HP 2009m review: HP 2009m

We looked at Kill Bill Vol. 1 on DVD and were pleasantly surprised at the lack of ghosting in both monitors in our ghosting test scene--a close-up of The Bride's big toe. Colors looked full, but didn't have the "pop" we desired. Also, because of the backlight bleeding, the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are distractingly light. Unreal Tournament 3 looked fairly vibrant on both monitors; however, their relatively low brightness prevented the colors from having the impact that you'd want in a game. The game, however, played quickly with no signs of streaking, trails, or pixel lag.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Like most monitors the HP 2009m uses a TN panel, which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the 2009m from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple inches off from optimal. From the sides text is still legible until viewing from about 80 degrees. When viewing from the bottom, the text becomes illegible at 40 degrees. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In the power consumption tests, the HP 2009m has a small 0.51-watt power draw on standby, but it's On/Default power draw was higher than we'd like for a 20-inch monitor. The HP drew 30.55 watts in this state, compared with the 21.5-inch Lenovo L215 that drew only 28.17 watts. The LG W2053TQ drew a substantial 37.21 watts in its On/Default state. When we switched on its Eco options, however, the LG improved its carbon footprint drawing only 20.36 watts on the On/Default state. Based on our formula, the LG W2053TQ would cost $13.56 per year to run normally and $8.54 per year with its power saving features turned on. This is compared with the Lenovo's $8.93 per year and the HP's $9.46.

Juice box
HP 2009m Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 30.55
On (max luminance) 32.57
On (min luminance) 14.7
Sleep 0.51
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 21.8
Annual energy cost $9.46
Score Good

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron W2053QT
HP 2009m

Contrast ratio
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Dell SX2210
Lenovo L215p
HP 2009m
LG Flatron W2053QT

DisplayMate performance
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LG Flatron W2053QT
HP 2009m

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Service and support
HP backs the 2009m with a one-year limited parts and labor warranty that covers the backlight. That's much less than other vendors such as Dell that usually offers three years coverage. Shipping labels and in-home service are included, as well as support through HP's 24-7 toll-free number. Just be aware that the free service ends after one year and HP begins charging after that. HP's Web site offers chat and e-mail support with responses within an hour.

What you'll pay

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