HP Launches New Consumer LCDsby Balraj Sandhu on June 3, 2010 12:00 AM EST
HP Launches New Consumer LCDs
After launching an uninspiring range of budget LCDs a couple of weeks ago, HP has just launched a series of displays featuring richer colors thanks to BrightView panels, with HDMI connectivity and integrated speakers. The four new models are the 2010i, 2210m, 2310m and 2710m which come in at 20” 21.5” 23” and 27” respectively.
The entry level 2210i model carries identical specifications to the S2031 budget model mentioned earlier with a 20” 1600x900 display featuring a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 15000:1 (which is a setting that should be left off in our opinion). The dual lamp backlit display provides a 72% color gamut and 250 nits of brightness with 5 ms on/off response time. Connectivity is the same as well with VGA and DVI-D though with an addition of an audio port due to the inclusion of built-in stereo speakers with 2 watts output per channel. This appears to be the only differentiator from its $159.99 brother. The 2210i is available now for $179.99 from HP, which basically means an extra $20 for a set of inevitably feeble built-in speakers.
The other three models offer something more worthwhile than their budget counterparts do. The new premium 21.5” model, the 2210m, features the same increase in resolution to 1920x1080 and brightness to 300 nits thanks to a 4-lamp backlight as its budget alternative, the S2231. The BrightView panel also features the same 5 ms on/off response time (2.5 ms grey-to-grey) and 72% color gamut, however the dynamic contrast ratio goes up to 40000:1, with the standard contrast ratio remaining at 1000:1. Another addition is HDMI to the VGA and DVI-D connectivity to make the most of the full HD display along with the same integrated speakers. The 2210m is available from HP at $219.99. Compared to the S2231 at $199.99, the extra $20 buys you a more worthwhile upgrade.
The new 23” model, the 2310m, carries the same specification as the 21.5” model and is available from HP at $259.99 which is $30 more than its cheaper counterpart, the S2331.
Finally the 27” model, 2710m, carries over the same features as the 21.5” and 23” models, such as HDMI and integrated speakers, but also features a 60000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a brighter 400 nits display showing an impressive 92% color gamut. Unfortunately, the resolution stays at 1920x1080 and the fixed contrast ratio stays at 1000:1. The 2710m is available from HP at $459.99, which is a bit more than what you'll pay for comparable 27” LCDs at retailers like newegg.com, e.g. this Samsung with an integrated HD TV tuner.
All of these models feature attractive black glossy bezels with silver color stands that adjust from +25 to -5 degrees and are designed to hold your keyboard when not in use. They all feature the standard 100x100mm VESA mounts. All of the new models are covered by a standard 1-year warranty.
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B3an - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkBalraj (or anyone else at AnandTech) can you tell me why theres never any 30" LCD's released anymore?
I've not seen a new one in so long... i've also got a 30" Dell 3008, great display, but it was release years ago now and there's not even any talk of a new version coming soon.
Do you know whats happening in the 30" area? Thanks.
juzz86 - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkB3an, HP have not long released a new 30" model. There's a top review on the ZR30w by Brian right here!
ethsen - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkWhat is unfortunate about 1920x1080 on a 27" LCD? I wish I could get 1920x1080 in a 30". What is unfortunate is the push for an ultra low DPI that makes everything look microscopic. I'm in my 20's and my eye sight is perfect and I still don't get it. I'm currently using a 37" at 1080p and it's perfect, everything is sharp and comfortable. At work recently they ordered a 15.6" at 1080p... what!?!. I told them to send it back. DPI scaling within the OS is as crappy as it ever was so that's not even an option. Someone make a 30" LCD at 1080p and I will buy 3 today. Or give me 2560x1600 on a 40", yes please!
HauntFox - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkTo me, it's bad because it would imply a high dot-pitch. My near-sight vision is very good so can easily see the pixels if the dot pitch is .27 or above. I look for monitors that have a .25 dot pitch or so, which makes for a clean looking image. Also, it packs more screen space in a smaller package.
Jjoshua2 - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkWell I have a 28" 1920x1200 and a 1080P 15" laptop. Both are wonderful. Laptop I am just a foot and a half away from about, while the big one I am about 3 feet away. Anything less than 1080P now is disappointing for me.
Mumrik - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkAre you SURE your eye sight is that good?
I wouldn't want anything less than 1920x1200 on my 24" monitor and I really like 1440x900 on a 12.1" laptop.
Mumrik - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkEven the 27" model (2710m) with the wider gamut?
jackylman - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkYeah, what kind of LCD (p)review omits this important information? Okay, the answer is most of them, but that needs to change.
valnar - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkAnother monitor with a 16x9 AR. That's a non starter for me. I value my vertical real estate space. I don't know why the industry thinks everybody just sits in an office chair watching HD movies on their PC.
Mr Perfect - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - linkIs there any way to get an official response from OEMs as to why they have cut screens down from 16:10 to 16:9? There are rumors ranging from reduced panel size/cost, to customers being wowed by the "1080P Full HD!" labels on the box. I tend to lean towards the later myself, since high end enthusiast monitors are still 16:10.