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Four Wide Screen 19" Monitors Compared

HP W19

I don't test many displays from HP. That's partly because many of them (like Dell's) are made to be sold as part of a set comprising the computer, monitor, printer, etc. And often with that kind of package, the monitor is the last factor people take into account in making their choice. That's a mistake. Why? Because a display becomes obsolete less quickly than a PC! The HP W19 monitor is designed to ship with the manufacturer's computers. Yet it's available for individual sale, too, and its characteristics, in relation to its price, attracted my attention.

Diagonal measurement19 inches
Native resolution1440 x 900
Contrast500: 1
Brightness300 nits
Latency8 ms (GTG)
Colors16.2 M
H/V viewing angles150/130
ConnectivityVGA / DVI

Design, Finish, Ergonomics, Connectivity

Design And Finish

Due to budget constraints, HP has produced a simple monitor with no flourishes. Except for the rather odd-looking base, the looks bespeak careful design. For the price, the finish is respectable, with simple but robust, high-quality plastics.


The ergonomics is also very basic, with a tilt adjustment only. The buttons are easy to access. The OSD is simple and very consumer-oriented.


Nothing to write home about - the monitor has the basic minimum: VGA and DVI connectors.

  • V3NOM
    from reading thigns on tomshardware on my 17" CRT i had for years and years to buying my first LCD a couple of months ago :S how embawwassing... anyway it's amazing. the better quality and viewable space on my 19" widescreen is just unbelievable compared to the often blurry writing on CRT's. my dad still uses a 17" CRT and whenever i rarely go over to his computer it's really plain at the difference between them. WIDESCREEN LCD FTW!!!