HP w2408: A "New" Twist on 24" LCDsby Jarred Walton on December 21, 2007 5:00 AM EST
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Features and Specifications
Those who are unfamiliar with display technology may wish to consult our short glossary of terms that we use in our display reviews before continuing. However, specifications are prone for abuse, so just because one display rates higher in terms of contrast ratio or brightness doesn't mean it's actually a better display. As usual, we will do our best to separate the reality from the hype in our reviews.
|HP w2207 Specifications|
|Video Inputs||Analog (VGA)
DVI with HDCP support
|Panel Type||LCD Active Matrix TFT TN+film|
|Colors||16.2 million (6-bit)|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (typical)|
|Response Time||5ms TrTf|
|Viewable Size||24" diagonal|
|Viewing Angle||160 vertical/horizontal|
|Power Consumption||<130W max stated
82W max measured
|Screen Treatment||BrightView (Glossy)|
|Height-Adjustable||Yes - 4.25 inches|
|Tilt||Yes - 25 degrees back/5 degrees forward|
|VESA Wall Mounting||100mmx100mm|
|Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD)||23.1"x16.3"x11.4"
|Weight w/ Stand||21.6 lbs.|
|Additional Features||(4) USB 2.0 - (2) left, (2) rear
(USB connection to PC required)
|Audio||Two 2W rear-facing speakers|
|Limited Warranty||1 year parts/labor warranty standard
3 year extended warranty optional ($110)
|Pixel Defect Policy||0 bright dot standard
60 day 100% satisfaction guarantee
If you compare the above specifications table to the one in our HP w2207 review, you will find many similarities. Besides a larger display size and an increase in native resolution, the only other major difference is that the w2408 has an "improved" backlight. 400 nits compared to 300 nits might sound good on paper, but the reality is anything beyond 300 nits is usually superfluous. Once calibrated, we run most of our LCDs at closer to 200 nits. The backlight is supposed to offer an improved color gamut, but that's another one of those terms that gets thrown around by professionals that often doesn't make a difference to typical end-users.
Compared to 24" LCDs from Gateway, Dell, Samsung, and others, it's clear that HP has chosen to cut some features. If you're interested in an LCD that offers multiple inputs, you will want to look elsewhere. The w2408 only includes VGA and DVI (with HDCP support) connections, but many users rarely if ever use the other connections on LCDs that include them, so it's not the end of the world. If you want/need component, HDMI, S-Video, or composite video inputs, the w2408 will not suffice. If you only plan to hook up your LCD to a single computer, all those extra connections serve no real purpose -- though keep in mind that future needs may make them useful.
We have previously covered HP's warranty and support options, and our experience when reviewing the w2408 was similar to what we encountered in our review of the LP3065. HP informed us that all of their products come with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, so at least in terms of pixel defects customers should not have any difficulties. As one of the largest computer equipment manufacturers in the world, you also get the benefit of 24/7 technical support, although it can sometimes take a bit of effort to get to the right department if you don't buy the display as part of a computer package.
The w2408 comes with a standard one-year warranty, and you can purchase a three-year extended warranty for an additional $110. At that price, we would recommend looking at some of the 24" offerings on the market that include three-year warranties. Outside of specific performance characteristics, what you get here than is a 2" increase in screen size and 30% more pixels than the w2207... for almost twice the price.