HP LP2275w review: HP LP2275w

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen distance down from the top. At this angle, the colors and gamma correction are being viewed as they were intended to. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any angle other than the optimal one. Depending on their panel type, their picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The HP was made with an S-PVA panel, which usually shows only a slight change in the gamma correction at the most with angle changes. Indeed, we noticed that the HP's screen only brightens slightly when viewed from the sides, top, or bottom.

With the HP's purported 118 percent color gamut, we noticed a definite red push. (Maybe its colors were too saturated at the factory settings.) Our recommended settings for the LP2275w for movies and games are Brightness set to 70 (or as high as your eyes can handle), Contrast at 58, and Color Temperature set to Custom, then taking Red down from 255 to 245. That should give the picture on the LP2275w a much more balanced color reproduction.

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HP LP2275w Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 51.83
On (Max Luminance) 55.56
On (Min Luminance) 25.85
Sleep 1.41
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 50.08
Score Poor
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $16.44

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Service and support
HP delivers a three-year parts, labor, and on-site service limited warranty for the HP LP2275w. The company provides 24-7 toll-free customer service via phone, with e-mail and chat support also available. Unfortunately, this toll free service is only available for 90 days, which is strange as most vendors include toll free service for at least a year.

Replacement options include second business day on-site service, or next business day direct replacement; unfortunately, this is at HP's discretion. Thankfully, with direct replacement, HP will ship the display directly to you.

The monitor does not appear in the main monitors section on HP's Web site, so we were only able to find its drivers by searching through the Support and Drivers section of the site. The display comes with Pivot Pro software, but we could not find a place to download it on the site, just incase you uninstalled the software and lost the CD.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 22 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.282 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.