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HP F1903

At a Glance
  • HP Pavilion F1903 19'' LCD Monitor

HP F1903
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The HP F1903 looks great on the outside, with its soft pewter coloring and its clean, gently rounded lines. All the buttons are clearly marked and easy to see. Unlike many units built for looks, the F1903 is height-adjustable and can swivel left and right. The metallic design extends to the on-screen manager, which looks more like music player software than like the usual block-lettered menu.

Unfortunately, the screen itself was less than thrilling, displaying dull, grayish colors on all graphics tests. Detail disappeared in dark areas, but bright areas showed excellent detail; this helped the F1903 earn a Good rating for graphics. It fared worse on text, delivering the poorest scores we've seen lately on our Microsoft Word and Excel screens.

Its polished industrial design doesn't make up for the HP F1903's poor image quality.

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • HP Pavilion F1903 19'' LCD Monitor

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