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by John R. Delaney, 18 Jan 2013Reviews
HP x2401 review

If thin is in, then the HP x2401 is "all in." Sporting a slender brushed metal cabinet and an MVA (Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) panel, this 24in monitor is as much about style as it is about performance. You get the bold colours and accurate greyscale reproduction that MVA technology is known for in a cabinet that is anything but ordinary. The x2410 only has two video inputs, but they are both digital and are both conveniently located so you can easily plug in your laptop, desktop, and other digital sources. Unfortunately, that's about all you get in terms of features.

Design and features

The x2401's 24in screen is housed in a brushed aluminium cabinet that is only an inch thick. With this model, HP did away with the traditional stand assembly and instead outfitted the cabinet with an easel-type stand similar to the one used on the Viewsonic VSD220. The support arm, also done up in brushed metal, has a 25-degree tilt range and can be removed if you decide to mount the monitor on a wall.

The 1,920 x 1,080 panel is framed by thin 15mm glossy black bezels. There's a 108mm high panel below the bottom bezel that gives the monitor height and contains five rounded buttons, a power LED, and a silver HP logo. Behind the panel's left side, facing outward, is an HDMI input, along with a DisplayPort input and a power jack. However, that's all you get in terms of features – you won't find any USB ports, a card reader, webcam, or speakers on the x2401.

Picture controls include brightness, contrast, sharpness, dynamic contrast ratio, and five colour temperature choices. You can also change the scaling to fit the aspect ratio or fill the screen. The x2401 lacks an ECO mode but it does have a sleep timer to help conserve energy.

The x2401 comes with a one year warranty and ships with an HDMI cable with an L-shaped connector on one end. Also included in the box is a VESA wall plate, a power brick, and a resource CD containing a user guide and drivers.

Performance

The x2401's MVA panel had no trouble reproducing dark and light shades of grey from the DisplayMate 64-step Greyscale test. Colour quality was also very good; reds, greens, and blues were nicely saturated and appeared uniform, gradating smoothly from dark to light. There was no obvious tinting and skin tones were balanced and natural.

The x2410's 12-millisecond (black-to-white) pixel response handled basic video without issues but I detected traces of motion blur while playing Midnight Run: Los Angeles, a fast-paced street racing game for the PS3. I also observed some motion blur while playing the PC version of Far Cry 2. Casual gamers may not notice the ghosting but hardcore gamers almost certainly will.

The x2410 doesn't require a lot of power. It averaged 20 Watts during testing, and that’s only slightly more than the Acer T232HL, a 23in IPS monitor, which used 18 watts in ECO mode. The x2410 doesn't have an ECO mode but it's very power efficient nonetheless.

Verdict

With the HP x2401 you get vibrant colours, solid greyscale performance, and good energy efficiency in an extremely thin 24in monitor. Although the easel stand has limited adjustability it does provide a generous tilt range and gives the monitor an edgy look.

That said, the x2401's lack of features hold it back – a USB port or two would be nice, and a card reader would allow the x2401 to double as an oversized digital picture frame. Also, the response time will put off many of those who want to do a bit of gaming.

If you want to save a few quid without sacrificing performance or style, consider the AOC i2757fh instead. It offers a few more ports than the x2401 and it gives you significantly more screen real estate (27in).

Specifications

Manufacturer and Model

HP x2401

PC Interfaces

HDMI, DisplayPort

Native Resolution

1920 x 1080

Diagonal Screen Size

24in

Aspect Ratio

16:9

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