HP 22cwa Review: Budget IPS Monitor

HP 22cwa

Introduction

There is no denying that the HP 22cwa is a budget monitor. While it is affordable and all, this monitor has a lot more to offer compared to other monitors of the same price range. HP has managed to achieve two things with this model – offer a respectable set of specs and keep the price within the ‘budget’ range. The truth is – it is quite seldom to find these two advantages on a single monitor.

While it is a bit smaller in size, the monitor does not fall short when it comes to quality. The IPS technology is one aspect that makes it a good option. Another is the slender bezel that provides seamless and borderless viewing satisfaction. You cannot discount the fact that the OSD buttons are easy to access. Users also have the option between two colors – black or white. As it is the relatively smaller monitor, you can expect that this is ultra lightweight and weighs only 6.6 lbs.

 Specifications

  • 21.5 Inches Screen
  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 7ms Response Time
  • Ports: VGA, HDMI
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.3248mm
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 8,000,000:1

Performance

Using this monitor for the first time offers a multitude of surprises. In this HP 22cwa monitor review, you would see that it has exceeded my expectation. The display resolution of 1920 x 1080 is one of the reasons, which has offered the same richness of color as those offered by more expensive monitors. The diagonal viewing capability and the full-screen support provided for lower resolutions are also two of the important features you can get from such an affordable monitor. If you are working on wider images, you can also adjust the scaling without hurting the image’s original aspect ratio.

The response time is also pleasantly satisfactory. It would not be surprising if advanced gamers think twice before purchasing this model. While the picture and the graphics quality as relatively good, the lack of built-in sound system. You may have to install one or connect speakers to fully enjoy the audiovisual experience.

When it comes to the quality of the display, this model is certainly a step further compared to other monitors of the same price range. The monitor comes with an IPS display, which allows users to benefit from rich and detailed graphics and higher color reproduction. One would instantly see that color depth and a minimal color shift in wide viewing angles. Aside from the wide viewing angle, it also has a tilt capability. So, whether you wish to watch in standing or sitting position, or whether you have the habit of moving from one spot to the other, you can still enjoy consistent quality of graphics, details, and color.

Using this monitor under any lighting condition is not a problem. It has a built-in anti-glare coating which makes its viewing easier on the eye. For any adjustment or calibration on color, contrast, and others, you may simply access the On-Screen Display. The OSD of this monitor allows easy setup and optimization. Moreover, it comes in several languages.

Features

Aside from the quality IPS Panel of this HP 22cwa 1080p display, users also get to adjust the settings of the monitor as this is equipped with My Display Software. Any HDMI inputs are also protected via the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection or the HDCP copy protection. Moreover, new users also get to receive a documentation and software disc, which also includes all product records about this HP monitor and all monitor drivers.

If you are an environmentally conscious person, this monitor is a good option. One important section of this HP 22cwa PC monitor review that I’d like to highlight is the eco-efficiency of the monitor. This HP monitor has its own energy-saver technology in order to substantially reduce the consumption of energy when in use, in idle mode, or not in use at all. The Auto-Sleep Mode, for example, is one mode you can access via the OSD and is designed to ensure that the power state of the display is reduced.

Design

HP 22cwa

Lightweight and attractive – these are the typical first impressions you would hear about the HP 22cwa. Unboxing and setting it up are also both a breeze. To assemble the stand and the screen, you simply have to screw and slide. That’s it. However, if you are looking for a monitor that you can mount on the wall, you may be slightly disappointed as this monitor does not come with VESA-mount support. But still, you may opt to purchase a back plate, if you wish to mount it on the wall. Although the back housing is made of plastic, it still feels durable and sturdy.

Connectivity

The HP 22cwa IPS monitor is designed to support HDMU or analog input. To be used on any analog operation, you will need a signal cable specifically for VGA. You can connect the cable directly to the VGA connection at the back of the unit. Just the same, you will just have to use an HDMI cable to connect any device to the HDMI port you will see at the rear of the monitor.

Conclusion

This is probably one of those ‘love it or hate it’ types of monitor. The affordability, LED backlighting, and the IPS display quality are sufficient reasons to purchase. On the other hand, if you are a design-conscious and a serious gamer, this monitor may fall short of your expectation. As a conclusion, if you are looking for a monitor that could provide a quality picture for streaming and computing purposes and are not in search for the best gaming monitor, the HP 22cwa can be an excellent choice.

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