My bank had in place a points reward program where you accumulated points when you used your bank card, which I was totally unaware of, until recently. With these points you could go shopping for pre-selected merchandise. The bank recently sent notice that the rewards program terminated in May and that I had until July 31st to redeem any points I may have accumulated. Guess what? My neglect paid off. By the luck of the draw I was able to use my points to order a Hewlett Packard 2310 23” LCD Monitor. During the wait for this monitor I did some research on the HP 2310 and immediately began noticing that the HP 2310 had high user ratings; however, it was at the end of its’ shelf life and was not in stock on many sites. At this point my spirit started breaking and I commenced thinking that I would be getting a refurbished monitor instead.
Today the monitor arrived, as promised; however, my neglect to this rewards program paid off a second time. I did not receive the HP 2310 monitor; instead, I received the HP 2311 23” LED monitor which is a current generation monitor. It was like being a kid again and it was Christmas time (in June)…
I will start off saying one thing. The HP 2311 LED monitor is awesome!
From (un) packaging to desktop, I was up in running within 20 minutes. After you unpack the monitor you will be required to install the base stand (which is very easy to do). With the base stand installed you can angle the monitor up and down. Connecting to the PC is very easy and you have option of either using the included VGA or DVI-D cable. Once the monitor and computer is powered up, Windows 7 will automatically install a generic driver for this monitor which will work fine; however, I recommend using the driver software that is supplied on the CD that is included with the monitor.
Once I had this monitor fired up and running, I simply sat back in awe and was saying to myself, “How do they do this?”. The brightness, the clarity, the sharpness, the definition, etc… are all right on target. The whites are pure white and the blacks are pure black. It is very noticeable in comparison with my LCD monitor. I have only had this monitor for a very short period of time; however, I have been behind hundreds of monitors and this one surely has to be one of the best I have worked with.
Here are the specs for this monitor. If interested, A good starting point to purchase this monitor is Amazon [ HERE ] .
Monitor type: 23″ ultra-slim LED monitor
Contrast Ratio (typical):1,000:1 (typical) 3,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Brightness (typical): 250 nits
Pixel pitch: 0.265 mm
Response rate (typical):5 ms
ENERGY STAR Qualified: ENERGY STAR qualifed and EPEAT Silver registered
Signal Input Connector: VGA, DVI-D (with HDCP), HDMI (with HDCP)
Misc. Tilt:Yes (0 to +25 degrees)
Dimensions: 16.40 (h) x 21.97 x 6.26 (d)