HP 2311xi - Design, OSD, and Viewing Angles

HP managed to make the right choices with their 27” ZR2740w monitor, hitting a reasonable price point without sacrificing quality. Now HP has introduced their 2311xi monitor, a 23” IPS display with LED backlighting that is designed with value in mind. Even with their value target, they haven't cut back on features, with multiple inputs and a good amount of adjustments available inside of the display.

With a street price of $200, HP is aiming directly at value priced TN displays that have ruled the low-end of the LCD market for years. We finally might be starting to move to better panels, as the price of IPS continues to come down. Has HP managed to get enough quality into a $200 display that it can convince people to move from TN panels when looking for a value display, or have there been too many sacrifices made in order to hit this aggressive price point?

The HP 2311xi is a very simple monitor on the outside. The only inputs offered are DVI, HDMI, and DSub, with no DisplayPort input. The lower right corner of the screen houses the buttons for controlling the OSD and otherwise the screen is free of any other inputs or outputs. One other item that is missing from the screen are VESA mounting holes for those that wish to use their own stand or other mounting device. The included stand offers tilt adjustment and some swivel, but offers no height or pivot adjustments so there is no way to use the 2311xi in portrait mode.

The OSD system is okay but not great, as you use two buttons for both left/right and up/down control, which continues to be a pet peeve of mine. However it does have a full array of options, including three default color temperatures and a user adjustable one, overdrive, sharpness, dynamic contrast, and more. It also has a DDC mode that works quite well I found, so if your calibration solution supports DDC you can have it configured automatically for you.

As you would expect from an IPS panel, the viewing angles are quite good and far beyond what TN can give you. Moving far off-axis we don’t see any color shift but do start to see a shift in the contrast at the very extreme angles. With a 23” display you aren’t going to run into any issues with viewing angles on the 2311xi no matter how you have it configured on your desk, or likely even if you are watching a movie on it from a few feet away.

HP 2311xi
Video Inputs DVI-D, Dsub, HDMI
Panel Type e-IPS
Pixel Pitch 0.265 mm
Colors 16.7 Million, 72% Color Gamut
Brightness 250 nits maximum
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Response Time 7ms GTG
Viewable Size 23"
Resolution 1920x1080
Viewing Angle 178 Horizontal and Vertical
Backlight LED
Power Consumption (operation) 29 Watts
Power Consumption (standby) < 0.6 Watts
Screen Treatment Anti-Glare Coating
Height-Adjustable No
Tilt Yes, 0 to 25 Degrees
Pivot No
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting No
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 16.4 x 24.49 x 6.26 in
Weight 9.25 lbs.
Additional Features  
Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor
Accessories DVI Cable, VGA Cable
Price $200 Online (7/15/2012)

Now that we’ve had a full overview of the HP 2311xi it is time to put it through our test bench and see how it performs. Calibration and dE measurements were done using ColorEyes Pro and an i1Pro spectrometer, and black and white level measurements were done using an i1DisplayPro and test patterns from CalPC.

HP 2311xi - Brightness and Contrast Ratios
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  • tk11 - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    Currently newegg.ca shows only 43 z77 motherboards that feature DP while 143 support DVI/HDMI. Likewise only 42 LCD monitors feature DP while 203 support DVI. Unless you're a gamer or hardware enthusiast odds are you still don't have a DP output.

    DP's release date, presence on any number of video cards, and lack of royalties can't make up for it's absence on the majority of both currently shipping and previously shipped products.
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  • AFUMCBill - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    I am going to make the extraordinary guess that for the low-price low-end market HP is trying to target, HP already knows that 95%+ of that segment neither knows what it is much less why they should care. Reply
  • theoldguy - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    Believe it or not VGA is still the most used input in the world.
    That along with the fact that too many people want something for nothing.
    You get what you pay for, like it or not, in the display world.
    HDMI is geared for the consumer retail customers (because of CE devices - ex. DVD players) and DP is geared for the commercial market.
    DP has essentially replaced DVI permanently. The benefits are too numerous to list.
    Check out DP features on the Wiki sites.
    There are some higher end monitors that ship to both markets and may have both HDMI and DP, but you'll pay a little extra for those.
    If CE devices would adopt the DP interface for TVs and DVD players then it would take off in the consumer space and HDMI would have a serious battle on their hands.
    But there's a lot of money backing HDMI and it won't go down without a fight.
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  • StrangerGuy - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    STOP USING GLOSSY PLASTIC FFS.

    JUST STOP, for the sake of the world.
    Reply
  • Leyawiin - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    Indeed. I'm sick to death of that cheap looking crap on most monitors and TVs. Black matte finishes looks so much better and classier on bezels and stands. Reply
  • toronado455 - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    Cheap stand + no VESA = FAIL Reply
  • althaz - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    This. I would buy two of these instantly if they had VESA mounting holes. I have a dual-monitor HP stand and I am not willing to give it up, but my existing monitors (freebie Acers) kinda suck. Reply
  • althaz - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    Also, I couldn't care less about DP. More people have HDMI than DP (I have both free). Reply
  • eaw999 - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    take a look at the asus vs239h-p. <$200, ips, vesa mounts, vga, dvi, hdmi.

    http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS239HP/
    Reply
  • mechBgon - Monday, August 13, 2012 - link

    An external power brick? 2001 called, it wants its monitor back. Reply

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