Displays and Input Devices

Monitors for CAD

20 Mar, 2013 By: Curt Moreno

Cadalyst Labs Report: Before you make your next monitor purchase, learn how to choose options that will meet your needs and take a look at six current models that we put through their paces in Cadalyst Labs.

HP ZR2440w
24" LED-backlit LCD monitor
Overall Grade: A+
Pros: High performance, very clear and bright, seems larger than 24", variety of video and audio ports, great value.
Cons: None significant.
Price: $399
HP | 800.289.6947

Highly RecommendedHP, the world's largest manufacturer of desktop hardware, sells plenty of monitors. If the HP ZR2440w is any indication, then it's easy to see why.

Resolution. The HP ZR2440w display is a 24" IPS panel with an LED backlight and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Maybe because it was the brightest monitor of the bunch at 350 cd/m2, this panel seemed larger than 24 inches! Images are rich and deep with satisfying blacks and clear, sharp colors thanks to a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and 6-ms response time.

Ports and plugs. On the back of the unit, you will find video connection ports for DVI-D, DisplayPort, and HDMI — but no VGA, so some users will require a converter. Located alongside the video ports are two USB ports as well as one USB upstream port. Also present are audio outputs for both analog and digital external speakers, and HP's own optional LCD speaker bar. All ports on the rear of the monitor face downward. The HP ZR2440w also comes equipped with a security lock port. Mounted flush and facing outward on the left side of the monitor are two additional USB ports as well as HP's handy pullout information card that provides product details typically requested during support calls.

HP's ZR2440w 24" IPS panel offers all the features you need in a monitor for a reasonable price.
HP's ZR2440w 24" IPS panel offers all the features you need in a monitor for a reasonable price.

Design and adjustability. The stand and pedestal for the HP ZR2440w are nice and simple. The stand provides a wide range of motion, including approximately 4" (100 mm) of vertical adjustment and a tilt range of 40 degrees. The monitor is capable of 45 degrees of swivel and a typical 90-degree rotation into portrait mode. I found adjustments smooth and effortless. The base of the monitor provides excellent stability.

This monitor was one of two that was not preassembled. I was momentarily disappointed — until I noticed its clever assembly mechanism. An ingenious hook and clip make for fast assembly and disassembly. Cable management is provided by a simple pass-through port at the base of the stand.

Warranty. Coverage for the unit is three years for parts, labor, and backlight. The HP ZR2440w is available through the retail channel, as well as HP, for approximately $399.

This is a fine-looking monitor with great performance and thoughtful features that would be welcome on any CAD desk. Highly Recommended.

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