"Beautiful, Big Display!"5.0 starson by Brett_Walker
Pros: Monitor is very thin,
Very bright and colorful,
5ms response time is FAST,
DVI and VGA cables included,
Very good viewing angles for its class.
Cons: No speakers or audio.
Summary: I moved up to this 25" LED monitor from a 22" monitor and at first I thought it would be too big. After about 15 minutes of using it my eyes got used to the overall size. I doubt I would ever want anything bigger than this for my home computer unless I got into serious gaming and could sit further away from the screen. At this size, sitting up close is rather difficult if you want to see the entire screen so I found myself pushed back a bit from my desk and my keyboard tray pulled out a little further.
This monitor setup very easily without the need for the included CD that came with it. My computer, running Windows 7, easily installed the necessary drivers or whatever needed to get done and automatically congigured my graphics so the resolution was correct.
I did find the default display seetings a bit too bright so I went into the configuration menu to do some tweaking. The monitor was set to "Text" in the pre-configured settings and I shuffled through some of the others like "Movie", "picture" and "games". I preferred the "picture" settings as it brought out more of the color. However, I still found the brightness to be too high. There is a "custom" setting but I went to a different screen adjustment where you can set the brightness or contrast manually. I turned the brightness down from the 100% to 75% and I found it much easieer on my eyes.
I played around with various HD content such as streaming things from Youtube, Netflix and various HD movies I have on my PC. The picture is beautiful and rivals any HD TV I have in my house. I typically use my desktop as a way for one of my kids to watch a show if the other boy is watching something on TV (my 4 year old likes super heroes and my 1 year old like Blue's Clues). I have all of their movies backed up on various hard drives which I can stream to any computer or TV in my house and this 25" monitor makes everyhting look great.
I even tried using Skype to call my parents so my kids could talk to "Nana" and "Papa". While the 22" monitor made everything look great, moving up 3" makes it seem like they are in the room when using the high quality video (we both had HD webcams and cable internet).
I'm glad I decided to switch to a larger monitor. As I stated before, however, I doubt I would ever go bigger than this for everyday use of a computer. When I first opened it, I almost decided to use it as a TV (maybe put it in my oldest room at some future date), however I would need to buy some type of way to produce sound since this monitor does not have speakers. If you do have a home theater system or even a sound bar system, this monitor would look great in a small room if you wanted to use it for TV.
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Very happy with this HP monitor!