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19 - 24-inch LCDs Reviews
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HP L1906 19in LCD monitor

£179 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 2.5 out of 5

The HP L1906 adds yet another option to the 19in LCD monitor category. However, considering the fact that most 19in versions are widescreen, the standard 4:3 HP L1906 19in has limited appeal.

The HP L1906 adds yet another option to the 19in LCD monitor category. However, considering the fact that most 19in versions are widescreen, the standard 4:3 HP L1906 19in has limited appeal.

The HP L1906 is less than ideal for watching movies, gaming or even working with multiple documents. The monitor specifications (500:1 contrast ratio, 250 nits brightness level) are comparable to other offerings in the market, while the response time and view angles are slightly lower.

The HP L1906 19in's 12ms rated response time and 140/130 (H/V) viewing angles are not very suitable for gaming or movies. To judge the display's colour performance, we used the Konica Minolta CS-200 colourimeter.

We found that the default factory settings were set too high. After tweaking the brightness and contrast settings, and colour calibrating the display we brought the HP L1906 19in to its best possible state.

The HP L1906 19in did a good job with colour accuracy, particularly with the blues and reds; the greens were average at best. In our DisplayMate colour gradation tests, the monitor did a fair job with colour scale gradients. On our custom response time tests, the L1906 performed well with movie clips but exhibited ghosting with high-frame rate gaming.

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HP L1906 Expert Verdict »
HP L1906 Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
19in LCD display
422x203x427mm
5.3 kg
dot pitch: 0.294 mm
max resolution: 1280x1024/75Hz
max sync rate (V x H): 76Hz x 83kHz
video bandwidth: 140MHz
8ms response time
controls: brightness, contrast, H/V position, colour temperature, phase, clock
anti-glare, anti-static coating
VGA signal input
colour temperature: 9300K, adjustable, 6500K
brightness: 250 cd/m2
contrast ratio: 500:1
max viewing angles: 140x130
1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 5 of 10 overall

To sum it up, the HP L1906's performance veers towards a product aimed at office use. On the design and usability front, the monitor can only be adjusted vertically. It also lacks a DVI input and has no built-in speaker. The OSD controls are pretty straightforward, and tweaking the settings is simple. The monitor's overall build quality is excellent, and the finish is elegant. However, given its price tag the HP L1906 is not particularly a value buy.

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