Ever since I replaced my CPU and 17 inch monstrous CRT monitor with a 14 inch HP laptop, I’ve been missing the large screen badly. Getting a new monitor to connect with my laptop was on my cards since quite some time, but I was unable to materialize it due to one or the other reasons. But, finally I bought a new big black beautiful bitch from Kolkata. It was pretty difficult to find a 22 inch monitor with HDMI port. I checked in 4 shops – including the (in)famous E-Mall in Chandani Chowk, Kolkata and got a negative. 22 inches are very common in CC but HDMI port was the problem. Finally, I was able to lay my hands on one with HDMI port at good old Arihant’s. Thanks to his bias for kgpians, he not only arranged the monitor with HDMI support, but also gave it to me at the old (cheaper) price. Here’s a snap of the laptop with the monitor connected with the HDMI cable.
Coming to the specifications:
It has a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 10000:1. It has a D-sub, DVI-D as well as HDMI input connector. I have tried the DVI-D input connector once, but most of the time I’ve been running with the HDMI connector. Note that, the HDMI connector doesn’t come along with the Monitor and you’ll have to buy it separately. The picture quality has been great ! It took me quite some time to grasp all the functionalities of its vast menu. It has a number of preconfigured settings which can be changed from the monitor’s panel manually. It also has inbuilt speakers and supports HDMI audio. The response time is 5 ms (gray to gray is 2 ms). Its user manual also boasts of a senseye+photo technology which gives 5 preset modes to support everyday needs. I haven’t been able to discover these modes fully yet. But, for sure this bitch is on for some real adventure for the coming few days.
There seems to be some problem with ubuntu 10.04 as it has failed to support the HD audio on my system. It works absolutely fine on windows 7 but ubuntu is creating quite some trouble. But I’m not surprized, 10.04 was launched jst a week back and its pretty much expected to have some bugs in the system for the next few days. I’m hoping that the problem will be fixed asap. I’ve been using the monitor for mostly 2 purposes – viz coding and watching movies in full HD. The experience is simply awesome ! Combined with a Creative 2.1 speakers, it acts pretty much like a Home Theatre system. Very soon I’ll be getting myself a 5.1 speakers and it’ll add some more fun to the experience.