"It hurts my eyes"on by partner0
Pros Great monitor for the price
Cons little color distortion on the top and bottom edges, DO NOT install the software with XP
Summary But the main thing about it, and I really dont get why, is that it hurts my eyes. I've been using 6 LCD screens since 2001 and never had that problem before.
No matter how strictly I follow distance and positioning ergonomic indication, or how low I get the brightness (even at 0 at night), I still get my eyes tired just like back when I was using CRTs... I wonder if this is related to the brilliant finish of the screen (as opposed to mat finish on most other monitors)
To me, as a programmer this is the one most important thing about my monitor: It must protect my eyes.
Asside from that it is indeed an incredible screen that really delivers vivd picture, but the eye getting tired is a show stopper for me...
I dont know if it is a temporary condition of mine, I'll keep on using it for a week or so, and may just get back to my 19 inches...
I'll update the review later...
Pros Spectacular Performance, Flexible Base, and Reasonably Priced.
Cons Abysmal Sounding Integrated Speakers. Buggy Software . Need a Printed Owners Manual for Trouble-Shooting.
Summary The HP w2207 is an exceptional monitor in many respects. The ingenious design lets the user adjust the height and view (portrait or landscape) with absolute ease. In addition, you can even mount the W2207 on a wall like the larger LCDs.
The Color is brilliant, the picture is crisp, and the reflective surface delivers additional clarity. After using the monitor for several months, there has been no ghosting, stuttering, backlight bleeding, or color distortion. Even watching a DVD movie for two hours has been flawless. Please note, that in order for the monitor to perform at this level, you will need a GOOD GRAPHICS CARD installed on your computer. I have an Nvidia GeForce 7600GT (mid-range card) and the performance is exceptional. This graphics card also has its own control panel for monitor management. I simply connected the monitor to my computer and Nvidia did the rest. Therefore, I didn't bother using HP's buggy software and inadequate documentation. If you don't have a good graphics card, you may experience some difficulty with the monitor's setup or performance using HP's software. Also, use the HDMI jack to obtain the best connection possible.
The biggest con for this Monitor is the integrated speakers. This is one of the reasons I couldn't give this product a 10. The sound is abysmal. Listening to music played from a tin-can would afford the listener a better experience. This disgraceful oversight by HP has ruined an almost perfect product. Also, they should have included an S-Video input for more connectability. And, a printed Owner's manual would have been most helpful during trouble-shooting, if your monitor isn't "functional."
In conclusion, this is a Spectacular Monitor for a reasonable price. The brilliance and clarity produced by the HP w2207 is exceptional. The design is beautiful, intelligent and flexible. If you can work around the minor software and speakers issues, this is one of the best Monitors your money can buy.
Purchased the HP w2007 from the MicroCenter Computer store.Updated
Correction in the second paragraph, last sentence. It is DVI not HDMI.Updated
In the second paragraph, last sentence I mentioned the connectivity as being HDMI. This is incorrect. It should read: DVI.
Pros Great picture, height adjustment
Cons Speakers are limited in sound quality
Summary I have a 12" Apple powerbook G4 laptop and this monitor worked as soon as I plugged it in. No software or drivers to load. The picture is very clear and the screen is large enough for me to be on the web, compose an email and still watch a movie. I am very happy with it.
I love the fact that the monitor has sure a large height adjustment. I am 6-2 and I lower the monitor for normal work, like composing or reading, but like to raise the monitor if I am just watching a movie. The wide screen is a nice improvement over my 20" CRT.
Finding the right video cable required the most work. The monitor came with a VGA and USB cable, but my laptop has a mini-DVI connector, so I had to go to an Apple store to get either an adapter for the VGA or a DVI cable. Since a DVI cable is digital and will give you a better picture I went with the DVI adapter and then had to buy a DVI-D cable.
This monitor has a DVI-D connector. I didn't find a DVI cable at either Circuit city or Best buy and was surprised to find most clerks didn't know what a DVI cable was. Fry's electronic store is one place that has them.
I know some people would like to see a DVI cable included, but not every computer can support that connector. In fact, most of the older ones can't and just like the VGA cable I threw away. Why make us pay for something we may not be able to use?
I bought this monitor in part because of the built in speakers. The speakers are on the back and while watching a movie it was great to have the sound coming from what seemed like the screen, just like in the movie theater and not coming speakers on the side. The volume has loud enough when sitting this close to the monitor. But I noticed when I used the speakers with itunes and wanted to fill the room, the lack of a subwoofer was clear.
Pros Clean design, beautiful and accurate colour rendition, crisp contrast, no ghosting or stuttering, adjustable viewing height/angle/90 degree rotation for text editing
Cons screen starts to fade when viewed from an angle...best used straight on and not the best for multi-monitor users (unless it's your main screen)...but that's a minor complaint
Summary For the price, I can't imagine a more well-rounded monitor. Excellent colour reproduction, clear crisp images with no ghosting or stutter, and excellent brightness. Tons of screen real estate...you'll wish you'd bought this sooner if you're still using a 17 or 19 inch CRT. Very highly recommended.
Pros bright, USB included, pivots
Cons major problems with calibration, text rendering
Summary Display on my new iMac was perfect straight out of the box, no need to adjust anything, this wasn't by ANY measure. Grossly washed out, very harsh on the eyes text.
After one hour of trying to calibrate this monitor (Somehow HP was too lazy to include a predefined color profile), much improvement but still far from what I see on my iMac. So despite my best efforts I have two screens now sitting side by side, one clearly inferior in terms of text rendering and that's the HP. Another problem: color shifts if you look at it from anything but a perfect 90 degree angle, this is especially pronounced in the portrait mode where additionally corners are much dimmer even when in perfect straight on viewing situation. Reflective (i.e. highly polished mirror like finish) not very helpful in normal usage, nice for video though.
The monitor could use S-video input at this price ($330)
Will probably return it to the store.
(minor quibble: I like clean elegant Apple styling, being forced to look at a shiny phony-chrome HP logo, little buttons and totally unnecessary labeling all day long is simply not nice, also the stand is way too massive, out of place visualy speaking)Updated
color shifts are more of the issue here than I initially though. The display has a very narrow field of view, just moving Safari window from normal position all the way to the bottom causes the top to vary from darkish yellowish tint first, more or less normal metallic in the middle and washed out version on the bottom. 20" iMac native display shows nothing of the kind. Disappointing for a $330 monitor.Updated
I'm downgrading this to mediocre. Go and see test here: http://www.displaycalibration.com/brightness_contrast.html
This monitor fails both test, top and bottom panel and barely passes the one in the middle. (they test monitor ability to minute changes in brightness. No amount of adjustment can correct it in my experience. Having iMac sitting next to this monitor is enlightening, move the test window above and all off the sudden all test are passed with flying colors.Updated
I'm downgrading it to mediocre. No amount of adjustment can make it pass this simple test. http://www.displaycalibration.com/brightness_contrast.html. See for yourself. Just moving that window from HP to my iMac makes all the difference in the world and that's with no adjustment on Apple side. Apple rules! HP stin.s.Updated
this awful monitor to the store means 15% restocking fee (Circuit City, $50), so I'm stuck with it. Somebody needs to sue HP (class action?) for selling a monitor that cannot be adjusted to meet basic color reproduction requirements (http://www.displaycalibration.com/brightness_contrast.html) and has unacceptable, disqualifying variation in brightness. Also CNET for grossly misleading review. Any takers?
(minor corrections to what I said before a) brightness is not that good, most Apples and Dells are significantly brighter, b) the stand is actually good, very stable which is important and rarely seen in other monitors)