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REVIEW: HP LP2480zx

Warranty LCD/Backlight (Years): 3 incl. Pickup Service
Max. pixel faults (according to ISO 13406-2): Class II
Panel size [inch]: 24
Pixel size [mm]: 0,270
Native resolution: 1.920 x 1.200 (16:10)
Visible screen size/diagonal [mm]: 522 x 325 / 610
Video-In, connector: 2x DVI-I (analogue & digital), 1x DisplayPort (digital), 1x HDMI (digital), 1x YPbPr, 1x S-Video, 1x Composite
Vertical frequency [Hz]: 47 - 61
Max. horizontal frequency/ video bandwidth [kHz/MHz]: 24 - 80 / 165
Color mode preset/user: 6 / 1
LCD pivotable / portrait mode: Yes / Yes
LCD display arm option: Yes
Features: 1x DisplayPort cable , 1x DVI-D cable, 1x HDMI cable, 1x D-Sub VGA-to-DVI-A cable, USB cable, CD-ROM with quick start guide and screen manager software, papers
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm]: 565 x 425 - 525 x 254 (with feet)
Weight [kg]: 12,5
Compliance: TCO99, ISO 13406-2 VDT Guidelines Approval, CISPR Requirements, VCCI Approvals, MIC (Korean) Requirements, CSA, Australian ACA Approval, "GS" Mark, TÜV Approvals, CE Marking, FCC Approval
Power consumption On/Stand-by/Off [Watt]: < 90 / 3 / - (manufactor)
Test date: 11.01.2010
Rating:  
Picture stability: ++ (digital) ++ (analogue)
Viewing angle dependency: ++
Contrast: ++
Color space: ++
Subjective impression of image quality: +
Shades of gray resolution: +
Brightness allocation: +
Interpolation image quality: ++
Fabrication of case/frame, mechanics: ++
Operating, OSD: ++
Suitable for occasional gamer: +
Suitable for hardcore gamer: +/-
Suitable for DVD/Video: + (progressiv playback)
Price [incl. VAT. in Euros]: 2.240,00

++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad

Introduction

For a long time, Hewlett-Packard was not usually associated with high-end LCDs for image or video editing. When one looks at the LP2480zx, this opinion has to be revised. The 24-inch H-IPS panel is illuminated by three colours of LED, which increase the colour space covered further as compared with CCFL-backlit monitors. The HP model supports the playback of signals with 10 bits per channel, with which the panel is also controlled, via DisplayPort and HDMI inputs.

The HP LP2480zx (Source: HP)

The large number of signal inputs is unusual in this sector. The computer is connected via DVI-I or DisplayPort. For analogue video sources, the model offers one each of YPbPr, S-Video and Composite inputs. On the one hand, this allows us to conclude that the HP 2480zx has a deinterlacer and on the other, it allows us to hope that various refresh rates are supported without difficulty.

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The datasheet awakens high expectations: A hardware calibration can be realised via the 12-Bit LUT and optional calibration software incl. measuring device. Various image modes limit the large colour space of the model (including the working colour spaces sRGB and AdobeRGB). In addition, HP also promises flexible colour space emulation.

Because of the extensive set of features and the target group that the monitor aims at, a comparison with the recently tested Eizo CG243W is especially interesting.

All results published in the test were obtained via the digital output of an nVidia Geforce GTX 280 from Gainward. In order to test the video functions, we used a Lumagen RadianceXD and an iScan VP50. In addition, an OPPO DV-980H was used as a player device for DVDs and a Sony S350E was used for Blu-rays.

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