You do get a USB hub, with four USB ports available – two on the bottom of the display and two of the left hand side. Personally, I really like having this feature on my PC – you can never have too many easily accessible USB ports to hand. If you’re wondering how the two ports at the bottom can be considered to be easily accessible then well done, as this leads me nicely on to another great feature on the w2408h, the fantastic stand which offers both tilt, rotate and height adjustment and is the same design as featured on HP’s 22in w2207. The spring loaded stand is oblong and does sit firmly on the desk, but also rests on a circular disc that enables it to pivot side to side as well. The stand also provides a very agreeable place to stow your keyboard, should you wish to temporarily free up some space on your desk. In fact, if you have an HP keyboard, you’ll find it’s designed to sit perfectly in the indentation – which is a good bit of design.
While it also has a small amount of forward tilt, about five degrees, the screen will tilt all the way back until it faces directly upwards, which is obviously not going to be much use. However, it conjunction with the height adjustment, with a range of 8.5cm, it enables you to get the optimum viewing angle. The monitor will also rotate to the side giving you a full portrait mode, which is a great feature at this price.
The design is clean and simple and there are four buttons on the bottom right. Pressing the menu button brings up an OSD which matches the stylish design of the externals, giving a consistency of design. Unusually, the menu doesn’t offer direct access to brightness and contrast. Instead, the second from left brings up the volume control for the built-in speakers. The speakers are placed at the rear of the monitor so your not getting the sound projected right at you, though it’s a moot point as the sound it pretty feeble – I’ve heard better from 2W speakers, and it actually distorted as I raised the volume, which was disappointing.
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