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4 reasons to buy HP 2311x 


The Good The HP 2311x includes the trifecta of connection options, all placed in an easily accessible spot. Don’t expect world-beating performance, but for $230 it’s quite good and even more impressive currently from Amazon.com for $180.

The Bad The monitor does not have ergonomic tilting support, its previous settings for movies and games are too dark, and it has a plastic build quality. Some audio options would be helpful.

The Bottom Line The HP 2311x is a great monitor offering with good performance and a great range of connections at a price.

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6.4 Overall

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Support

When considering a new purchase, the importance of price cannot be underestimated. Just setting a low price on a sticker on a product can make something not even on your radar suddenly necessary. If, like me, you were a Steam client on vacation, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

However, for large purchases, functionality takes precedence over price. At least for me it does. I’ve just been burned too many times, going with the cheaper alternative to be dissatisfied with the experience he gave me.

Last year, the HP 2311x got a lot of attention on CNET from you guys when Amazon.com started selling it for $ 180. It has since dropped even lower. I think it is not only the price that has intrigued potential buyers, but also the range of connectivity options.

So is the HP 2311x a great monitor, or just great for the price?

Design and features
Smooth and clean – honest to describe the overall aesthetics of the HP 2311x. Running my fingers across the back of the monitor, I felt like I was lying between soft sheets with high threads. Well, maybe not so smoothly, but it felt nice. However, the build quality also feels hollow, plastic and, well, cheap. But hey, smooth.

Also, why not every monitor is designed with backlinks laid out in an easily accessible way does not bother me, but I am incredibly grateful. Support for 2311x HDMI, DVI and VGA connections is a nice surprise considering the low cost. Although DisplayPort would be an exciting bonus.

Although the 2311x is not limited by connections, ergonomic support is a different story. Ergo settings are limited to a 25-degree tilt, without turning, turning or adjusting the height.

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The right and left sides of the panel are 0.9 inches, the full panel is 21.9 inches wide, the bottom of the panel is 2.7 inches from the desktop. The foot stand measures 10.6 inches wide by 6.2 inches wide and provides great stability for the monitor as knocking it from one side resulted in a single turn.

For anyone who is familiar with the HP Screen Display, you will not find any surprises here. Brightness, contrast and sharpness are present. Five presets are included: Movies, Games, Text, Photos, and Custom. Unfortunately, in our model, it seems that a set of text preferences switches to a custom one, since this is the only preset that allowed color adjustments.

Speaking of color, here are three color temperature options: warm, cool, and normal (somewhere between warm and cool). It also comes with RGB-colored controls to fine-tune the red, green and blue.

The OSD screen is located in the bottom right corner and consists of four horizontally aligned buttons with small white icons along the frame indicating the functions of each button. The leftmost pushbutton activates the menu, and the Up, Down, and Enter buttons round out the array. Navigating through the menu was a direct endeavor.

Design and feature highlights
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI, VGA
Ergonomic options: 25-degree back tilt
Resolution: 1,920×1,080 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Audio: N/A
VESA wall-mount support: No
Included video cables: DVI, VGA
Backlight: LED
Panel type: TN
Screen film: Matte
Number of presets: 5
Overdrive: No
Picture options: Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness
Color controls: RGB and 3 color temperature options
Gamma control: No
Additional features: N/A

I tested the HP 2311x on a DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC with a DVI cable included. The display shows a composite score of 91 on CNET lab performance tests.

There are many debates about the benefits of AG against these days. Some viewers prefer not to cover at all, while others prefer only a limited number. And others are absolutely indifferent. AG coverage does not adversely affect the quality of the monitor, and its merits or lack thereof are purely a matter of preference.

This means that the HP 2311x HP screen has a lightweight coating that reduces potential reflections while keeping part of the screen used by glossy screens. A full glossy display can increase the perceived contrast of the monitor screen – which some people prefer – but it can also be difficult to see in direct sunlight.

DisplayMate:The 2311x displays light gray to 253. Level 255 is considered white and each level between 1 and 1 is gray. After calibration, the monitor could not distinguish between 255 and 254; which matches the white level of the Samsung PX2370, which also reached 253. The 2311x performance here indicates that the display is probably not liable to flush light colors. As for the dark gray, the 2311x displays up to level 2, keeping very deep black, indicating that the display is capable of very low black.

The monitor has tried many of our color scale tests, which assess the monitor’s ability to smoothly display different shades of different colors. These 2311x tests have many color deviations, which are explained by unwanted jumps and discrepancies in scale, rather than displaying them smoothly and linearly.

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In our dark screen test, the monitor showed obvious cloudiness in the left lower edge, but overall it wasn’t too bad. However, the absence of light bleeding 2311x seems to have something in common with the low overall brightness.

Text:The black text on the white looked clear, with no obvious color-tone issues. The fonts were clearly visible up to size 6.8.

