HP Pavilion 22xw Review: Best Budget IPS Monitor

HP Pavilion 22xw

Introduction

The HP Pavilion 22xw is a great value for gamers and office users alike, with a high-quality display provided by the IPS panel technology and connectivity by HDMI cable for connection to computer or gaming console. The monitor itself looks great on a desk and is user-friendly, particularly for people who are more concerned with solid pre-set features rather than wanting to customize the features especially. The patented WEDGE design of the stand, along with the bezel-less edges, makes this monitor as unique as it is useful.

Specifications

  • 21.5 Inches Screen
  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz
  • 7ms Response Time
  • Ports: VGA and HDMI (with HDCP support)
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 10,000,000:1

Performance

The LED screen gives almost no bleeding of color around the edges. Its brightness permits it to offer clear and crisp images even in a sunny or brightly lit room. With a fairly quick response time of 7ms, along with a 60 Hertz refresh rate, gamers and movie watchers can enjoy high picture quality without any image tearing or ghosting, and with the V-sync engaged, you can avoid frame shuddering and flickering.

On this screen, even the smallest of fonts are formed well and easily read, and the high definition content is highly detailed and crisp in appearance. With the bezel-less frame, the screen feels like an HDTV screen rather than feeling like a desktop computer monitor. The response time of 7ms, fast moving scenes are adequately portrayed, although gamers might note some minor amount of blurring in the images and action of their games.

When tested with the 64-step Grayscale test provided by DisplayMate, this screen can display every one of the 64 shades, even though the very darkest shade should have been someone darker; still, it was distinguishable from the others. The dark gray’s insufficient darkness results in a small amount of detail loss in the test photo, but for a black and white photographer who is working at a less than professional level, this integrity issue may not even be noticeable.

This monitor is considered a good value for a gaming monitor, delivering high gaming performance, color accuracy, grayscale, and viewing angles, all for a relatively reasonable price. It has fewer customizable features than some monitors, but in a situation where the pre-existing settings and features already suit your use, it’s a great buy.

With its anti-glare screen and the HP Enhance+ features, this monitor promises a clear and crisp image. The screen is certified by Energy Start for using a low amount of electricity, so you can do your part toward saving our world even while you play games in which you save fictional worlds. The energy efficient and eco-friendly features include display backlighting that is mercury free, display glass that is free of arsenic, low halogen use, and recyclable packaging.

The In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel on this monitor provides a wide angle of viewability, giving optimal vantage points across the viewing range. Even when two people share the screen, as gamers are apt to do, there is no struggle for the optimal seat because the view is equal regardless of where each user sits.

Features

The settings on the HP Pavilion 22xw monitor can be adjusted with the touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom front of the screen. Alternatively, you can personalize the settings with the proprietary My Display software, which comes with the monitor, enabling you to alter the settings using your mouse and keyboard in place of the touch buttons.

The available settings include the temperature of colors (cool, standard, warm, and custom settings), gamma (high, medium, low, and off), contrast, and brightness. With the Quick View menu, you can select from five video presets (movie, photo, gaming, text, and HP Enhance+) as well as a customized setting. You can set up the My Display options using the included wizard that enables you to select the optimal contrast and brightness levels.

Additionally, it has a basic calibration function to optimize your grayscale settings, as well as a partitioning tool that enables you to define your own split screen areas and to drag-and-drop various windows to open and available partitions. With these options in mind, the HP Pavilion 22xw can be considered a strong performer. The color display is uniformly saturated evenly across the screen and holds its integrity when viewed from a wide range of angles.

The touch-sensitive function buttons along the bottom edge of the screen are not labeled, and (except for the power button) not even visible until the user swipes their finger across the screen bottom. With a swipe, the buttons light up against the white backlight.

On the list of lacking features, it must be noted that the HP Pavilion 22xw does not have integrated speakers. Given that many users purchase this monitor with gaming and film watching in mind, the lack of speakers are a shame. Just don’t forget to add the cost of speakers to your own estimate of what funds you’ll be spending to set up your new monitor.

Design

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The HP Pavilion 22xw is a sleek, futuristic model with a thin silver accented cabinet and a modern design with angled stand. Its aesthetics are lovely, its footprint is small on your desk, and the display gives good grayscale and great color, all available at the wide angles for viewing that this and other IPS panel monitors.

The unusual design without bezel on sides and top makes the screen seem even bigger than usual. This monitor comes with a silver brushed-metal stand, which allows for tilt adjustment, but not swiveling, pivot, or height adjustment. The cabinet of the monitor is available either in black or white, so you can choose the look for your office set-up. The screen itself is sometimes reflective of environmental lights, sometimes even mirroring the user when the light hits it wrong, and the included stand is minimally adjustable. But all in all, this is a solid monitor with good delivery within the parameters of its somewhat limited options.

The angled stand of the HP Pavilion 22xw is sturdy enough to withstand the use of touch-screen button use on the front of the monitor. It also adds a modernistic air to the overall appearance of the monitor. Only the bottom of the screen has a bezel, on which the function buttons appear when swiped by the user.

Connectivity

The HP Pavilion 22xw offers only these types of video ports: DVI/VGA, and HDMI. It does not feature ports for USB, or jacks for speakers or headphones, leaving it with the minimal number of options for connectivity. Be aware that the monitor may not arrive with the HDMI cable included in the package; it usually ships only with the VGA cable and the Utilities CD.

Conclusion

The combination of high-quality visuals and relatively low price tag make the HP Pavilion 22xw an excellent candidate for office use, for gamers, and for multimedia users alike. Short of professional video editing or photography use, the display features of this monitor are more than adequate for a multitude of uses.

The monitor itself is sturdy and sleek to look at, adding a touch of panache to an office even when the screen is turned off. If you don’t need a display port or USB connectivity, this is among the best choices of a screen for its price range. You will not find many comparable monitors actually in the price range, which says a great deal about what a great deal this one is.

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