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I use this monitor at work and was instrumental in making the decision to purchase. We're a small business so bought this from our local PC world, not an office supplier.
The monitor itself is 20" wide, but flat so it doesn't take up too much room on the desk. The widescreen is perfect for me if I want to view multiple documents at a time (making the features of windows 7 more usable). The picture is nice and bright, with text and images very sharp.
People have asked me recently where I purchased the monitor from as it looks so new and is very modern and sleek! The stand is integrated, so it feels more secure than something I've put together myself. There are 5 buttons to the bottom right hand corner of the unit. The first is the power button, which lights up nicely in a light blue colour when it's on and changes to an orange when it's not on or is hibernating (which does help alert you to the fact you've still got power to the monitor, good for saving the electriricty!)- a nice touch. The others are the menu button, + and - buttons and an 'OK' button for use with the menu. You can also control speaker volume from these buttons. The only criticism is that thse buttons aren't that easy to use as they are hidden under the lip of the monitor at the front, and despite being labelles, aren't very big.
The menu offers options for brightness, contrast, colour, image control, OSD Control, Management, Language, Information and a Factory Reset which is useful to get the defaults!
The speakers are of good quality using what HP calls 'HP Power Sound'- and are hidden. As it's a work computer I don't really use it for music so can't comment on how powerful it is for that but I have used it for Skype and the quality has been fine.
I've had no dropped pixels and we've been using this for over 2 years soI think it's of fantastic quality. Good value for money and an excellent screen!
This Computer screen has a nice black coloured border around it which is about 1-2 inches thick with a silver curved stand. This is a very good screen to use for a pc monitor as the resolution of 1600x900 is very good when reading instructions in games or just reading pieces of text on the Internet as the writing becomes small enough that it is not licensees but could be hard to read if you have bad eyesite and the resolution can be changed but the screen looks messed up if you put it before 1600x900 as it does not fit the screen so you will lose parts of what you are looking at. The size is also very good as you can have 2 of them side by side in a small room from wall to wall. The only thing I have ever seen wrong with this is that there is a scratch mark on the top middle black piece and this looks like a very fine cut line at a curving angle of about 5-10 degrees and recently I found another on the bottom black part as well which may just have been due to faulty stock although when I bought the screen I took it back and got another one and it was the exact same I would stress however that this is only seen at an angle of 45+ degrees if facing head on is 0 degree. This is a brilliant screen for watching high resolution movies such as blue ray as the movie appears perfect with no pixelation though if your watching a 1960's black and white movie and some 1990's TV shows so you may want to sit across the room as the movie will have lots of pixelation unless your lucky. £120 is a good price for this screen though I think you can get I for about £50 now which I would highly recommend you buy for a monitor of this standard. This screen may require you to install the drivers from the disk were other monitors have not needed you to as the 1600 x 900 setting will not show up otherwise in the windows preferences without.
We bought this monitor with our PC in January because it was on offer in Staples, £20 off if bought with the rest of the PC equipment, making it only £120 on its own. The price still equated to just over our budget but who says no to money off!
It's a 20 inch screen on a black plasticy background, on it's own in-built silver stand at the bottom, a nice curve to make it look modern and cool. It's an LCD monitor, which means little to me but may mean something to you. All I know and understand is that the picture quality is good, it's big enough for me to be able to do what I need to do on it, and it looks amazing!
It came with the rest of the PC and was chosen because it was made by HP, who we like a lot, and it was black like our tower. Once we'd sat it down on our PC desk on it's cool little leg, we had to set up the monitor and PC together. Setting it up was easy enough; all we had to do was plug it in, adjust the picture and quality to how we wanted it and that was that. On the right hand side underneath the bottom area there are 5 buttons; these change the settings, volume, and the very end one on the corner turns the screen off.
We've had it for 5 months now and it still looks good, we've gotten use to the hugeness of the screen compared to the laptop we use, and luckily I don't have to wear my glasses on it so that's another bonus for me. It's that big they're not necessary! The buttons underneath still work so nothing has malfunctioned, and there are no random black specks in the screen or picture so there is nothing wrong with the picture or display yet either.
It has been used almost non-stop since we got it and is still in almost mint condition, the picture is still as good as ever and its also surprisingly clean. HP are a well-known and well-loved brand so it's not like you can expect anything rubbish from them, they're all high-quality nowadays! Really worth the price aswell, and after looking at process as high as £300 for a couple inches longer, certainly a good bargain for me!