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HP W1907

HP W1907

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.
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HP's new 19-inch wide-screen LCD is very similar to its larger cousin, the W2007, offering the same core specs including a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 5-millisecond pixel response time, and a 300cd/m2 brightness rating. The W1907 features a lower native resolution at 1,440x900 (WXGA+). Both displays offer HP's BrightView technology, which results in a bright image and a glossy screen coating that's found on many laptop displays. The W1907 features both digital and analog video connections and 2-watt stereo speakers. It is also HDCP-compliant for viewing protected HD content.

The only adjustments the W1907 offers is swivel and tilt. By comparison, the 22-inch W2207 features a double-hinged base that lets you adjust the height of the screen and how close it is to you without propping it atop a stand or dragging it across your desk. The W1907 is an entertainment-oriented display; aside from the BrightView glossy coating that should make movies and photos more vibrant, it features a glossy, black bezel that apes the type of frame found on many plasma and LCD HDTVs. The gray base looks a lot like the simple, L-shaped base on Apple's Cinema Display and creates a space for you to stow your keyboard when not in use.

Compared with other 19-inch wide-screen LCDs, the HP W1907's price of $230 is competitive. We are awaiting an evaluation unit from HP and expect to publish a full review shortly that will include details on how the display fared on CNET Labs' image quality tests.