Maybe your budget doesn't allow for a 30-inch IPS monitor, especially after the holiday shopping season left us all a little lighter in the wallet. Or perhaps you don't have room for a ginormous panel, or a strong enough videocard to drive a super high screen resolution. On the other end of the spectrum is Hewlett-Packard's new Compaq-branded LE2002xm monitor, a 20-inch LED backlit LCD display priced at an even $155.
Compact and affordable, there are concessions that go beyond the small screen size. There's no HDMI port and it's native resolution is 1600x900, short of Full HD, but perhaps sufficient for a secondary display or a monitor for the kids. And if we're justifying the resolution, would you really want to cram 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 pixels on a 20-inch screen?
HP rates the viewing angle at 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical. The LE2002xm has a 5ms response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic), and DVI-D and VGA connectivity inputs. Somewhat surprisingly, HP managed to shove a set of integrated stereo speakers into the LE2002xm. Granted integrated speakers rarely sound great, but at 155 bones, it's a nice addition.
The LE2002xm is available now .
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