HP LE2201w review

The basic connection options limit usability, but it's a good office monitor

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Our Verdict

This monitor is better suited to offices and workstations than home entertainment PCs

For

  • Good colour reproduction
  • Good black levels

Against

  • Not very bright
  • Very limited connections
  • Basic styling

The HP LE2201w is a sturdy-looking monitor that won't look out of place on any office desk.

The 22-inch panel is finished with a matt-black surround and sits on a simple stand that offers tilt adjustment, but no elevation.

There is a built-in handle on the rear of the monitor that allows you to move and position it with ease. By taking a look at the connections on the base of the monitor you instantly get the feeling this is an entry-level device, as there is only a single D-sub port and the power input – nothing else.

With a screen resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels, the lack of a digital connection won't be a problem for the average laptop user though. The front of the monitor has the control buttons in the right-hand corner. There is a power switch and three function keys, making it extremely easy to set up and colour-balance the LE2201w.

The menu system is simple, but we found that the buttons have a rather hollow click as we used them.

Test results

When it came to testing, the screen delivered a reasonable colour balance with a warm overall look to images. White balance also proved more than acceptable, with black levels appearing deep and sharp, adding a nice level of contrast.

However, we did find the panel to be quite dark, with the screen only starting to truly deliver when at 90 per cent brightness.

This is largely due to the panel's 250cd/m² brightness rating, compared to the average 300cd/m² of other panels. It isn't a serious issue, but it does make the screen's images appear rather heavy.

The HP LE2201w is not the largest or brightest screen on test, it is definitely better suited to the office than the living room and its connections are certainly showing their age, but for an entry-level widescreen monitor it offers reasonable value for money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, REACH
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyEssential
ColourBlack
Brightness250 cd/m², 250 cd/m²
Screen ModeWSXGA+
Maximum Resolution1680 x 1050
Brand NameHP
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size55.9 cm (22")
Operating Power Consumption35 W
Height with Stand415 mm
Width with Stand515 mm
Depth with Stand207 mm
Height345 mm
Width515 mm
Depth60 mm
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelLE2201w
Product NameEssential LE2201w Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineEssential
Manufacturer Part NumberNK571AT
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy expansive views of your office software, Internet, and e-mail with the HP LE2201w 55,9 cm (22") Widescreen LCD Monitor, our most energy-efficient large-screen Essential series monitor ever.

Package Contents
  • Essential LE2201w Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • VGA Cable
  • HP Display Assistant
  • HP Display LiteSaver
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.20 kg