Nick Sterwald "Just a dude who buys things on the internet", Amazon
30 April 2009
Summary: I felt I had to add to the "Not so great" category. Viewing angles really are that bad, "Halo" light around the edge of the monitor (This is after sending it back for yet another refurb). With brightness dialed down along with contrast, the picture can look good, but over all it really isn't a good monitor. I was really hoping for a refund whenm I returned the first unit, but it looks like there are a ton of available "Famous" maker HPs out there....
small problem with monitor - BIG problem with HP cust. serv.
systems student, Amazon
3 April 2009
Summary: I'm pretty ticked off about this, this morning. A small problem with the software for this monitor has, thanks to HP's incredibly poor customer service, turned into a $662 problem. First, the rotation software would not work so I could not turn the screen up on it's side and have the picture rotate into place. Not that big a deal, but I sent a message to their "award winning" customer service, anyway. I just want to know who gave them these awards! Who?
Software causes issues with Office 2007 and there are driver issues
Amazon Customer "quilting geek", Amazon
6 March 2009
Summary: The My Display software apparently works only with Vista (I have XP Pro). This is contrary to what the documentation says but this is what HP support says. I have just spent a very frustrating 2 hours trying to get this resolved. In addition, when I upgraded to version 1.36, I started having issues with my MS Office 2007. Since you only need the My Display s/w if you are going to use the monitor in portrait mode, I guess you do not need it if you use it in landscape.
Summary: Couldn't get the pivot to work -- but even so, the viewing angle is so limited, using it in portrait mode would be impossible. I gave up after repeated attempts. Colors out of the box were very poor -- heavy green cast. After hours of working with My Display, I managed to get it pretty neutral but if I had it to do over again, I'd buy something else. I'm going to try using a calibration gizmo -- but I doubt I'll ever get the screen image to match a print.
Summary: When I first viewed this large screen monitor, I was totally amazed with the deep contrast and color saturation. The stars in my Hubble Orion nebula wallpaper sparkled almost like real stars. Nothing in real life creates the glowing colors and intense visual experience this monitor puts out. BUT, within about a minute of turning it on, as my amazement with the color saturation subsided, this monitor's serious problem with vertical viewing angle became apparent.
Summary: Color shifting is a prob, even though I use a Huey color-calibration device my prints still do not print as they look on the screen (all my ICC profiles are downloaded, etc). It's just way off. I received it as a gift from my tech-guy hubby, so I'm thinking he probably didn't get reviews from a professional photos forum, etc.
Summary: Like most home HP computer products, this monitor is cheaply made, clarity is only good looking directly in front on the monitor and the glare is terrible. I'll stick with a better Dell LCD monitor instead.