HP w2408: A Brilliant Widescreen Display

Although the HP w2408 has a vastly different design from last year’s HP LP2465, both share an impressive image quality and feature set. The w2408 is a 24-inch widescreen monitor with a brilliant screen that allows for flexible viewing options. Its panel boasts a 1,920-by-1,200 resolution and a very wide (92 percent) NTSC color gamut (the range of colors a monitor can show) for a consumer display. This makes for much bolder and sharper colors, and a brighter image, than are found in the model it replaces.

The w2408 has an HDCP-enabled DVI port, an analog input, five USB ports, and an audio jack for the rear-mounted speakers. But I’m puzzled by the lack of extra A/V inputs such as S-Video and component video. HP bills this as a model for entertainment as well as home office use, so those ports would make sense.

On my tests, primary and secondary colors appeared uniform and ramped evenly from dark to light, and there be no color tracking errors or signs of tinting. The panel’s 5-ms pixel response (black to white) delivered a bright, smooth widescreen video and gaming experience. The action was fast and furious (and smooth) when I played a round of F.E.A.R., while my favorite DVD movie, The Departed, looked spectacular, with no evidence of motion artifacts or ghosting. The w2408 doesn’t do quite as well at showing grays, with some blurring at the brightest and darkest shades.

Despite its shortcomings, the w2408 is a good choice if you’re looking for a big, bright display for work or play.

HP w2408 Short Reviewss
Price range: $570

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