HP’s oh-so-affordable 22-inch display isn’t the least bit spartan. It’s attractively styled with reflective-black and anodized-silver trimmings, and it has a dual-hinged neck for height adjustment; tilt, swivel, and rotate functionality; and numerous welcome acronyms: DVI, VGA, two USB ports, HDCP support, and OSD controls. A built-in speaker is hardly worth mentioning.
The w2207 also boasts a glossy screen, which might be prone to glare in environments with bright overhead or direct lighting but otherwise makes for a dazzling picture. In all our real-world tests, the display’s shiny surface made content look more striking and contrast seem greater than on the other two screens reviewed here.
But the w2207 does have its issues. In DisplayMate, it was the least impressive of the group, thanks to some backlight blotchiness on a totally dark screen, minor color-tracking irregularities, and banding in grayscales of 128 or more steps. While these factors tempered our enthusiasm for the monitor, they didn’t mar our experience in games, movies, and other applications.
The neck is versatile in its adjustable-ness.
The glossy screen creates glorious contrast--but great glare too.