We will ascend in price in this review, so let's begin with the HP w2558hc monitor. The HP w2558hc is the cheaper of the two monitors in this discussion at an average price of about $450 depending on where you shop. Your investment in the monitor is protected by a one-year limited parts and labor warranty that provides in-home service or free shipping if any covered problem should occur. The duration of the warranty may seem a bit paltry to some, considering some warranties of similar devices are good for up to three years. Besides the hands-on repair you also have the option of going on HP's website for chat or email support or calling their around-the-clock phone support.
The HP w2558hc has a 25.5 inch screen and weighs 22 pounds. It officially measures 20.2 inches high by 24.4 inches wide by 11.3 inches deep including the foot stand, and only 3.25 inches deep without it. The HP w2558hc is an attractive monitor that is entirely black with the exception of a gray border on its sides; the foot stand is grey as well.
Taking a quick glance, you can tell it is a solid LCD. The bezel measures 1.5 inches around the screen and both have a flashy, glossy finish. Of course one down side to that glossy finish is that it will accumulate many fingerprints, so keep something handy to wipe it off from time to time.
The stand is very sturdy and does its job in keeping the display steady regardless of any interfering movements. You can change the height of the display by three inches, however it will not swivel on its own. It moves as one with the stand, but you can rotate the entire apparatus by rotating the stand, as it swivels on a small protrusion at the bottom of the device.
Features abound on the HP w2558hc. There are plenty of connectivity options, including two HDMI ports and a DVI-D port for video, as well as four USB downstream ports and one USB upstream port. The HP w2558hc also has a microSD card reader slot and a CompactFlash port. You can manually adjust picture settings on the monitor, such as brightness and contrast, among others through the on-screen display, or choose one of the four video presets provided.
Besides your typical LCD features, HP included some extra goodies on the HP w2558hc. There is a built-in web cam and microphone on the monitor, as well as a small task light for those who like to work in the dark. There is even an ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the screen's brightness according to changing light in the room.
Another nice little touch on the HP w2558hc is a digital picture frame editor, which allows you to transfer your favorite digital photos to the HP w2558hc and edit them or create slideshows. A small remote control is included with the monitor to specifically control this photo editing feature.
For its price, the HP w2558hc is a worthy purchase. It has plenty of connectivity options, and its extra features like the web cam, microphone, and digital picture editor are an added bonus.
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