Eschewing the popular piano-black, the LP2475w opts for a more muted and durable matte-black, with the bezel a subtle anthracite. This bezel is an incredibly slim 17mm all around, which together with the monitor’s remarkable adjustability makes this HP ideal for multi-display setups – so long as you have a spare £900 burning a hole in your pocket that is!
Amazingly for a monitor aimed at the business and professional graphics markets, HP also manages to throw in more connectivity than any other display in its class. Like the well-connected 2408WFP, most of the HP’s inputs are located at the bottom, easily accessible when the screen is in portrait mode.
DisplayPort is the star of the show. Despite being a physically smaller connector, this ‘sequel’ to DVI allows far higher resolutions, replacing the awkward screw-based retention system with a simple push-clip that doesn’t constantly get caught on other cables. Best of all, it’s backwards compatible with DVI and VGA, though you do need adapters for this.
Next we have an HDMI port, which is becoming commonplace on monitors. Less common is the brilliant inclusion of a digital coax audio throughput carrying the full surround sound signal provided by HDMI sources. HP really deserves kudos for this addition, which is a major trump card over the 2408WFP. Beside this you’ll find two HDCP-compliant DVI ports, although due to the absence of a dedicated VGA port some users will want to leave the provided DVI to VGA cable permanently attached.
Wii owners will be pleased with the inclusion of a component input, though HDMI is the only connection that has audio provision. S-Video and composite are also on hand, though as always we recommend you avoid using them if you can. Still, their presence is welcome for older AV equipment and things like cameras.
Last but not least, there is a USB-B upstream connector giving access to no less than six powered USB 2.0 ports, four of which are found beside the video connections, with a further two hidden behind the display’s bezel on the left. Yet another thoughtful touch is the hardware on/off switch for the truly energy-conscious. The only thing missing is a card reader as found on the Dell, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker.