I purchased the HP LP2475w 24-inch monitor a while back, looking for a nice monitor larger than the 21-inch monitor I had. After a good while of digging around I finally fell for this one, the HP LP2475w.
But as I don’t have any decent hardware stores around where I live/work, I have to really base my decisions on what other people say about the product, and then order it online. Usually not a big deal, but when shopping for a monitor, which is very much a view-to-review type product, it becomes a bit trickier. So actually reaching a decision takes some time.
But the user reviews were great, both “amateur” and “professional” reviews and it seemed like a very good product. The specs looked very good as well, it’s got a whole lotta inputs, no argue there:
- 1 DisplayPort input
- 1 HDMI input
- 2 DVI inputs
- 1 VGA input
- 1 S-Video input
- Component input
- Composite input
- 6 USB inputs
- 1920×1200 Resolution
- 6ms Response time
- 1000:1 Contrast ratio
- 400 cd/m2 Brightness
The viewing angle is fantastic (178h/178v), it’s almost impossible to not see what’s on the screen from any angle. And this monitor is super bright, too bright depending on color settings.
But those colors… No matter what I try, the colors are over saturated. I’m not done fiddling with it yet, but I sort of ran out of time at the time of purchase, so I’ll have to get back on that. It was OK out of the box, but not very good.
Actually, the monitor is fantastic as a gaming monitor. I’ve only tried the Xbox 360 using HDMI on it, no PC games, but it’s very nice.
One thing that bugs me however, is that the USB-ports doesn’t work with my Macbook Pro. There are no drivers for them, which is terrible.
Another thing that’s bugging me is that it’s incredibly slow switching between inputs. Well, maybe not actually switching if you switch manually, but scanning through all inputs. And it doesn’t activate the last used input if it’s active, nor the first active input it finds. No no. It first scans through all inputs before activating any of them. THAT is terrible. Just one of those things that makes you really dislike a product more and more for each time you use it.
All in all, I love the monitor. It’s a great monitor, and I only turn it on and off once or twice a day, so I guess I’ll have to focus on my breathing for a few seconds a day. The monitor looks good esthetically, though it’s pretty thick, but that doesn’t bother me. It’s silent, buttons are OK to navigate, and it’s got PiP (Picture in Picture). I haven’t tried that one yet, I think you can’t use two DVI or DVI/HDMI combination, I think you have to use one VGA or S-Video or something stupid like that. It’s a nifty feature, but I need the screen real estate, so I wouldn’t use it anyway.