Roundup: 22-Inch LCD Monitors

HP LP2275w

Problems noted by users

Lets be clear. The unit we received had no faults. But maybe we shouldnt completely ignore the problems some forum users have reported. After all, a stitch in time

- Green/blue line that flickers from time to time during use.
- Crackling problem when lowering brightness.
- And more rarely, black screen problems during use.

Note that these problems were confined to just a few users. They may well just result from a defective series.

Here is yet another monitor that skips the TN panel for something new. The LP2275w uses PVA technology, which promises excellent contrast, deep blacks and very even viewing angles, unlike TN screens which appear to dip to black when you look at them from above or below.

Essentially, this is a screen that's aimed at professional users. The design has been noticeably refined from what we're used to on other monitors from HP.  With a matte finish and a square base, it's a long way from the look and feel of the more mass-market range.  However, behind the scenes on this screen which looks like some of the first generation LCDs is a real gem: the base might not be much to look at, but it's height adjustable and can pivot.  The frame shares this practical design philosophy, with VGA, DVI and Display Port inputs.  On one side, there is a two-port USB hub adding to the other two at the back.

So, let's have a look at the 'orange circle test', where the move to PVA should allow for very wide viewing angles as well as homogenous colors that TN panels can't even dream of.

The LP2275w spec states a 6 ms response time. Don't panic: although TN screens regularly have a response time of 2 or 5 ms, you're not comparing apples with apples because this measurement of response times is absolutely useless and doesn't provide any useful information. These measurements rarely represent the actual response time of the monitors in question. That might seem like harsh criticism, but at least it makes our opinion clear. That's why we're going to forget about those 6 ms and take a good look at the screen itself.

In fact, with an average of just 0.55 frames of ghosting with a colored image, the LP2275w is in fact more responsive than the average 2 ms TN screen, which would be closer to 0.8 frames.  The record is still with a TN however, the Samsung 2253BW, which we measured at 0.35.

However, gamers should know that the LP2275w has about two frames of input lag.


Color quality suffers from a dominance of blue and even if this is almost invisible in the different shades of grey, it does alter the quality of other colors quite severely. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to correct this using the OSD. The only way of really improving color rendering is by callibrating with a sensor.

A question worth asking: is the black as deep as usual? No. 0.25 cd/m² for the black with white at 200 cd/m², is only 'acceptable'. If you are used to working on a fairly dark screen however, like image professionals, you will be delighted to hear that at 100 cd/m², the black goes down to 0.14 cd/m².


When it comes to films, this monitor is not like the others. A correction chip would have been some help in reducing flickering and compression faults. Nevertheless it does do better than your classic TN because at least you don’t have to point the screen in a particular direction to be able to see the image. This is what the PVA panel is all about: no blind spots from any direction!

HP LP2275w
  • Base adjustable up and down, pivots
  • Response time
  • Even viewing angles
  • Color balance
  • Display Port + DVI + VGA
  • Default colors
  • Can't use OSD to set colors
  • Power consumption almost twice that of 22'' TNs

Once you've calibrated it, this screen as is near to perfect as you can get--it's just a shame that you have to pay almost twice the price of a standard model.

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  • chinesemafia69
  • chinesemafia69
    wait...wheres the conclusion
  • quantumrand
    I am a HUGE fan of LG's flatron monitors. They're generally very competitively priced for the quality you get.

    One word of advice though, Dont buy a monitor online unless it has a zero-dead pixel guaranty as well as free return shipping. With the extremely high pixel counts of today's LCDs, the odds of getting a dead pixel are actually quite high, so the ability to take it back to the store and exchange it without any fees is a real benefit.
  • randomizer
    Need to see data, not just "record-breaking response times." A few of the monitors have some numbers but others have nothing more than a description.

