Hewlett Packard L1530
At a Glance
In a category where vendors often cut corners, HP still puts some nice extra features into its 15-inch LCD, and for a reasonable price of $360. For starters, it offers full adjustability, including tilt, height (via a double-hinged arm), swivel, and pivot from landscape to portrait orientation. (Software to re-orient the screen is included). A double hinge lets you fold the panel down flat, making the monitor easier to transport.
The L1530 provides both digital and analog video inputs (though you get only an analog cable in the box), as well as an input for the built-in speakers, which are controlled by a volume wheel at the bottom of the bezel (handier than requiring the user to enter the on-screen controls, as many monitors do). While the integrated speakers are no substitute for a separate, high-quality set, they sounded both richer and more powerful than those built into most other monitors.
The L1530's image quality was solid, earning a score of Very Good for both text and graphics quality. The print documentation is thin (par for the course with monitors these days), but the bundled CD includes a thorough manual, in PDF format, with nice extras such as basic photo illustrations for setup and a detailed troubleshooting section.
The L1530 does everything a 15-inch LCD should do, at a fair price.