HP L1706 review: HP L1706

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.4
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 5.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Fine color quality; easy to operate; good image adjustability.

The Bad No side-to-side swivel; no height adjustment; inferior text rendering and viewing angle.

The Bottom Line In the L1706, HP offers an affordable flat panel with satisfactory image quality, but the display lacks any extra adjustability and inputs. The L1706 will serve office workers well, but other more-adjustable and better-performing monitors are available in the same price range.

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HP L1706

One of many no-frills business-oriented monitors to hit the market, the HP L1706 delivers performance that's adequate for basic office tasks, but it has few extra features and limited adjustability. The $319 L1706 will serve office workers well, but for a few dollars more, the Sony SDM-S75AB provides better performance and a bit more adjustability; if you're pinching pennies, the less-attractive, more-adjustable, and better-performing Envision EN7220 sells for $250.

The L1706's matte-black base, stand, shell, and chunky silver bezel fit right in with an office environment. The nonadjustable stand holds the display less than 3 inches above your desk--about average--and most users will need a monitor riser. Though the base slides fairly easy on the desktop, it lacks a built-in lazy Susan as found on the Sony SDM-S75AB. The HP L1706 can tilt 20 degrees backward and 5 degrees forward--and that's it. The 8-inch circular base is very stable. Take note if you'll be moving the monitor around often: Connecting the provided analog signal cable proved difficult; the analog port is inset, so it's hard to access and doesn't offer much room for turning the screws. A small slot on the back of the base serves to corral the cords.

HP provides a very brief setup guide (which is all you need) and a CD with a long, detailed PDF manual, which covers the onscreen menu (OSM), the color calibration, and troubleshooting; also included is Display LiteSaver, a utility for scheduling sleep-mode sessions. The OSM is easy to navigate, with sensible icons and all adjustment options located on one main screen. Three large buttons on the display's bottom bezel take you through the menu: one button opens the onscreen menus; two more navigate the simple controls for brightness, contrast, color temperature, and so on. And, for those who don't want to mess with adjusting the settings, one of the navigation buttons doubles as an autoadjust button.

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HP L1706

Part Number: PX849AA#ABA Released: Sep 1, 2005
MSRP: $209.00 Low Price: $189.70 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 1, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.264 mm
  • EPEAT Logo Silver
  • Image Contrast Ratio 500:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4