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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  • hoppa - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    Wish I could afford it!
  • slayer01 - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I work for LG and repair LCD monitors all day, and LG does make some good panels and monitors. But LG has screwed Dell for the last few years and Dell is probably going to drop them from all the Dell models. LG and Dell have been battling the "mura issue" as of late.
  • bersl2 - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    Now, take *exactly* this display and scale it down to 19"-20" and $750-$800, and maybe then we'll talk.
  • racolvin - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I'm obviously missing something somewhere. Can someone give me a link that would explain the diff between SIPS and PVA? I have the Dell 2405FPW and so far its been awesome - and yes, I game with it :) There was obviously some preference for a SIPS panel that I just don't understand, and since I had considered the HP before I bought the Dell, I'd like to understand what I missed the first time around :)
  • Questar - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    "...the drab silver bezel reminds us of a circa 1998 HP desktop."

    Or maybe a 2005 model? All HP corporate systems have a silver bezel.

  • Shalmanese - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    What? No solitare benchmark?
  • Gatak - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I'd like to see colour accuracy with the tested TFT monitors. As a graphics artist and photographer this is very important. More so than response times.
  • Capt Caveman - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    I've had this monitor for over a year. Back then it cost $1400 and was a steal compared to the Sony 23" and Samsung 24" LCDs both over $2000.

    I've always enjoyed playing games on it and glad to see it get some props. I was jealous of the Dell 24" LCD for it's price and supposedly 12ms response time but I guess that's just marketing spin and the L2335 is actually more responsive. Nice Review
  • cryptonomicon - Friday, July 8, 2005 - link

    awesome. so does it take the gaming crown?

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