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HP P1230

At a Glance
  • HP p1230

HP P1230
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The P1230 comes at a reasonable price for a 22-inch monitor ($600 at the time or our review). We were impressed by some (but not all) of its advanced controls, particularly the ability to choose from five color-quality presets or to custom-configure color levels. The monitor's Diamondtron picture tube allows the user to crank up the display's luminance with two "SuperBright" modes: one for movies and one for photos. But we preferred viewing our test photos at the monitor's standard brightness, as the SuperBright setting gave them a freaky neonlike appearance. At the regular, default settings we used for testing, the P1230 scored in the middle of the pack for both text and graphics quality. One handy feature is a pair of inputs that allows you to toggle the monitor between two PCs.

The P1230 performs well, but similarly priced models we've looked at edge it out in image quality.

Sean Captain

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At a Glance
  • HP p1230

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