Summary: Where to start.... I have been using a NEC 1700M+ LCD Monitor since 2001, and paid $1000.00 for that monitor. This HP L2208W LCD Monitor replaced it, for $182.00, including s/h. Even tho I did not buy this HP L2208W Monitor on Amazon, I will say a bit about it here. This is a great monitor. It is BRIGHT and CLEAR.
Summary: If, like me, you use this with a Windoze laptop that has a screen resolution different from the 1680x1050 that this monitor INSISTS on using then you are in for some occasional trouble. The problem is that, even if it can display the resolution that the Windoze box comes up with, it will only do so for a few minutes. After that it pops up a message saying "going to sleep" and does.
Summary: I purchased this monitor to go with my MacPro 15" laptop. Because of all the great Amazon reviews, I was all ready to buy a Samsung for about $100 more, but when I saw how crisp and clear my boss's HP display was I changed my mind and purchased the HP L2208w. I love it! The color is a little cooler than my laptop display but it's totally adjustable through the Monitor>Color>Calibration>Advanced control panel.
Summary: I purchased this monitor from an Amazon vendor. It arrived very quickly, however I was not able to get it functioning. It kept telling me "monitor is going to sleep." It would not stay "awake" long enough to try to get it working properly. After a couple hours of frustration I called HP support. When I explained what it was doing they sent me a new monitor at no charge. The new monitor works perfectly, was very easy to install and begin using.
Summary: The color is perfect and the size is generous. Detail clarity is somewhat lacking with dark gray on light gray colors, and some photos are not extra high quality. It is a very good product at a great price.