Matt Elliott Senior Editor
Matt Elliott is a senior editor at CNET with a focus on laptops and streaming services. Matt has more than 20 years of experience testing and reviewing laptops. He has worked for CNET in New York and San Francisco and now lives in New Hampshire. When he's not writing about laptops, Matt likes to play and watch sports. He loves to play tennis and hates the number of streaming services he has to subscribe to in order to watch the various sports he wants to watch.
Expertise Laptops | Desktops | All-in-one PCs | Streaming devices | Streaming platforms
Matt Elliott

The HP VP17 is a 17-inch, standard-aspect ratio LCD that costs a reasonable $200. It features an overall sleek design with its shiny black bezel, giving this otherwise ho-hum, productivity-minded monitor an updated look. Unless you are wide-screen adverse or work in a setting that is overly prone to glare, it's hard to recommend this LCD when HP offers the 19-inch wide-screen W1907 for only $30 more.

The HP VP17 has a 1,280x1,024 (SXGA) native resolution and a contrast ratio HP rates at 700:1, which is lower than the HP W1907's rated 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Both LCDs feature a 300cd/m2 brightness rating and a fast 5-millisecond pixel response time. Unlike the W1907 and an increasing number of desktop and laptop LCDs, the VP17 does not feature a glossy screen coating, which can produce more vibrant colors but often results in distracting reflections and glare.

The VP17 features both digital and analog video connections and 2-watt stereo speakers. It also is HDCP-compliant for viewing protected HD content. The monitor stand provides tilt and swivel adjustments, and it is detachable should you want to mount the screen on a wall.