HP W2207 review: HP W2207

If you can look past a few minor issues, we can think of few people who would be unhappy to own HP's new w2207 LCD. Its attractive design, outstanding overall performance, and approachable price tag make this one of our favorite 22-inch screens to date.

Rich Brown Matthew Wood

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Rich moved his family from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013 to start CNET's Appliances and Smart Home review team, which includes the CNET Smart Home, the CNET Smart Apartment, and the Appliances Review lab. Before moving to Louisville, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D-printed guns to Z-Wave smart locks.

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HP's new 22-inch LCD, the w2207, is a striking update in design and functionality to its mainstream line of computer LCDs. Borrowing visual cues from its new TouchSmart PC and Pavilion desktops, this sleek, black, wide-screen monitor will aid the overall look of any room you put it in. Considering its performance and its overall features, its $380 price tag also seems reasonable, compared with other 22-inch LCDs that cost a little less but don't deliver quite as much. Traditional TVs still have the advantage in high-definition movie watching; we found a few minor software issues. And HP's support lags behind other display vendors, but on balance, this monitor is one of the best in its class.


HP W2207

The Good

The HP w2207 LCD monitor showed the strongest overall performance in its class; sharp new design; screen can swivel to portrait mode; reasonable price; HDCP-compliant.

The Bad

HP's My Display software is buggy and needs refinement; HD video still better on a TV.

The Bottom Line

If you can look past a few minor issues, we can think of few people who would be unhappy to own HP's new w2207 LCD. Its attractive design, outstanding overall performance, and approachable price tag make this one of our favorite 22-inch screens to date.
HP w2207 LCD monitor

In addition to the attractive black bezel, the sturdy base of the display gives you a decent range of tilt and height adjustment options. It has no swivel capability, but you can rotate the display 90 degrees to portrait mode. The stand also gives you room to slide your keyboard underneath the monitor, a handy feature that helps keep your desk area tidy. Two sleeves on either side of the neck of the display corral the power and signal cables, although when you go into portrait mode from landscape, be sure to leave yourself enough slack or the cables will yank out of their sockets.

The w2270's onscreen display gives you most of the options you'd expect to find on a modern LCD. One feature we like in particular is that both within the menu and via two dedicated buttons on the display itself, you can scroll through four preset settings schemes for gaming, watching movies, viewing photos, and typing. You can also set your own custom scheme. If there's anything we'd change about the menu it's that as soon as you back out of an option, the default selection brings you instantly to the menu exit button. It's annoying to have to backtrack to another option when you want to adjust more than one setting.

Manufacturer's specs
Resolution: 1,680x1050
Dot pitch: .28mm
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Viewing angle: 160 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical
Connectivity: Analog, digital, USB
Included VGA, USB, and audio cables (no DVI)
Integrated, two-watt speakers

Like most display speakers, the two-watt pair on the w2207 doesn't really do the job. Their biggest issue is that the volume doesn't get anywhere near loud enough. We found their output barely audible.

A bigger problem with this display is its software. HP's My Display software is supposed to give you a Windows-based interface for adjusting various settings. This software is also supposed to enable the auto-pivot feature that automatically adjusts the screen to portrait mode when you rotate it 90 degrees. We had better luck getting My Display to work on the few Windows Vista machines we tried it on, but we never got the auto-pivot feature to work, even on the HP Pavilion SlimLine s3020n PC, which was designed in conjunction with the display.

Among our various test PCs, all used Windows Vista and an Nvidia GeForce graphics chip of one kind or another. We have a feeling My Display conflicted with either Windows Vista or the Nvidia graphics drivers. HP informed us that it's working to get to the bottom of the issue, and that it hopes to have a fix available to download as soon as it can. For the record, you can use Nvidia's software to manually change the screen to portrait mode, even if HP's auto-pivot software doesn't currently work.

Of all our criteria for reviewing displays, performance is the most important, and it's also where the HP w2207 shines. It scored the highest on all of CNET Labs' tests out of every other 22-inch display in its category. Its brightness and contrast ratio ratings in particular were far and away beyond the other screens. On our text test, we found Times New Roman was legible at a 7.5 point font and hard to see when we went down 6.8 points, replicating the end limit we found on HP's last 22-inch LCD. Our only major gripe was the w2207's HD video performance. We tried the Aeon Flux HD DVD (live-action version) and found that the image was decent, but it could've used some fine-tuning as there was a slight lack of sharpness and some streaking and ghosting. That illustrates our point that even though the w2207 is an HDCP-compliant display, we'd still rather watch a movie on a high-definition television.

Service and support
However much we like the overall performance of this monitor, we still think that HP's warranty is weak compared to displays from other vendors. HP backs it with only one year of parts-and-labor coverage. Asus, ViewSonic, and others all provide three years of protection. Still, you can find a variety of support resources on HP's Web site, including drivers, documentation, and the ability to chat with an HP tech.

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

CNET Labs DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP w2207
HP w22

Brightness test
In cd/m2  
HP w2207
HP w22
Note: Measured with the Minolta CA-210.

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP w2207
HP w22


HP W2207

Score Breakdown

Design 8Features 5Performance 9Support 6Setup 0
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