I think my biggest frustration with this debranded HP 22″ monitor is the lack of a DVI to HDMI adapter in the box. I don’t believe the market penetration of HDMI is as of yet high enough to preclude such an omission.
However, this monitor could easily be used as a small TV when combined with an HDMI-connected digital TV receiver or high-def DVD player. Its multiple modes, which alter color, brightness, and contrast, are an advantage to the multitasker who has a TV or DVD player connected via HDMI and a computer or laptop connected via the VGA connection.
The on-board speakers are not of quality, though. They are very tinny-there’s barely any bass. They’re not even really sufficient for an PMP audio source. They might be acceptable for monoaural TV or non-audiophile movies, but not for music or serious gaming. The speakers are on the rear, too, so the sound has to propagate through the room from that direction, first. The speakers are probably acceptable for an office computer where sound is only heard for system warnings and such.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the HP TS-22W7H Debranded 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor a 7 out of 10 score.
- Excellent display for office tasks and movies
- Price ($175 at time of writing)
- HDMI input, VGA input for back-up
- Glossy screen frustrating for gaming or other tasks of varying brightness
- No DVI Adapter in the box
- Speakers have almost no bass, rendering them useless for music/games/action movies
- Light bleed from bottom is seriously detracting
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.