a USB hub, while the ViewSonic has an integrated USB 2.0 hub. But the hp has another trick up its sleeve â€“ removing a small plastic cover on the left side of the 2335 reveals a full complement of video inputs. Here youâ€™ll find composite video, S-Video and most importantly, component video. This means that you can connect up your DVD player or digital TV box to the 2335. You can switch between all the inputs by pressing the input button â€“ this will toggle through S-Video, composite video, component video, analogue D-SUB, analogue DVI and digital DVI. Of course if youâ€™ve got a DVD player or TV tuner connected to the 2335, you can also use the picture-in-picture feature to have the video signal playing in one corner of the screen while you carry on writing a word document. You can decide exactly where you want the picture-in-picture display to be under the OSD, and how large you want the window to be. This is a great little feature, although you will need to have external speakers to make it truly useful - or at least some headphones.