I got another 24″ monitor (left) and its make is also HP. It sits comfortably paired with an HP w2408h (right) and its stand also supports tilt and swivel, something HP got right that other makes still don’t get. It is packaged with a complement of cables: a pair of HDMI, a pair of DVI, and a USB to bridge its ports to the computer. And of course, it is also 16:10 aspect ratio despite the overflow of cheaper 16:9 monitors on the market. Do consumers really care about the small black areas above/below a 1080p HD movie playing on their computer display? I’ll take the 1200 pixel rows over 1080 every time, thank you.
But what attracted me most about this particular model is its multiple video inputs: composite video, s-video, component video, 2x DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI. The monitor does a bang up job with the analog inputs, allowing for original and scaling sizes to maintain aspect or fill the screen. The screenshot shows a VIC 20’s composite video displaying in a Picture-in-Picture display overlaying a portion of the Fedora 15 Linux Gnome Shell background. This monitor also supports Picture-out-of-Picture (below) which means the widescreen display is split into two halves for side-by-side viewing, a very nice and quite usable option.
Desktop computing is fun again with this much screen real estate (3840×1200) to roam about and easy attachment of a variety of video sources to appease my retrogaming pleasures. It is truly versatile by every measure.