It was only 18 months ago when we took a look at Samsung's SyncMaster 213T and declared it the best $1,000 LCD that we had seen. The (relatively) high resolution of 1600x1200, the bright backlight and sleek look put the 213T in the "Ultra-Enthusiast" pool with very few competitors. Ultra-High End has a whole new meaning now, and with reason. Since the Samsung 213T, we have seen high end displays shift toward wide screen, and support for higher resolutions and smaller pixel pitches (0.258mm versus 0.27mm). The entire industry owes Dell a slight pat on the back for their part in really pushing the price barrier.

We were a little surprised when Dell unveiled their next generation lineup last year, since it did not include a 23" display based on a SIPS panel. Instead, two of Dell's four displays went to Samsung (the UltraSharp 1905FP and the 2405FPW) and the mainstream model went to LG.Philips (the UltraSharp 2005FPW). Although the UltraSharp 1905FP and 2005FPW turned out to be phenomenal monitors and the 2405FPW is the cheapest LCD larger than 21", did Dell make the right move by ditching LG.Philips for the highest model? Apple and HP certainly think that LG.Philips LCD has the right formula with their Super IPS displays, and in past display reviews, 8-bit SIPS displays have done very well in our comparisons.

Today, we are taking a look at a display that has been available for a little while, but it's only been a few weeks since it broke the magic $1,000 barrier. The HP L2335 is actually a business display - but it just so happens to support component, composite, S-Video, signal zoom and a 16ms gray-to-gray response time. While I love working in Excel on a 23" LCD as much as the next guy, playing World of Warcraft at 1920x1200 on a low response time display doesn't get any better. Obviously, the market has changed quite a bit in 18 months. What was once top of the line barely gets recognition here on AnandTech, and the monitors that do end up on top are truly modern marvels. Does HP have the opportunity to pick up where Dell left off and capitalize on the success of previous LG.Philips panels? That's exactly what we are set to find out!

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  • araczynski - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    coming out of the gate late (compared to the dell 2405) and also charging more for the same thing is hardly a good way to try to compete...

    this just guarantees that dell will continue to the winner in this round.

    i mean the average consumer will see 2 of the same monitors with a $250+ price difference, hardly a decision that will take more then a few seconds to 'analyze'.

    HP needs hooked on phonics...going the way of gateway, cept gateway at least mattered at one point...
  • headbox - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    It is retarded when they crack open a monitor to show the insides. There's NO REASON to do it if we already know what kind of screen it has. It can't be upgraded. It can't be modified. It's just a hunk of silicon we've all seen before. Big deal.
  • Deinonych - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    Dell's high-end monitor line is branded UltraSharp, not UltraSync. You may wish to change these references in the article. :)
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    BoboSama: Unfortunately I don't think any LCD could really stand up to a CRT as far as response time (since there isn't any on a CRT) or image quality (it's much higher on a CRT).

    Also keep in mind that a 21" Trinitron has about the same viewable area of a 19" or 20" LCD.

    What do you use your displays for primary? If it isn't gaming or photographic work then the LCDs reviewed today will probably be just fine.

  • IdahoB - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I don't get the comment in the article "but it's only been a few weeks since it broke the magic $1,000 barrier."

    I can't see it for under $1000 anywhere...
  • BoboSama - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    Is there anyway to benchmark this LCD against a 21" Trinitron Flat Tube CRT for image quality and other specifications? I currently have dual 21" CRT's for development and I would like to know if two of these monitors would be a suitable replacement.
  • flatblastard - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    #10 We should be asking you that question, since you have both of them on-hand.
  • flatblastard - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    ....and maybe then we'll finally have a screen technology worthy of replacing direct-view CRTs.
  • Quanticles - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    If you want headshots in counter-strike there's only one way to go... and those usually weight 60 lbs...

    two more years and maybe..
  • Bghead8che - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I have the Dell 2405 and the HP 2335 on hand. Has Anandtech reviwed the Dell? Which one is superior for gaming and color accuracy?

    Any thoughts?

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