hp 2335

One thing that does puzzle me is that the 2335 is supposed to be hp’s business focussed 23in monitor, and I would consider picture-in-picture to be a very consumer type of feature. That said, it’s still a great additional function and sets the hp apart from the competition.

At the rear of the screen you’ll find both DVI and D-SUB inputs, as well as a standard kettle type power connector. The latter highlights another advantage that the hp has over the competition – an integrated power supply. Unlike the ViewSonic which needs a very large external power brick, the hp just plugs straight into the mains. It’s true that the screen is a little thicker, but not significantly so, and I think that the internal power supply more than makes up for slightly increased girth.

Firing up DisplayMate showed that the hp exhibited almost identical image quality to the ViewSonic, which would lead me to believe that both monitors are using the same 23in LCD panel. However, looking at the specifications of both screens it’s obvious that the panels are not the same, since the hp panel has a 25ms response time compared to the 16ms response time in the ViewSonic. That said, I did play Counter Strike Source on both screens and had no problem with either, apart from the fact that I couldn’t run it at the ludicrously high native resolution. However, someone who does feel that they can notice a significant difference between a 16ms and 25ms screen when playing games may prefer the ViewSonic. The hp was perfectly capable of producing smooth video as well without any smearing, although this is not surprising considering the video inputs.

The hp sports the same 1,920 x 1,200 native resolution as the ViewSonic, and the result is equally impressive. In fact, I currently have both screens on my desk in a dual monitor setup, and I imagine I’ll be close to tears when they both have to go back.

In the DisplayMate test screens the hp had the same problems trying to resolve smooth graduations from high to low intensity. There was a significant amount of banding, especially in the low intensity end of the spectrum. However, the colour scales showed a smooth and uniform fade from high to low intensity, and all the bars dropped off right at the end, showing little sign of compression – again, just like the ViewSonic.

The DisplayMate results would lead you to believe that the 2335 wouldn’t be ideal for image editing, but I didn’t see too much of a problem here. As with the ViewSonic I launched Photoshop and worked on a number of high resolution images, and the hp 2335 did a sterling job. I dare say that a true digital imaging professional might spot some of the issues highlighted by DisplayMate though, so if you fall into that category it’s worth having a first hand play with either of these screens.

Once again, price is obviously a major consideration, and the hp will set you back slightly more than the ViewSonic at £1,449.98 including VAT. Of course for the extra money you are getting video inputs, picture-in-picture and pivot functionality, so the price difference is more than justified.

Verdict

The hp 2335 is a stunning monitor with a very strong feature set. The image quality isn’t perfect, but it’s on a par with the ViewSonic. The ability to pivot the screen, coupled with the video inputs and picture-in-picture functionality, give the hp the edge over the ViewSonic in my book – while the integrated power supply is the icing on the cake. Unless you’re desperate for a 16ms response time, I’d say that this hp is the best large screen TFT currently available.

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