Also worth mention is the software HP includes. LiteSaver and Pivot Pro are handy rather than essential, as the former is an advanced screensaver and the latter just pivots content faster than Window’s native drivers. HP Display Assistant is more interesting, allowing you to make the same adjustments as the OSD more easily with the help of a set of test patterns. Best of all, the settings you end up with can be saved to multiple profiles for various usage scenarios or indeed different users.
Its warranty is another aspect of the LP2475w that’s worthy of praise, as HP provides a three-year parts, labour and on-site service contract, with 90 days of 24/7 technical support thrown in for good measure.
Just to summarise, then, HP’s LP2475w offers a quality wide-gamut 24in 1,920 x 1,200 H-ISP panel in an unassuming yet well-built chassis with all the adjustability and connectivity you could ever want. Image quality is as close to perfect as we’ve seen in this price class and, as a side note, the monitor also produces less heat than most with no noticeable operating noise.
Getting onto value, prices for the LP2475w have been fluctuating dramatically since its introduction, ranging between £460 and £360. Currently the cheapest it appears to be available for is around £420, which is still a real bargain and compares favourably to rival displays such as the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP and NEC’s MultiSync LCD24WMGX3.
With the Dell, there really is no comparison: aside from the UltraSharp 2408WFP’s slightly superior styling, the HP offers better connectivity in its digital audio output, superior ergonomics and image quality that leaves Dell’s display eating pixelated dust.
On the other hand, the NEC offers a more interesting alternative. When first introduced it cost the wrong side of £600, but that price has since come down to around £400. Aimed at the consumer rather than professional market, the LCD24WMGX3 thus has a glossy chassis finish, while its awkward stand offers less adjustability than HP’s and lacks pivot. It has fewer video inputs (no DisplayPort), but unlike the HP does offer audio in and outputs for all its connections, including digital out for its twin HDMIs.
In terms of image quality NEC’s latest is more difficult to set up than the LP2475w due to a wealth of options, processing and presets. These require a lot of fine-tuning to get the best out of its AMVA panel, but also offer more flexibility. Despite this HP’s H-IPS panel still offers slightly better image quality overall, not to mention a wider gamut. A unique factor in NEC’s favour is that it comes with an ergonomic remote that can control every element of the display including inputs and volume. Which one you go for really depends on what you want to use it for, but overall we’d say the HP is the better display.
Though the competition from NEC offers more consumerist features, the HP LP2475w trumps it in most other regards. Image quality is outstanding, offering near-flawless performance in everything from HD films and console games to office work and intensive image editing, while the price means it’s within the reach of enthusiasts with a discerning eye. Overall, it’s one of the best all-round 24in displays we’ve seen, so comes highly recommend.