Color reproduction on this screen is fantastic and these photos don't do it justice. I can easily say that it is far better than my two current Chimei screens. HP screens are well known for their superior image clarity and color reproduction and this unit does not disappoint. I also noticed that when in landscape mode, the viewing angle is much like you would find on any other screen - which is generally very good. This is because the screen operates at different frequencies when in portrait mode and thus, the sub par viewing angle.
Gaming on this debranded HP screen was a pleasure. A fast refresh rate ensures no ghosting, even in fast-paced games like Crysis, which looked absolutely stunning. If you are a big gamer, this screen certainly has your covered.
Videos also looked really nice, as can be seen by the photos of the 1080p version of the Max Payne trailer above. Using this monitor in conjunction with a high-def TV tuner card would surely be a wise decision.
I must say, this monitor totally exceeded all of my expectations coming into this review. Starting with the outward appearance, the monitor uses a glossy screen which I actually didn't mind. This may be a negative if you work in a brightly lit room / office or have a window behind you, but with curtains over my windows, I had no problems at all with glare.
The frame around the screen is glossy as well and looks pretty slick. Noticeably absent from its frontward appearance, however, are the integrated speakers. That is because they are built into the back of the display and not visible. While this seems like a good idea aesthetically, it just didn't make sense acoustically. I find the audio quality to be above average for monitor speakers, but since they are on the backside of the screen, it sounded exactly as it was. You want to be in the direct line of the audio source, not have it being bounced off into other parts of the room. Of course, most users will opt to use their own speaker system with their computer so luckily this issue can easily be diverted.
I really liked the ability to adjust height as well as tilt, not to mention being able to rotate the display 90-degrees into portrait mode. This is great for viewing websites, email, playlists, etc. The viewing angle when in portrait mode, however, was well below average and may prevent some users from using it. When in standard landscape mode, the display had a great viewing angle and an even better picture.
The onscreen menu options were robust and offered a lot of customization. I liked the fact that you can connect two computers to the monitor and switch between the two via the menu, thus allowing you to run two computers from a single screen without the need for a KVM switch (of course, I suppose you would still need to figure something out for your keyboard and mouse in such a setup).
This monitor features two USB ports on the left side, but be warned that you will need a USB cable to connect the screen to your computer, which isn't included.
I have used a handful of LCD screens over the years and this is by far my favorite to date. Color reproduction and clarity were far better than any screen I have used. This screen is also very bright, even when turn down to 50% brightness, which is where I decided to keep it at. Despite being refurbished, the screen itself was in pristine condition and arrived without a single dead or stuck pixel. There were a few small scuff marks on the monitor stand, but nothing that is noticeable unless you are looking for it.
Priced at under $190 as of writing, I would wholeheartedly recommend the 22-Inch HP Debranded DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor to anyone looking for a fantastic deal on an even better LCD monitor. At this price, you just can't go wrong!