    I second the blue dominance on the 2253BW as well. It's a shocker unless you reduce the blue to almost nothing.
  • coolkev99
    I have the Samsung 2253BW. They are right about the color and view angles. Took me a full day tinkering just to get the colors and positioning the way I wanted... big PITA. Once all setup its pretty nice. Best use as a gaming screen, built in hand drip makes moving around easy too.
  • randomizer
    I found the 2253BW has bad buttons and bad button positions. My "menu" button doesn't really work and since you can't see any of the buttons it can be hard to find them sometimes.
  • Anonymous
    Thanks for the review. It helped me select which LCD Monitor worked best for me.
  • andyviant
    Maybe I'm the only Toms reader not up on my display type acronyms, but TN could have been briefly defined prior to using it on every page of this writeup. For those also not in the loop it's Twisted Nematic.
  • ravenware
    Aren't Dell LCDs just rebadged?
  • IzzyCraft
    I dislike the trend to adding cheap speakers in all monitors above like 22" makes me feel like i'm paying for something i'll never use.
  • liemfukliang
    which one the model that has true 24 bits color?
  • Anthelvar
    I've got the samsung 2233rz 120hz refresh. GREAT GAMING MONITOR. Plus the 3d with Nvidia is awesome. Some good games are Mass Effect, Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead. Mass effect is the most visually pleasing of them all, but Left 4 dead is the most fun to use it with.

    Also, it's about time that TOMS finally did a piece that GAMERS might be interested in. By the way, your new GPU charts stink, I don't want subcatagories of high end and low end, just the GPU's for the last 3 years. If you want, color code the charts to price brackets or better yet, Generations of models.

    You guys have lost touch with what gamers want. Plus your website was extremely laggy on the few articles I found interesting in the last month.
  • xsamitt
    Hi Toms

    How about a roundup in the 24 inch class.Many of us feel a 24 is the way to go?Please Consider.Thank-You for this articles non the less.

  • eyemaster
    I'm satisfied with the Samsung T240. I was using a CRT 19 before and this is quite an upgrade. Not the best monitor out there, but I got it for a heck of a deal!
  • dcinmich
    When I built my first computer (the one I have now) I went with the LG W2252TQ. My niece has been using an LG monitor for a long time and she highly recommended I try one, so I thought I would take the hint. I picked this monitor up from my local Best Buy where the kind computer tech hooked it up to a PC for me so I could see what Windows looked like on it. I was sold immediately. This has turned out to be the best monitor I have ever owned.
  • matobinder
    Very glad to see a LCD review. I'm dreading the day my current tube dies, as most LCDs still can't match them(decent tubes that is). Unless you get in to the 1000 dollar range. Just wish the resolution was better. 1680 x 1050 is losing some space to the traditional 1600x1200. Though 1920 x 1080 is a bit better.

    Hopefully more reviews and more consumer research will prompt companies to start making good quality LCDs and cheaper prices. Dell is kind of annoying, they used to sell some of their dispalys with PVA, and then changed them to TN, without changing the model #/Name. Grr.
  • matobinder
    Oops, in regards to my last post. The Dell monitors weren't changed from PVA to TN, they were changed from S-IPS to TN.
  • matobinder
    I'm just not on my game anymore. My two previous posts are wrong. Dell didn't switch from S-IPS to TN. They switched from S-IPS to PVA. Not so horrible. I got to work today and sat down at my computer, which is a 4 head box with 4 Dell 2007FP displays. 2 are S-IPS, and 2 are PVA. I can now see a bit of a difference, but its not so bad. S-IPS still looks a little nicer. But I never noticed until I started digging into it and figure out they were different techs.
  • ssssss
    Too bad, I've just started using ViewSonic VX2262wm a few days ago...

    As the review said, even for the untrained eyes, the colors are noticeable bad and unable to get it right through OSD, which is disappointing.

    Viewing angle is bad. So bad that if you look at it at the distance closer that 30 cm, you're starting to see dark shadows on the top and the bottom of the screen. You should have keep it at 50 cm distance to see uniform color.

    The responsiveness are OK, but just don't compare it to CRT.

    The internal speakers are jokes. Maximum volume is relatively small compared to standard active speaker. If you turn up a little bit bass, the sound is cracking. At 100% volume setting, you can hear a little annoying static high frequency hiss/noise, even if you don't plug in the audio cable. To set it to almost unnoticeable, I can only set the volume level at around 60%. Included are the EAX virtual sound card that using up computer resources, so that there is silent moment every half a second.

    In short, don't buy it because of the speaker. ViewSonic should have put the money to improve the quality of the monitor instead of installing a pair of cheap speakers.

    To the credit of ViewSonic, the first unit that I ordered contained one dead subpixel. They replaced a new one for me.
  • ssssss
    I've managed to improve the above-mentioned monitor's display accuracy by using the webpages...