|HP 2310e LED-backlit Display Review|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Mike Flacy|
|Monday, 17 January 2011|
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With my many hours of use, I didn’t run into any eye strain despite extended hours typing up reviews like this one. The monitor uses a TN active matrix panel rather than IPS, but I never got the feeling like that was a detriment to the performance. HD video, both on Blu-ray and streaming off the net, was absolutely fantastic in sharpness and detail. I also used the display to do some quick Photoshop retouching on about 16GB of RAW photos from my Canon 60D and the color balance was fantastic as well as the wide angle display for all my tiny detail modifications.
With the HDMI port, I had difficulties filling up the entire screen at 1080p resolution (60Hz) with a Dell Zino HD as well as my standalone custom PC. No matter how much I fiddled with auto detecting the source or messed around with over scan, it wouldn’t fill more than 80 to 85% of the screen. Oddly, I didn’t have the same problem with a PS3 or an Xbox 360. I would imagine it has to do with the restrictions of the video card in the PC, but it was annoying. When switching to the DVI port, I didn’t experience any framing problems. Also, beware of the shiny reflection off the monitor. I was mostly using this in an office with a window behind me and often caught myself in the reflection rather than the on-screen action. The bezel is also prone to fingerprints so keep a cloth handy to wipe it down.
I’ve been using the 2310e for both business, gaming and Blu-ray watching pretty steadily for the last couple of months and have been satisfied with the results. Frankly, I enjoyed movies on the panel the most, but I can fully recommend it as a general use screen for web browsing. If being green is your thing, you can also be happy that the HP 2310e leaves a small footprint using just 20 watts of power most of the time. The cabinet was built using recycled plastics and there is no mercury within the LED backlighting. HP offers a 3 year warranty on the panel, fairly standard with the rest of the industry. If you are looking for a new HD flat panel for design work / general entertainment or simply want a panel that matches your minimalistic office motif, you really can’t go wrong with the gorgeous, stylish HP 2310e 23 inch flat panel LED monitor. ($299 MSRP)