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As I have recently written a review on my HP keyboard, I thought it was high time I followed it up with a review of my accompanying screen. As I spend a good deal of my day sitting behind a computer screen I have been known to suffer from dry eyes and therefore wanted to get a monitor which would be easier on the eye and would save me squinting down at my laptop. The screen which I opted for was this HP Compaq LA2405wg and it has served me well over the past year.
~~The Product and Technical Features~~
This screen has the perfect looks to make it tie in with the rest of the electrical equipment on my desk. When switched off the screen is black in colour and this colour is matched on the two side panels which are also a matt black. Both the top and bottom of the frame of the screen are a brushed chrome finish and this gives this monitor and modern and somewhat masculine look in my opinion. In terms of dimensions, this screen actually has a screen size of 24inches diagonally measured and is widescreen which means that it offers a good amount of viewing space and is great in my job where I spend a good amount of time viewing architectural drawings. It is quite a large screen and hence it takes up quite a lot of space on my desk, however the monitor is firmly supported on its black adjustable curved base and therefore is unlikely to topple. In terms of technical features, this computer monitor is LCD and features anti glare technology with 300 nits of brightness.
~~Set Up and Use~~
In terms of set up and use this monitor is really quite straightforward even for my techno phobic brain. The monitor should be placed in a convenient and well ventilated location which is, of course near to the computer or laptop. In my case my monitor is connected to my docking station so that the laptop effectively sits underneath the monitor and this was done by simply removing the monitor from its base and re-attaching it to a compatible docking station. It is then a case of connecting the cables between the monitor and the computer. These cables include the VGA cable which is the signal cable between the computer and monitor, the USB hub connector and the power cable which requires connecting to a power socket. Once ready to go the monitor can be switched on using the rectangular power button to the bottom right of the screen and, providing the computer is also on, the display should light up with the contents of the computer screen and the power button glow with a soft green light.
There are a number of other buttons located on the bottom right of this monitor which enable you to do any number of other functions including changing the language, reviewing information and looking at image control all located by pressing the menu button. However I have only used this button for the purposes of amending the brightness and contrast of my screen and do so by pressing the menu button, selecting 'ok' on the setting I want to change and then moving either the '+' or '-' buttons to adjust the display. This monitor does have a pair of USB ports however I have yet to use them for anything other than connecting the hub connector.
It is very important to me when reviewing a computer monitor to assess the quality of the picture and display and as I have spent many an hour looking at this particular product I am perhaps well placed to evaluate this. It is of my opinion that the quality of the images projected onto this computer monitor are incredibly good and the pixel quality means that everything I view looks crisp and focussed with no blurring or haze around any parts of the screen. When watching videos on Youtube, which I have a tendency to do on my lunch hour, I find that this monitor is very crisp and that the pixel quality is just perfect to ensure that I get a good watch and whilst I would not liken this quality to that of my HD TV I would still say that it is pretty good for a computer monitor. The size of this computer monitor makes it perfect for viewing larger documents particularly CAD drawings and ensures that I am able to focus on the detail with less zooming in than I would do on my laptop screen thus saving time and making my job easier.
~~Availability and Price~~
As I purchased my monitor through our IT department at work I believe that we currently get a discount from our supplier and paid around £199 for this monitor. Looking around, it is clear that this monitor has since been replaced with a newer version however it can still be purchased from such websites as EBay where, if used, it can be as cheap as £60.
~~Thoughts and Opinion~~
Overall I believe that this is an excellent piece of kit which really makes my working day easier and assists my eyes when I am reviewing emails and other data. The wide angle really helps in ensuring that I get a good view of the documents that I scan every day and the pixel quality means that I enjoy watching and viewing pictures on this screen. As a result of my thoughts I really would struggle to find an issue with this monitor and as such it does come recommended. Therefore this screen scores an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of help and thanks for reading! x