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Last year our company decided to make a strategic switch from Dell to HP for all our computing goodies - one result of which is my second monitor - the HP LE2201w.
Sat beside my original, Dell, monitor, it's easy to see how attractive the HP monitor is - where the dell is hard and angular, the HP has nice curved corners, a gentle taper on the surround to the panel and a nice rounded square base. This gives the monitor a modern, softer look, whilst still looking very smart and professional - not at all "blobby".
The surround is matt black plastic, around an inch all the way round, except for the bottom, where it's a little more to accommodate the buttons - power, menu and up/down selectors. To the rear left there's the model number and the HP logo sits proudly at top centre.
To the rear of the screen, there's nothing too fancy - just a power cable and VGA input.
The screen itself has the modern "matt look" effect over it, which wipes clean pretty well with appropriate products, and seems to have a fairly good viewing angle - although it can look a little pinky from the very side.
The picture quality is certainly sharp, the 1680x1050 native resolution gives you plenty of screen real estate. I've not got a single dead pixel in my panel, which is always a plus. The auto-calibration also seems to work very well - saving a bunch of time fiddling around trying to get the image lined up correctly. Colour reproduction, however, is a little disappointing. Bright greens and oranges just seem to lack a little "pop" when compared to the best screens I've used - the picture seems more akin to that of a laptop than a main monitor. Thankfully, for my work purposes, this is never an issue - the LE2201w works perfectly well for word processing, spreadsheets and coding - where the sharpness makes text really easy to read in a variety of colours.
I guess the LE2201w will have to take a four star review - for the most part it's a capable monitor and does whatever you could expect from it - but the poor colour reproduction and a lack of a few features (DVI, USB etc) rob it of the full 5* review.