HP Compaq LA2205wg

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Design and features

Sporting a classy, faux brushed aluminium finish and a stand that offers more than the usual fare, HP's latest foray in the 22-inch widescreen market is attractive and feels well-built.

The initial set up was a breeze; the unit had a heft and resistance that usually isn't found in monitors in this price bracket, giving it a feel of quality. The stand itself was a particular highlight — rather than offering the usual tilt function that 22-inch monitors are restricted to, it also offered pivoting through a rubberised turntable underneath the base, making turning the monitor easier. The screen itself can be rotated 90 degrees and height adjustment is a welcome and pleasant surprise. The curved neck leading down into the base of the stand also gives space to store your keyboard and a rectangular nook in the neck serves for cable management, a nice touch for users with limited desk real-estate and a need for neatness.

Not all was perfect though, and the LA2205wg suffers a few design faults. Firstly, the bezel wasn't very rigid at the sides, resulting in distortions and blotches on the screen from even a slight pressure, such as when adjusting the monitor's position. The screen was also deeply set, resulting in distracting reflections appearing on the piano black interior bezel whenever a bright element like an icon was near the edge of the screen.

While having two extra USB ports is always a blessing, HP falls foul here too by setting them far enough back behind the panel to be inconvenient. You'll either have to rotate the monitor, or stand up and peer behind it just to see where you're plugging your device in, something that will become quickly frustrating to those who just want quick access to plug their USB stick in.

Aside from the USB upstream port that services these problem ports, the unit also offers the following which can be switched between: VGA, DVI and DisplayPort video inputs.

The menu was quite easy to navigate, with the usual fare of colour profiles, sharpness and adjustments. Dynamic contrast ratio was available, but thankfully turned off by default, avoiding the annoying brightness shifts that come with it.

Performance

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The LA2205wg generally performed well across the board. DisplayMate showed it capable of displaying from 0 through to 253 of the 255 shades possible, indicating a tendency to blow out whites a little too early. The gradient tests proved this across the board with both colour and greyscale increasing light too quickly, but thankfully the usual "crush to black" experienced with cheaper monitors wasn't present. No discolouration was noticed in the greyscale gradients.

When we played Red Faction: Guerrilla, the response time was snappy and there was no discernible ghosting or tear. High-definition video playback was weaker, with the colours slightly washed out and the motion somewhat blurry. A crisper image would have been nice, but the performance was generally satisfactory.

A darkened room highlighted some backlight uniformity issues, and light bleeding around the edges of the panel. While this is pretty much par for the course for this price level, it's a grim reminder that despite the faux brushed metal that tries to shout "PREMIUM!", this is a sub-AU$500 monitor.

Conclusion

If you can look past the design niggles like the reflective bezel and the squishy frame, the LA2205wg provides solid performance for a decent price. Don't let the AU$499 RRP turn you off — you can easily find it for less with a bit of searching. The stand helps this 22-inch unit to get a leg up on the competition — but if you're looking for 22-inch perfection and don't mind spending a bit more, our money's still on the Dell 2209WA.

Specifications

General
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.1 in x 10 in x 14.7 in
Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Native Resolution 1680 x 1050 at 60 Hz
Contrast Ratio 1000:1, 1000:1 / 3000:1 (dynamic)
Controls & Adjustments Brightness, contrast, H/V position, color temperature, phase, clock
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.1 in x 10 in x 14.7 in
Horizontal Viewing Angle 160
OSD Languages Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
Vertical Viewing Angle 160
Color Temperature 9300K, 6500K
Viewable Size 22"
Pixel Pitch 0.282 mm
Panel Type TN
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Screen Coating Anti-glare, anti-static
Horizontal Refresh Rate 83 kHz
Video Bandwidth 230 MHz
Vertical Refresh Rate 76 Hz
Connectivity
Interfaces DVI-D
VGA
DisplayPort
2 x USB downstream
USB upstream (Type B)
Power Device
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 47 - 63 Hz, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 33 Watt, 35 Watt
Display
Image Brightness 250 cd/m2
Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Video Bandwidth 230 MHz
Type LCD monitor
Miscellaneous
Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
OSD Languages Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Controls & Adjustments H/V position, brightness, clock, color temperature, contrast, phase
Color black, brushed aluminum
Manufacturer Selling Program HP Smart Buy
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Backlight Life 50,000 hours
Power
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 2 Watt, 1 Watt
Power Supply internal
Chassis
Built-in Devices USB hub
Environmental Standards
EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Gold
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Software / System Requirements
Included Software HP Display Assistant
Video Input
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI), DisplayPort
Mechanical
Rotation Angle 90
Height Adjustment 4.7 in
Display Position Adjustments Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt
Tilt Angle 35, 40
Image
Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
Dimensions & Weight
Width 20.1 in
Depth 10 in
Height 14.7 in
Weight 14.99 lbs
Header
Brand HP
Product Line HP Compaq
Model LA2205wg
Localization English
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Projector
Max V-Sync Rate 76 Hz
Max H-Sync Rate 83 KHz
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
Width (Shipping) 23.3 in
Depth (Shipping) 19.4 in
Height (Shipping) 9.1 in
Weight (Shipping) 24.91 lbs
Cable Details
Type DVI cable, USB cable, VGA cable
Included Qty 1
Length 6 ft
Cable Details DVI-D to DVI-D
Software
Type HP Display Assistant
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty, technical support
Service Included parts and labor, phone consulting
Location on-site
Full Contract Period 3 years, 90 days
Response Time 24 hours
TV Tuner
TV Tuner Presence No
Interfaces
Type DVI-D, DisplayPort, USB downstream, USB upstream, VGA

Where To Buy

Price
$195.00

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Where To Buy

HP Compaq LA2205wg

Part Number: NM274AA
Price
$195.00