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HP 2009m 20-inch LCD Monitor

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HP 2009m 20-inch LCD Monitor

HP 2009m

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The Bottom Line

Aug 23 2009 - HP's 2009m is their latest 20-inch display monitor that features the 16:9 aspect ratio that is becoming more common. The displays offers a good value for those looking for a general purpose display thanks mostly to the coating that offers a decent glossy coating that doesn't produce too much glare. Color is typical of displays in the price range but the speakers are fairly weak. With street prices around $140, it is a decent value for those looking at a 20-inch screen.
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Pros

  • Excellent Coating That Balances Color and Glare
  • Stand Provides Swivel Adjustmenst In Addition to Tilt
  • VESA 100mm VESA Mount Capable

Cons

  • Could Use HDMI Input
  • Speakers Offer Very Low Volume and Bass
  • Color Shifts Dramtically When Viewing Off Center

Description

  • 20-inch Widescreen LCD TN Panel With 1600x900 Resolution
  • 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
  • 300cd/m^2 Brightness
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 160 Degree Hortizontal and Vertical Viewing Angles (Unconfirmed)
  • DVI-D, VGA and Audio Inputs
  • Built-In Stereo 2W Speakers
  • Stand Provides Tilt and Swivel Adjustments
  • Includes DVI, VGA and Audio Cables

Guide Review - HP 2009m 20-inch LCD Monitor

Aug 23 2009 - At 20-inches, the HP 2009m is the smallest of their 2009 series of consumer desktop monitors. With a list price of $200, it is somewhat above average for a monitor with its specifications, but street pricing of the display can be found as low as $140 which makes it a good overall value for those looking at a modest sized display.

The 20-inch panel used in the 2009m uses the TN LCD technology. This provides it with very quick response times that make it very good for video and general work. It does limit the screens overall color gamut that makes it less ideal for those that require high accuracy color for graphics work. As with most new monitors, the display was a bit too bright right out of the bunch. It also had a slight yellow tint to color until the display was calibrated. Color shifting is also an issue when viewing off angle as is the case with most TN panels.

One nice aspect of the display was the coating of the LCD panel. Many panels now are going with extremely glossy coatings. The problem is that these tend to produce a lot of reflections and glare that can make working with them difficult. HP has managed to provide an anti-glare coating that keeps glare to a minimum yet still has a slight glossy feel. This gives it a good color balance without sacrificing the brightness or color.

The HP 2009m does come with built-in 2W stereo speakers. While the speakers are clear, they lack any amount of volume and bass. Placing the computer and LCD speakers at full volume still produced a very soft volume that could be difficult to hear at times.

HP provides both a DVI and VGA connector for the display. This allows it to run with pretty much every computer on the market. It would have been nice to see the display include HDMI as well as this becomes more common on laptops and desktop PCs.

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