24-Inch HP Debranded HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Rutledge Feman
Date: 03-15-2009
Provided by: Geeks
First Look

The 24" LCD monitor is shipped inside a large cardboard box with a plastic bag covering the screen and two large pieces of foam encasing the display. One of the foam pieces was cracked on one corner, but fortunately this did not affect the monitor itself, which was in perfect condition.

The retail package includes the monitor, quick user guide, power cable, HDMI cable, audio cable and a VGA cable. As was the case with the 22" I previously reviewed, there is no USB cable included to connect the monitor to your computer. The unit has two USB ports but without a cable to connect the third port, these are rendered useless and unfortunately, most users won't have this cable just lying around.

The photos above show the monitor at the lowest, mid, and highest height adjustment positions. Adjusting the monitor's height is as easy as moving it up or down. It stays in place and is easy to move even with a single hand.

The lower right side of the front bezel houses four control buttons used to navigate the on-screen display and adjust volume levels. On the upper left side is an ambient light sensor, used to automatically adjust the brightness of the display. This only works when in certain modes, however.

Another unique feature of this monitor is the ability to swivel the display and put it in portrait mode. To do this, you need to tilt the screen back a bit then simply rotate it clockwise until it is fully vertical. I will discuss this feature more during testing.

The connection panel is located on the bottom (or the left side, depending if you are using landscape or portrait mode) and consists of two USB ports, a third USB port used to connect to your computer, a VGA port, HDMI port and an audio jack. Noticeably missing is a DVI port which is very common on most LCD monitors. This isn't a deal breaker, however, as you can still use a VGA to DVI adapter and still use the monitor with your DVI-based video card.

On the opposite side is the AC power connector and lock slot. The final shot gives us a look at the model and serial numbers.

Last but not least, we have a shot of the height adjustment mechanism as well as the two USB ports located on the left side of the display.

Continue ahead as we connect the monitor to several different video sources and see what we find!

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