New monitors from HP – including 23xi and Envy 27
HP are no stranger to IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology and are fully embracing its colour consistency and viewing angle benefits for both their business and home ranges. The company are going to show off their ‘early 2013’ monitor line-up at CES. This includes 5 new Pavilion models; the 20” 20xi, 21.5” 22xi, 23” 23xi, 25” 25xi and 27” 27xi all feature AH-IPS panels from LG’s new ‘invisible bezel’ range. Despite not being completely invisible the total bezel width is under 12mm at the top and sides with a dominant inner component that is flush with the screen itself. The 25xi is perhaps the most interesting model due to its unique 25 inch screen size, something which up until now has only been seen on a diminutive number of TN models. As AOC have done with their recent offerings HP have gone with a silver bottom to compliment the black trim.
The 25″ and 27″ ‘xi’ models feature glossy edge-to-edge screens whereas the 20″ and 23″ models feature matte surfaces. The glossy models have an image that is clearer and less grainy, helping to aid the clear and vibrant look. The resolution of the 20xi is 1600 x 900 with the larger models all featuring 1920 x 1080 resolutions. This is complimented by a WLED backlight with sRGB colour gamut and brightness of up to 250 cd/m2. There is a 60Hz refresh rate and 7ms grey to grey response time – 7ms may sound high but it’s probably just more accurate than what most other manufacturers will quote for their IPS monitors.
Other points of interest with the latest Pavilion line-up includes the ‘one piece’ design which means slight tilt (5 degrees forwards and 25 degrees backwards) is the only ergonomic option. To maintain the slender appearance there are no VESA holes at the back and the ports are fairly minimal with a single VGA, HDMI (21.5”+ models only) and DVI port. For those that prefer more ergonomic flexibility there is also another model being released, this time aimed at business and home-office users. The HP ZR2330w features a fully adjustable stand and a 23” LED-backlit IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 cd/m2 peak brightness. Designed for work rather than play there are a trio of PC-specific inputs – VGA, DisplayPort and DVI alongside a couple of USB 2.0 ports. This model also lacks grey to grey acceleration so has a typical response time of 14ms.
The HP ZR2330w means business
The ZR2330W should be released globally by the end of January at an RRP of $259. All of the Pavilion models are expected to be released in the United States by the end of January starting from $129.99 and ranging up to $339.99. There is no news on which of these models will be released here in the UK or in Europe. HP have always been a bit patchy with their 25 inch and 27 inch ‘home’ models this side of the Atlantic. The 21.5” model (22xi) and 23” model (23xi) are listed on their UK website, at least, and should be available shortly for around £130 and £150 inc. VAT, respectively.
But what’s this ‘Envy 27’ above all about? Not to be confused with any all-in-one PCs by similar names, this is HP’s other model in their early 2013 line-up designed for the home user. The underlying panel is actually similar to the 27xi, or perhaps more accurately the Dell S2740L. It features an AH-IPS with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, 7ms grey to grey response time and an edge-to-edge glass screen surface. According to some press reports reflections aren’t as problematic as you’d expect from such a display, indicating that it may have some sort of anti-reflective coating on the glass.
As you can see from the image above there is plenty going on at the bottom. Above the aluminium stand is a rather prominent lip. This houses a set of Beats Audio up-firing speakers and a subwoofer to try to add a bit of extra depth to the often disappointing in-built speaker sound. The ports also focus around what you hear as much as what you see with DisplayPort, HDMI, a headphone jack and optical digital audio out (alongside a humble VGA port). That’s all good and well but with a launch price of $499 you are paying quite a premium for this audio integration when most users will probably be using a superior set of external speakers anyway. The HP Envy 27 monitor was released at the start of February in territories including Europe and the US – so at least it wasn’t restricted to ‘integrated audiophiles’ in the US market.