22-Inch HP Debranded DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 10-26-2008
Provided by: Geeks

As I touched on earlier, I find it pretty strange that monitors are sold as widescreen but websites are coded in portrait view. I actually set up this monitor in portrait mode first and in conjunction with another 22" widescreen in landscape mode, I compared several different websites side-by-side.

As you can clearly see in every example, there is a ton of wasted space when using a widescreen monitor in landscape mode for viewing websites. This is because most sites still use a fixed width of 1024 pixels while the average widescreen resolution runs at 1280 or 1680 pixels wide.

Of course, a vertically-orientated screen is only good for websites, emails, playlists, etc. And I actually found that the viewing angle when using the screen in portrait mode was pretty crummy which was a big letdown.

Back to widescreen it is, and before I go any further, I want to take a moment and share some of the onscreen menu options.

I was pleased with the number of adjustable options in the menu. Since this monitor has two inputs (DVI and VGA), you are given the option to switch inputs so you could use this monitor for two computers and simply switch between the two via this option.

There are also a lot of color options that allow you to fine tune the monitor to your exact liking and there are even some pretty decent presets. The final screenshot above shows monitor information and even points to HP's website for service support.

More testing just ahead...

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