HP Pavilion 24xw Review: Good IPS Monitor for the Value

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The HP Pavilion 24xw is a well-designed monitor, offering an impressive IPS display, very sharp picture quality, good viewing angle and full HD support. A very good looking monitor in both design and display quality, I had a lot of fun testing out all of its great features. This is my unbiased review for the HP Pavilion 24xw.

Specifications

Screen Size: 23.8 inch
Panel Type: IPS with LED Backlight
 Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 10,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Response Time: 8 milliseconds
Vertical Viewing Angle: 178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle: 178°
Dimensions: 12.89 x 21.25 x 2 inches
Screen Coating: Anti-Glare
Built-In Speakers: None
Adaptive Sync: G-SYNC
Connectivity: 1 x VGA + 2 x HDMI (w/ HDCP support)
Color: Silver/White

First Impressions

When I opened the box, I found the monitor, AC power adapter and cord, HDMI cable, VGA cable, a cable management clip and a CD with driver and some documentation like the warranty and setup.

Straight from the box, I thought this was a very beautiful monitor. It has a distinctly contemporary look like that of Apple products. It’s incredibly thin, only 2 inches in depth, with practically no bezel and the silver and white color scheme really adding to the modern feel. I was actually surprised by how tiny the bezel is. The official description states that this monitor is “bezel-less” when in reality, it’s more that the bezel is so tiny, it’s hardly noticeable. This really maximizes the screen, which I liked. The stand looks neat and feels durable and sturdy, and the open wedge design makes it easy to access the HDMI and VGA ports. This monitor looks great on my desk and I feel it spruces up my home office a bit. It was very easy to attach the monitor to the stand, as was connecting it to my desktop computer via HDMI. The menu was also easy to navigate, and I flew through setup fairly quickly. I think the easy setup was a big bonus and that even tech newbies would find it a piece of cake. If you do struggle, it comes with an instruction manual anyway.

Once I was all setup, it was time to test out the display.

Display Quality

I have to say; I was really impressed with the display quality on this HP monitor. From the get-go, I found the color and clarity to be superb and the Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution impressive with an ultra-sharp picture. There is no dead pixels and text is very sharp. If you’ve never tried an IPS panel, then you’ll be blown away by the quality and you’ll want to use nothing else in the future. I certainly wasn’t let down in this case. The viewing angles and color range is fantastic. The super sharp picture is like magic, and one of the first things I did to test it out was hit Youtube to watch a movie trailer in HD. It does give a cinema-quality feeling to watching videos, which I love. The display also has an anti-glare coating, which I found worked pretty well for reducing reflection on the screen. This is definitely a good monitor option for those who want to watch movies or play games on their monitor.

Features

The HP Pavilion 24xw comes with a nifty angle-viewing feature that I really liked. If you want, you can tilt the screen 2° forwards or 25° backward, good if, like me, you hate having a static monitor that you have to adjust your height too. However, since this has an IPS display, this feature wasn’t necessarily needed but was a nice bonus.

When you don’t use it for awhile, the monitor will go into standby mode and wake up effortlessly once in use again. You can leave it on 24/7 if you like. There’s a quick 8 ms response time gray to gray.

The monitor comes with the HP My Display software that helps you tune the monitor’s settings to your preferences and lets you save your preferred settings, so if the monitor is being used by multiple users, they can choose their own settings.

Connectivity

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The HP Pavilion 24xw has two connections options: one VGA port and dual HDMI ports situated in the open wedge stand. The ports are easily accessed through the opening and once connected, the cables can be brought through the opening easily or be left in the back. The cable management clip makes it easy to keep the cables neatly in order when you have more than one connected. I found connectivity to be seamless and fast. One of the first things I did when I turned on this monitor was to connect it to my desktop computer via HDMI and it connected instantly. There was no lag or waiting time, so I was very impressed. I also tested out the VGA port by connecting the monitor to my ASUS laptop using the cable supplied and again, it connected very quickly.

I connected both a PS4 and XBOX One and found the connection was quick and easy. The cable stays securely in place on both ends so you can enjoy great gameplay on this monitor without worrying about it coming loose.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the HP Pavilion 24xw monitor. It has a really impressive picture quality, with impressive HD resolution, 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 16:9 aspect ratio. The IPS (In-Plane Switching) Panel is definitely it’s most impressive feature, offering phenomenal color range and viewing angles, that will leave you totally unwilling to go back to a lesser display. The HDMI and VGA connectivity worked seamlessly and without any trouble. The super thin design would look great on any desk, with the silver and white color scheme giving it a distinctively modern feel. The 23.8-inch diagonal screen has practically no bezel to make the most of the stunning display so you can enjoy HD movies or games with ease.

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