HP's Compaq Q2009 design is extremely pedestrian, but you'd expect that for a monitor in this price range. Its 20-inch LCD sits in a slightly rounded bezel with controls that run down the lower right-hand side. The stand is small, squat and plastic with a total tilt range of 30 degrees — 5 degrees forwards and 25 backwards. As with the recently reviewed HP 2309m, the monitor sits rather low on the average desk, and for most office working situations you'd be well served to place it on a thick phone book to ensure you're not craning your neck downwards at an awkward angle. At least that'll give you a use for phone books in this day and age, which is nice.
The 20-inch LCD panel in the Q2009 has a top resolution of 1600x900 with a claimed contrast of 1000:1 and brightness of 300cd/m². Refresh rate is stated at 5ms, which very clearly marks this out as a productivity screen, not a gaming or video one. That's an observation that's confirmed by the fact that the Q2009 only has two inputs — and one of those is for audio. This is a D-Sub input only monitor, and that means it's never going to be the most thrilling in terms of visual fidelity.
The Q2009 shares the similar HP 2309m's menu layout, and this means that it uses a single button to bring up either viewing modes, volume levels or correction menus, with the other buttons then being used for up, down and selection duties. It's no doubt a cheaper way to wire a set of buttons for HP, but at the user end we find it a bit fiddly for practical use, as you've got to perform extra button presses for simple tasks such as audio selection.
On the audio front, there's a simple word that can be used to describe the Q2009's bottom mounted speaker: tinny. For website sounds and the odd bit of YouTube viewing it might just be passable, but it's unsuitable for any kind of nuanced music or gameplay function.