HP L2045w'a good, inexpensive LCD without a lot of flaws

| GCN Lab Review | For just $279, you really can't go wrong with this extremely accurate monitor.

HP L2045w

DOWN TO DETAILS: The HP L2045W was impressive in its display of fine details and it's good for video viewing.

Image Quality: A

Features: B+

Value: A

Price: $279

Pros: Best at display of fine details.

Cons: Slight trouble with vivid color stepping.

The HP L2045w is one of the smallest displays in this roundup, with a 20-inch screen, but it also has one of the smallest prices. For just $279, you really can't go wrong with this extremely accurate monitor.

The biggest strength of the L2045w is its ability to display fine details accurately in images. In this respect, it was actually better than the top-dog Eizo s2431W. However, given the smaller screen size, fine detail display is a little bit easier, but no less impressive. In our testing, even images with tiny details ' such as the veins in a spring leaf ' were displayed, instead of becoming lost in the background as on other monitors.

The L2045w also is extremely accurate at displaying light colors on a white background. It was not as good trying to display the same colors on a dark background but still well above average and more than acceptable for most office tasks.

The screen is relatively uniform, with an unnoticeable 11 percent difference between the brightness at the center and the corners. It is also easy to read various text displays on the screen.

You don't get a lot in terms of extras, though the monitor stand does move in all directions and can rotate into portrait mode. There is a DVI and an RGB analog input in the back, but the most impressive extra is the 5-millisecond response time of the LCD, which makes it good for video and text display.

The L2045w is a good, inexpensive LCD without a lot of flaws. The 20-inch size may be a little small in terms of modern multiwindow applications, but typical office workers might not care very much.

Hewlett-Packard, (800) 289-6947, www.hp.com

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.


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