REVIEW: HP ZR22w Part 14
Overscan setting on the monitor.
In the "Overscan" setting, the image is displayed as slightly enlarged and the edges are truncated, so this option should remain deactivated in normal cases.
The adjustment of the video level is also very important for the correct display of the material. Adjustment problems here can cause pronounced clipping in brighter and darker colours or lead to a flat imaged with a reduced range of hues and no full black or white.
Pronounced colour errors in YCbCr mode.
The DVI connection of the monitor always expects an RGB signal with PC levels. Switching to YCbCr mode causes major colour errors due to the lack of a HDMI connection.
The HP ZR22w is suitable for use as a beginner monitor for all-round use, since its performance is not truly negative in any sector. However, in return, it only provides a very good performance in a few areas. The grey level coverage counts as one of the very good results, but the blue hue deviates considerably from the ideal value and the sRGB colour space is not covered completely. In addition, the good values were only achieved after a calibration.
The gaming characteristics are also very good for a monitor with an IPS panel – only for hardcore gamers would a monitor with a TN panel be a better choice. In addition, the manufacturing quality and mechanics if the monitor stood out in a positive sense together with its heavy base, which offers all necessary adjustment options. The interpolation is also good.
The IPS panel and the 16:9 resolution are actually a good basis for being able to enjoy films on the monitor, but the monitor only puts in a mediocre performance in this area. For playback via an external player, it is subject to some limitations, since it cannot process any half frame-based signals and lacks a HDMI connection, speakers and a video mode.
In addition, the low power consumption must also be mentioned as a positive aspect, being considerably lower the manufacturer’s indication and reaching a maximum of 28.4 watts. Overall, the monitor offers a great price/performance ratio and has truly earned its rating of "good".
Overall rating: GOOD
Technical specification: HP ZR22w
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