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>> Eric: Hi, everyone, this is Eric Franklin from CNETT.com and I'd just like to say that at worst, I'll get chewed out. I've been chewed out before. Today, we're taking a first look at the HP2709M. The HP's Black Bessel and 27 inch screen are strikingly glossy and not surprisingly, fingerprint magnets. The flisan [assumed spelling] is kind of narrow and the display wobbles quite a bit when knocked from the sides. Also, the whole monitor swivels 360 degrees. [Inaudible] options include HTMI, DVI, and VGA and all are fairly easy to access. The [inaudible] is located in the lower right hand corner, but it's not as intuitive as we'd like, because some of its execution is pretty clunky. And we prefer simpler methods to complete some of the tasks. There's also a quick view menu that includes four presets. Located in the corner of the HP's Bessel is a useful ambient light sensor. The light sensor increases or decreases the brightness of the display, which grows darker with little ambient light and lighter with more. The HP includes built in speakers on the bottom rear corners of the display. The speakers produce a low volume and muffled sound during dialog scenes in movies, but have decent value when playing music. When looking at movies in the movie preset, we found that while the colors look full and vibrant, they're also kind of oversaturated. Colors in games also look oversaturated in the gaming preset. Games, however, show no signs of streaking, trails, or input lag. On both games and movies, we did see some screen tearing in the middle of the screen, every so often. Not constant enough to be overly distracting, but annoying and noticeable when it cropped up. In power consumption, we found that the HP2709M will cost about $26 a year to run. The 27 inch, HP2709M offers the largest screen at a 25.5 HPW2550HC, but that's about the only advantage the display has over the latter. The 2709M exhibited worse performance in games and movies and has less features and a slightly lower resolution than the 1920 X 1080, compare it with the 2558 1920 X 1200 resolution. HP sells the 2709M for 425 bucks direct, but again, you can find it for around 350 bucks through other retailers. If you're in the market for a large screen display, and a less of 16 9 aspect ratio is important to you, we recommend the HPW2558HC over the 2709M, thanks to its abundance of features that the 2709M mostly lacks.
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Once again, this is Eric Franklin, it's been the first look at the HP2709M.
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