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REVIEW: HP L1955 (s)

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3/3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size: 19"
Pixel size [mm]: 0,294
Native resolution: 1.280 x 1.024
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 380 x 305 / 482,5
Video-In, connector: D-Sub analog / DVI-I analog & digital
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 56 - 75
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 30 – 82 / 140
Color mode preset/user: 3 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: D-Sub cable, DVI-D cable, DVI-A cable, USB cable, USB-Hub, internal power supply unit
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 404 x 427 - 566 x 211
Weight [kg]: 7,5
Compliance: TCO03, TUEV/GS, ISO 13406-2, CE
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: 40 / - / -
Test date: 28.11.2004
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analog)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: ++
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: +
Brightness allocation: ++
Interpolation image quality: +
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: +
Suitable for occasional gamer: +
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +/-
Suitable for DVD/Video: +
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 680,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

There is no question that we are being asked more frequently than what the ideal LCD monitor is. It have an excellent color reproduction and at the same time also feature very fast response times. On the one hand, DVDs and multimedia applications should be optimally displayed and on the other hand it should be fast enough to serve its purpose as a gamer monitor for playing first person shooters and the like.

In the last years, the 19 inch class of monitors wasn't exactly famous having a lot to offer in this regard. MVA and PVA panel were dominating this size range. Since early this year however, things have changed. Not only are there devices with S-IPS now, but also devices with TN panel have recently become available. TN panel technology is currently preferred by most hardcore gamers. But this panel category comes at the cost of the huge disadvantage that these devices are only capable of merely displaying 16.2 million colors and are thereby clearly left behind by the competition of VA technology when it comes to color reproduction. Even more evident is the moderate only viewing angle where, again, VA panels clearly lead the field. So S-IPS seemed the best alternative so far, since they combined free of streaking gaming experience and ideal color reproduction. But their contrast values and color reproduction are just marginally behind those of VA models. Although faster MVA panels have already found their way into LCD-TVs for a long time now, there was still no model that was able to stand out with response times lower than 25 ms. First attempts of manufacturers to promote models featuring 20 ms had no basis at all, since those values could never be achieved in real world situations. In consequence, they silently changed their data sheets and went back to the more "down to the earth" statements of 25 ms.

Now HP presents with their L1955 the to be sure first 19 inch LCD with S-MVA and a specified response time of 16 ms. This announcement surely drew quite some attention. But it also stirred a great deal of interest in this monitor and a detailed review in our board. We now want to determine whether HP really succeeded in bringing something totally new to the market or the PR department just shouted a little too loud once more.

The HP L1955 from the front view and back view. The right picture shows the cable clamp in the

All results issued in this review have been established by using the digital input, with the exception of the test runs for analog image quality, which have been established on the analog input. Our test bed ran with a Gainward 750 Geforce4 Titanium graphics card.

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