The L1730 is very reasonably priced ($460 at the time of our review) for a 17-inch LCD that supports both digital and analog video inputs. It performed admirably in our text-based image quality tests, earning an evaluation of Very good; its graphics performance was slightly below the average of the monitors in our roundup, but still earned a Good rating. In our color photo tests, the L1730's colors were less intense and details (in highlights and shadows) were more limited compared with other models we evaluated.
Fully adjustable, the L1730 panel can tilt, swivel, and rotate from landscape to portrait orientation. (HP includes Portrait Displays' Pivot Pro software for reorienting the screen image.) The height can also be adjusted, though the unit we received for testing had a somewhat stiff double-hinged neck. The silver bezel houses a pair of 2-watt stereo speakers that sounded passable--though hardly penetrating--when reproducing our test tracks. We found the volume wheel on the monitor base easier to use than the on-screen controls that most monitors provide, but we missed having a headphone jack.
The L1730 is a good buy for a digital model with lots of positional adjustability, but other 17-inch models are better suited for graphics-intensive work.
17-inch screen, 1280 by 1024 native resolution, 15.4 pounds, twisted nematic panel, one analog and one digital input; tilt, swivel, height adjustments; TCO'99-compliant. Three-year warranty (including backlight); 24-hour daily toll-free tech support.