Movies:I tested the HP 2311x using Avatar’s Blu-ray version. The pre-set movie delivers a great experience, showcasing the high contrast and bright look with rich colors and some of the deepest blacks I’ve ever seen on a monitor. In fact, they are too deep. You see, the pre-installed movie incorporates dynamic contrast, and this unfortunately compresses the dark details.

A great example of this in Avatar is when Jake meets the leader of the Na’vi tribe at night. The tribe’s hair is full of dark hair, but when Dynamic Contrast is enabled, the details of the hair are not visible. Moving to a pre-installed Text program and contrast pumping revealed more scythe, but it also ruined the cinematic, high-contrast look.

If you can handle the missing dark details in the scenes, a pre-installed movie does a good job of providing a movie feel. If seeing every detail is important to you, I have found that the following settings work best.

Attribute Setting
Preset Text (or Custom)
Brightness 100
Contrast 48
Color temperature Cool
Color settings R-255

Games:When evaluating the appearance of games on your monitor, the two most important features to consider are brightness and color. If the monitor can display games with bright and bright clarity, this will go a long way. If colors also appear full and deep, games can usually look great.

Star Wars: The Old Republic on the HP 2311x in Gaming Presets had high brightness with colors that came in handy. However, like the movie that was pre-installed, Gaming incorporates dynamic contrast, and again the dark detail is lost.

For a more balanced presentation, try the following settings:

Attribute Setting
Preset Text (or Custom)
Brightness 100
Contrast 70
Color temperature Warm
Color settings R-255

To check the refresh rate, I used DisplayMate graphics motion tests and looked at a number of colored blocks as they moved across the screen at different speeds. During the 2311x test, it turned out to be noticeably less bright than the Samsung SyncMaster PX2370.

Photos:For face and blond hair, 2311x colors are sometimes so slightly submerged in a greenish tint compared to the PX2370, but the bright colors of the outfit and the surroundings brighten up. Fortunately, the colors can be adjusted, and I found the following options best for viewing photos.

Attribute Setting
Preset Text (or Custom)
Brightness 100
Contrast 85
Color temperature Normal
Color settings R-255

Recommended settings:I used CalPC from SpectraCal to calibrate the HP 2311x for viewing in a bright room. The following options are what adjusted the monitor after calibration.

Attribute Setting
Preset Text
Brightness 100
Contrast 48
Color temperature Normal
Color settings R-255

For general use, these are the best settings; however, for more specific tasks such as movies and games, read the relevant sections of my recommended settings.

Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you view the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not designed to be viewed from any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angles depends on the type of monitor panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen, if you do not look at optimal angles.

The 2311x uses the TN panel, and its viewing angles are consistent with other TN monitors as colors begin to shift when viewed from about 6 to 7 inches left or right. As always with TN panels, the higher and lower viewing angles are the worst offenders. From these angles, the graphic or text detail is best understood.

This is typical for the vast majority of TN panels, although this is one of the limitations of the technology. This is also why the HP 2311x can be found for up to $ 180, so I can’t knock it too hard (or other TN based monitors). Just understand that you probably won’t be creating art for the next great website with this. I would suggest a more professional IPS based monitor like Asus PA246Q for that.

Energy consumption:The HP 2311x has reached high power consumption, with a default power of 24.9 watts. In the same test, Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 scored a similar 25.01 watts.

In our sleep / standby test, the HP 2311x pulled 0.59 watts and the PX2370 dropped 0.29 watts. Based on our formula, the 2311x will carry almost as much as the PX2370, with an annual draw of $ 7.84 per year, compared to $ 7.65 PX2370 per year.

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HP 2311x Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 24.9
On (max luminance) 26.4
On (min luminance) 11.8
Sleep 0.59
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 15.6
Annual power consumption cost $7.84
Score Good

Brightness in cd / m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H
251 Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H
248 Samsung PX2370
246Dell S2330MX
236 HP x2301
207 HP 2311x

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H
1,152:1 HP 2311x
1,145:1 Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H
1,061:1 Samsung PX2370
948:1Dell S2330MX
899:1 HP x2301

DisplayMate Performance Test (score)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung PX2370
97 Samsung SyncMaster S23A350H
93 HP 2311x
91 Samsung SyncMaster S23A550H
91 HP x2301
89Dell S2330MX

Learn more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
Hewlett-Packard supports 2311x with a three-year limited part and a back-up warranty – just like other vendors such as Dell. HP includes labels for free shipping and home maintenance as well as support through its 24-7 toll free number. Just remember that the free service expires in a year, and HP will charge you afterwards. The HP Web site offers web chat and email support, which the company says responds within the hour.

The HP 2311x offers a good package for its price. With three popular and useful connectivity options, good overall performance and plenty of color settings, it’s a pretty good price – $ 230. The fact that it can now be found for $ 180 makes it even more attractive and worth more than your dollar. Just make sure you don’t need anything more than a main monitor.

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