The Good The HP w2558hc is a feature-packed display with numerous connectivity options and add-ons. In addition, it has a built-in digital photo frame interface and good performance in movies and games.
The Bad The HP w2558hc has no turning function, unstable viewing angles, and its gaming is pre-calibrated too brightly.
The Bottom Line The HP w2558hc is full of features and well worth the asking price.
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The 25.5-inch Hewlett-Packard w2558hc is packed with features and at an average price of $ 460, it is well worth the investment. Quick features include: two HDMI ports, a webcam, a microphone, five USB ports, a compact flash drive and SD card reader, night light and a built-in digital photo frame tool. This is not comparable to the higher quality of the 800 Planar PX2611w in the plane switch panel and more accurate color reproduction; however, what the HP w2558hc lacks in the viewing angles is offset by a solid blow for the dollar. If the owner of an IPS-based monitor is not of paramount importance, we recommend the HP w2558hc due to its relatively low cost and a number of features.
Design and features
The HP w2558hc looks like a larger version of the HP 2009m, and even more so the HP w2408h. The black monitor panel and 25.5-inch screen are extremely glossy and, surprisingly, fingerprint magnets.
A 1.5-inch frame on all sides, and a gray 1-inch pad surrounds the entire panel. At the top right of the lining, there is a strange translucent 1.5-inch power button that emits a light turquoise glow. The gray stand is about 11.6 inches wide and 11.4 inches deep. The knock of the display on the sides of the screen only fluctuated, while the stand and the rest of the display remained in place. The height of the screen can be adjusted by almost 3 inches, and on the desktop sits approximately 3.5 inches from the highest point. Full width – 24.5 inches; a bit longer than the 23.5-inch Planar PX2611w. The HP panel is 3.25 inches deep from the bezel to the back.
The neck of the display is made with the hinge at its base and up. This allows the screen to tilt back completely so that it faces straight up. If the display were a touch screen, it would be useful; but since this is not the case, we do not see anyone using this feature. We appreciated the cable router around the neck which holds the loose cables well. Although the panel does not rotate independently of the stand, the stand rests on a small “button” on the bottom of the footrest that protrudes slightly. This small button, which rotates the entire display 360 degrees, is a useful, inexpensive way to rotate.
Video connectivity options include one DVI and two HDMI ports, with two USB downstream and one upstream to the right of DVI. There are a number of connection options on the left side of the panel, including two USB ports, a CompactFlash port and an SD / Memory Stick reader. Also on the side is a removable mini-export control that is used to navigate photos and edit slideshows using the built-in w2558hc digital photo frame tool. The HP w2558hc also includes built-in speakers at the back of the display.
At the top of the panel there is a built-in webcam, and to the right is a small opening for the built-in microphone. The face down, in the lower middle of the frame, is “light for the task.” The task light includes three brightness settings and can be useful if the room is low on light to calibrate the monitor in the dark.
Located in the upper left corner of the HP panel is a useful exterior light sensor. The light sensor automatically increases or decreases the brightness of the display, which becomes darker with little ambient light and brighter with more – useful in a room that receives a lot of sunlight. (You can turn off the sensor using the on-screen display.)
The on-screen display is located in the lower right corner of the panel and includes four buttons. Each button feels clear and gives a nice outfit when pressed. The OSD screen includes controls for many options, including brightness, contrast, aspect ratio, and color temperature. In addition, there are four video presets: Movie, Photo, Gaming and Text. Each setting changes the brightness, contrast and, in some cases, the color temperature. Although the settings for the movie, photos and text met their intended goals, the pre-configured games made our test game very lucrative.
You can access the digital picture editor by clicking the image button next to the on-screen array, and a mini-takeout or OSD can be used to navigate the media viewer. The browser is responsive and the user interface is simple, with a short learning curve. In the Image Frame interface, you have the ability to create slideshows and add music to give it a personal touch. Settings allow you to change the slide show transition type, speed, and adjust settings such as contrast, color and brightness.
The HP w2558hc 16:10 aspect ratio has an output resolution of 1 920×1200 pixels. The trend of 16: 9 monitors now covering the market has produced many smaller monitors that have a higher resolution than they could at 16:10. The 22-inch (or 21.5) 16: 9 aspect ratio now has a potential built-in HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels as opposed to 1680×1,050 pixels. However, we understand why HP chose 16:10 for the w2558hc, because with such a large screen, you want to make sure that users have the highest resolution to take advantage of its size.
Resolution: 1 920×1200 pixels
Pixel Response Rate: 3ms
Contrast: 1000: 1
Brightness: 400 cd / m2
Connection: DVI, HDMIx2
HDCP compatible? So
Video cables included? DVI, HDMI
Backlight type: CCFL
Panel type: TN
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
We tested the HP w2558hc with its DVI connection. The display shows a composite score of 87 on CNET lab performance tests. We compared it to the 25.5-inch Planar PX2611w, which scored 88. The W2558hc scored well in most of our color tests, but was mistaken for color tracking, looking for the unwanted color in shades of gray because it gave more green than we wanted. During the black screen test, we saw blurry at the top and bottom edges of the screen.
HP w2558hc brightens 387 cand. Per square meter (cd / m2) – slightly lower than the stated HP maximum 400 cd / m2. The glider, with a brightness of 308 cd / m2, turned out to be much lower than the max. 400 cd / m2.
Our Murder Bill Vol. 1 DVD ghost test on DVD gave minimal ghost on HP and noticeably more ghosts on Planar. We played this movie in the pre-installed HP Movie application and appreciated its deep dark and bright colors.
Unreal Tournament 3 looked great, running at 1,920×1200 pixels – as long as we didn’t use pre-installed games. Otherwise, we didn’t see any blur or evidence of input lag.
We also used DisplayMate Motion Bitmaps Edition to test the refresh rate and noticed that HP had smaller distances and blur than Planar. We also looked at a number of high resolution photos from DisplayMate Test Photos Edition in the pre-installed photos of each monitor, and Planar provided more accurate and saturated colors.
The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. From this angle, you view the colors and gamut by destination. Most monitors are made for viewing only at this angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Like most monitors, the HP w2558hc uses a TN panel that gets too bright or too dark when viewed from sub-optimal angles.
|HP w2558hc||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||92.8|
|On (max luminance)||95.65|
|On (min luminance)||43.82|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||60.07|
|Annual energy cost||$28.94|
HP w2558hc’s power consumption tests received a whopping 92.8 watts in its default / on mode – more than the IPS-based PPS2611w, with 89.4 watts. Based on our formula, the w2558hc will cost $ 28.94 a year, compared to the PX2611w $ 27.96 a year.
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
478 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
452 Acer G24
429 Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
417 HP w2558hc
387 Planar PX2611
308 V7 D24W33
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
939:1 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
891:1 Planar PX2611
837:1 ViewSonic VA2626WM
775:1 Acer G24
752:1 V7 D24W33
670:1 HP w2558hc
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
90 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP
90 Acer G24
89 Planar PX2611
88 Samsung SyncMaster 2693HM
88 HP w2558hc
87 ViewSonic VA2626WM
Learn more about how we test LCD monitors.
Service and support
HP supports the w2558hc with a one-year limited part and backlight coverage. This is much smaller than other vendors, such as Dell, which typically offers three-year coverage. Added labels for home delivery and services, as well as 24-7 HP support for free. Just keep in mind that the free service expires in a year, and HP starts charging after that. The HP Web site offers chat and email support within an hour.