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without taking up much room. If you're looking for premium performance,
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and with good reason; the 23-inch TN panel is housed in an extremely
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glossy coated screen is framed by piano black bezels on the top and
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a short (1-inch) brushed aluminum arm with a built-in hinge that
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there are no USB ports included on this model.
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a video overdrive feature that can be used if you are experience motion
artifacts, and turn on/off the dynamic contrast ratio option.
The LED backlit panel averaged 27 watts of power,toshiba satellite a105-s4074 dvd drive
which is good but not exceptional. For example, the 23-inch Samsung
SyncMaster S23A550H ($259.99 list, 3.5 stars) averaged 19 watts. Both
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Gateway FHX2402L ($229.99 list, 3 stars) used just 16 watts of power,
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its blacks could be darker. The darkest step of the DisplayMate 64-Step
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was still some compression at the two brightest steps. I also observed a
touch of green tinting in the middle of the scale but the flaw was
minor and had no noticeable effect on color quality.
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(black-to-white) pixel response which helped deliver smooth video with
no apparent ghosting or blurring. Watching "Johnny English Reborn" on
Blu-ray was a pleasure, as long as I didn't stray too far from my
position directly in front of the screen. Likewise, the PS3 racing game
Midnight Club: Los Angeles played flawlessly without any lag or obvious
The HP x2301 is a sharp looking monitor with average performance and a
very basic feature set. It'll handle your everyday home office workload
and deliver smooth video and gaming performance for your after-hours
activities, but its grayscale and viewing angle performance hold it
back. Our reigning Editors' Choice, the Lenovo LS2421p Wide (Best Deal:
$205.95 at ANTOnline), also has some grayscale issues but it offers
better off-angle viewing, has a four-port USB hub, and is $30 cheaper
than the x2301.