The 1,920x1,200 native resolution is the highest we've seen from an LCD panel, and the sharpness of the picture is impressive. Note that this unusual resolution results in an odd 16:10 aspect ratio rather than the standard 16:9, which renders objects disproportionately tall.
Even with its limitations, after calibrating the panel as well as we could, DVDs looked pretty good. Chapter 25 of Seabiscuit was extremely sharp, and we were impressed with the relative lack of low-level noise and false contouring artifacts in dark scenes. In Alien, blacks were more like dark gray, but they didn't suffer from the video noise seen on most LCDs of this caliber. HDTV material from our DirecTV HD satellite looked extremely detailed, although blacks were again too bright. Most built-in monitor speakers sound tinny and faint, but the f2304's are noticeably louder, warmer, and fuller sounding. They won't substitute for a good set of stereo speakers, but they're better than we expected.
HP provides a three-year warranty for the f2304. Toll-free phone tech support is available 24/7, and HP's Web site offers additional support in the form of FAQs, a searchable database, e-mail, and live chat with technicians.