Pros Excellecnt picture, solid build quality, great deal
Cons Awkward pivot, software sucks
Summary Okay, I think we can all agree that the bundled HP software on this thing totally sucks. Here's a novel solution: DON'T USE IT.
Now that we're past that, maybe we should look at what you actually spent your money on: the monitor itself.
I was trying to decide between the w2207 and the Samsung 226BW. Both have excellent image quality, and both are similar in price. The HP uses the high-gloss 'Brightview' treatment that enhances contrast and gives a deeper, 'richer' image. The Samsung does not. Now, for imaging professionals who need color to be SPOT ON, it's probably not the best-suited monitor for Photoshop work. But I enjoy the image quality on it and love to watch DVDs on it.
The build quality of the HP is FAR SUPERIOR to the Samsung. The Samsung features a thinner bezel, but the stand is small and cheap-feeling. The HP has a wider, glossy bezel that matches the screen, plus a much less obtrusive ON-OFF button (the Samsung's is an annoying blue LED). Although you can't turn the HP without turning the whole stand, you get very solid-feeling elevation and angle adjustments from the HP's stand.
The monitor pivot, although a good idea, is probably not going to be used by most of us. Using it is a little awkward, the HP's stand can barely accomodate it. Use your NVIDIA or ATI drivers to actually reset the resolution and orientation and you're good to go... not the most elegant solution but it works.
All told, you really can't lose with this monitor for the price. I bought mine from Circuit City for $280 + sales tax. It's perfect for general-purpose use, websurfing, watching DVDs and DIVXs, and gaming LOOKS AWESOME on it. Playing Quake4, BF2 and BF2142, Far Cry.... they all look amazing. I am really excited for Crysis to come out, just to be able to play it on this monitor. Go get one, you won't be let down!
Pros Top quality every aspect.
Cons I have an nVidia PCI-E and it and the w2207 are synergistic.
Summary Only complaint is that HP should simply state to go straight to the nVidia web site and download the latest drivers and install instead of using the HP install disk.
WOW! what a combo!
Pros great color and very crisp...
Cons the coating on the sreen provides the crispness but makes for a nasty glare... DO NOT use the software!!!!
Summary Well basically this was the next best thing for me to buy since i can't get a guarantee of a (S) series Samsung 226BW which is the best on the market if you can get that particular series.
I would have to say that the w2207 has re-instilled my faith in HP products other than their business class equipment. First off as a sales person this monitor is treating me good with not having any returns. I have sent about 17 (out of 83) back though because the screen does have a fading problem that can not always be fixed by adjusting the tilt and such. I am told its a generation one problem of the screen and they did fix it in the second manufacturing run in march.
As a experienced computer technician...
The screen has a horrendous glare produced by the coating it has but that is a sacrifice i am willing to make for the crispness and clarity that is creates. Although this coating is a way of cheating over other manufacturers for "wow" effect on the shelf i do feel this monitor would be junk without that coating.
The HP software is crap as per all of HP's OEM software so i was not surprised by the fact that this software is COMPLETELY useless. Just use the default windows software and if you have enough technical experience there is a way to pull the "inf" driver file and "icm" file out of the software and manually install it if you so choose too.
The color of this screen is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL when you get it configured corrctly which does depend on your video card and DVI cable.
Overall i would say that this screen is the best and only 22" LCD worth the money since Samsung is incapable of manufacturing a consistent product.
9 out of 10
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Pros Tilt Feature allows you to edit a full page without scrolling
Cons Nothing so far
Summary This monitor came bundled with a new HP that I purchased for my wife - the deal was that I'd keep the monitor and she'd keep the PC.
I think I got the better half of the deal - since I work with contracts, proposals, and documents all day I leave the monitor in the tilted position. This allows me to edit document in full page mode, without losing anything to size. I actually get to see an entire 8.5 x 11 page in slightly larger than life size mode - makes editing a breeze because there is no scrolling. This applies to landscape pages also.
I've had no problems with the software like other users have had - of course I'm using an HP monitor on an HP desktop, so maybe I'm biased here. As I've said previously, the tilt function works like a champ, the resolution if fantastic, I simply love this monitor.
Pros Brillent picture, pivot 90 degrees, software to adjust
Cons None yet, maybe 6 bit color if you can notice I can't
Summary After Shopping around and trying different monitors, I learned that You can get allot better for a bit more money.
I had no problem installing the software, The pivot function works great, Out of the box you get, A CD for the setup software, Instructions , The Monitor , a VGA cable, HDMI cable which I'm using, USB cable for the USB hub on the side of the monitor and audio cable for the speakers I don't use.
The glossy screen makes the colors more vibrant and the text more crisp, the stand is very effective at being able to lower or raise to any height up to about 20cm
I went into Bestbuy, Staples, Costco, Futureshop and The Source, I spent a few hours looking at which monitors looked good then went home and looked it up on various research sights for reviews ans stats.
Its fare to say this is the best 22" monitors out there, I tried to like the samsung 226bw, but every time I went to look at it I just couldn't see what the big deal was, It was an "A" panel which apparently is not one of the better one's, but really thats probably what your going to get, same with dells lottery panel game, With HP your going to get an awesome looking monitor for 300 to 400 bucks. They use an LG-Philips panel I think but I might be wrong..
I'm not an expert in anyway but after 2 weeks of reading and trying all sorts of different models I'm glad I went with this one.Updated
Included is a DVI cable not HDMI as i previously mentioned, sorry always make that mistake.