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New HP monitors, a lot like the old ones

HP announces four new monitors, but just how different are they from last year's models?

The HP 2310m's design hasn't changed much. HP

It's been some time since I've reviewed a new HP consumer monitor, but that may be about to change. On Wednesday, HP announced four new consumer monitors; the 2010i, 2210m, 2310, and 2710m. After the jump are specs and features for each monitor, direct from HP.

Last year I tested two of the new monitor's precursors--the 2009m and 2709m--and judging from the initial specs and product shots, these new models don't seem that different. I did notice HP lowered the 2010i's max luminance to 250 candelas per square meter (cd/m2, down from the the 2009m's 300 cd/m2. This may have something to do with the amount of backlight lamps in the 2010i, two, instead of the "usual" four. I can't confirm how many lamps were in the 2009m, though.

All the more reason to get a couple of these guys in and take them for a spin. Look for reviews in the coming weeks. Also, take those dynamic contrast ratios (DCR) with a tub of salt. All monitors should be available on HP's Web site by Thursday. I'll update this post with pricing on the 2710m then.

HP 2010i 20-inch monitor

  • Built-in speakers
  • 15,000:1 DCR and 1,600x900 resolution
  • VGA, DVI-D (with HDCP)
  • Tilt and swivel adjustment
  • Two-lamp panel (vs. four-lamp). Purportedly helps lower power consumption by 50 percent
  • $179

HP 2210m 21.5-inch Monitor

  • 1,920x1,080 resolution
  • 40,000:1 DCR, 2.5ms GtG response time
  • Built-in speakers, tilt and swivel adjustment
  • VGA, DVI-D (with HDCP) and HDMI
  • $219

HP 2310m 23-inch Monitor

  • 1,920x1,080 resolution
  • 40,000:1 DCR, 3ms GtG response time
  • Built-in speakers
  • Stylish design includes tilt and swivel adjustment, VESA wall mounting
  • $259

HP 2710m 27-inch Monitor

  • 1,920x1,080 resolution
  • 60,000:1 DCR, 2.5ms GtG response time, and 92 percent Color Gamut
  • VGA, DVI-D and HDMI (with HDCP)
  • Built-in speakers