I have owned the HP L2045w monitor for several years now and must say it is very good. I have used it to write many essays, watch countless movies and viewed hundreds of web pages and it has handled them all like a champ.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 47.1 cm x 22.3 cm x 37.9 cm
Weight: 7.7 kg
Diagonal Size: 20.1 inch - widescreen
Max Resolution: 1680 x 1050 / 60 Hz
Display Positions Adjustments: Height, pivot (rotation), swivel, tilt
Colour support: Up to 16.2 million colours
Response Time: 5 ms
Interface: DVI and VGA
- The screen is wide enough to allow MS Word to display two pages side my side at 100% zoom. This may not sound fantastic but is great when writing essays and you are referencing back. Also handles wide screen movies very well.
- The monitor stand design is excellent because at the back you have a cable management system basically two pockets where you can hide the cables so they do not get tangled. Also at the front there is a significant gap (see above image) where you can place items, because you can never have enough desk space!
- Installation with windows XP, vista and 7 is a plug and play affair. There is software included on the CD but I have never needed them.
- The base allows you to adjust the Height, pivot (rotation), swivel and tilt. Adjustable height was particularly important for me as my desk is kind of small so it was great to be able to increase the height so the monitor was eye level, preventing any neck injury.
- The screen is also wall-mountable simply unscrew the base (4 screws) and screw into the wall-mount. I have done this and it is really that simple. Note: you have to buy your own wall mount.
- The monitor has two USB 2.0 ports built into the right hand side which is great when you constantly put work on to a USB pen.
- The screen can be put into portrait mode which is good if you have a large document to read however I have only used it once to check if it worked :)
- The viewing angle is great unlike some laptops when you view them from the side the picture becomes unviable but not with this screen everything is always clear. In addition text appears clear and crisp which makes it a lot easier to read large amount text from.
- Colours appear vivid and you can really tell the defence between similar colours.
- When watching movies or playing fast games I have never experienced any lagging or ghosting.
- The 1680 x 1050 resolution is a bit strange and so you may find some games do no support it as well as a few other applications.
- The stand is primarily made from plastic and reinforced with metal thus most of the weight is located there. As a result, when carrying the monitor it can feel like it's pulling to one side.
- The input button on the screen when pressed makes the screen go blank for a good few seconds before reappearing this is very annoying when you hit it by mistake.
Overall a very good buy!!
I only bought this monitor because at the time HP were doing a £50 cashback offer, and it was £180 on Dabs, so I knew I was getting a bargain. I was originally planning on just ebaying it after the offer had expired, as it turned out that it was a one day only price, and the next day the monitor was up to nearer the £300 mark.
Oh how glad I am that I didn't sell it on ebay though, it's an absolutely wonderful monitor. The colours are great, it's brilliant for watching a film on (being 20" it's ample for that), It'll go up to 1680x1050 in resolution, which makes keeping multiple windows open at once a breeze.
The only annoying thing is that 1680x1050 doesn't appear to be a standard size, and so installing it requires the proper drivers to get the maximum out of it. Not a problem though, you get all that in the box, and I'm sure you can download it for mac or PC, as I've had this monitor working on both.
It offers the capability to swivel round and use it in "portrait" mode, which is really handy when you've got a lot to read, though I must admit that the screen's big enough for me not to bother. You can adjust it vertically, and tilt it probably more than you'd ever need, as well as turning it horizontally, which is a nice touch to keep the base straight while the monitor is facing off at an angle, this makes it a bit more asthetically pleasing.
The actual base for this monitor is made from plastic and metal. It's quite heavy, but really sturdy once in place. It has a handy little tray for storing all sorts of desktop rubbish.
With a response time of 5ms, and connections for both VGA and DVI-D, it's a good option for gaming too. It also has a USB hub built in, which is always handy.
All in all, I'm sorry that I didn't buy more than one. It's a great monitor!